The educational thoughts of Jason Epstein
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In this game, designed for ages 8-10, the CyberPigs play on their favourite Web site and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf. The purpose of the game is to teach kids how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators.
Media literacy is the process of accessing, analyzing, evaluating and creating messages in a wide variety of forms. It uses an inquiry-based instructional model that encourages people to ask questions about what they watch, see and read. Media literacy aims to enable people to be skillful creators and producers of media messages, both to facilitate an understanding as to the strengths and limitations of each medium, as well as to create independent media.
Around the World with 80 Schools started in January 2009 and is an ongoing project. The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype (a free video conferencing tool).
A new state lawRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader requires all Louisiana districts to implement policies requiring documentation of every electronic interaction between teachers and students through a nonschool-issued device, such as a personal cellphone or e-mail account, by Nov.15. Parents also have the option of forbidding any communication between teachers and their child through personal electronic devices.
A bullying/cyberbullying bill similar to the one that passed in California in 2009 became legislation in Massachusetts this week. It requires training of teachers and students, reporting of cyberbullying incidents to school administrators and prompt investigations into incidents that take place on campus, at school-sponsored events or bullying that affects the school environment.
A resource for all wireless users on the dangers of texting while driving. Take the pledge not to text and drive. To honor those taking the pledge, AT&T will contribute to non-profit organizations focused on youth safety.