On student safety and privacy…

The use of Web 2.0 tools such as social media can assist students in learning how to communicate information online while interacting with each other, developing their information literacy and soft skills. Tumblr is an ideal tool to engage students in subject matter and extend their “Internet world beyond their first language” (Godwin Jones ...

On developing and using web-based resources

The potential... Web-based learning activities provide an opportunity for students to learn how to communicate and collaborate responsibly in an increasingly digital world (see Roblyer & Doering, 2014).  Particularly in rural and regional areas of Australia, web-based learning activities have the potential to provide students with resources and ‘virtual’ excursions or experiences that may not have ...

Navigating the Internet in the era of ‘alternative facts’

In the era of alternative facts, #seanspicersays and #pizzagate in which we now find ourselves it is more important than ever that students are equipped with the critical thinking and ICT skills they need to access, process and communicate reliable information. Stanford has published lessons that were used in a recent study in which students were ...

Resource stash: intellectual property, social media and privacy, cyberbullying

🔎 Be Deadly Online has published short clips and resources to teach students about social media and privacy, cyberbullying and managing their digital footprints. These can be used in coordination with the 9 Ps (passwords, privacy, personal information, photographs, property, permission, protection, professionalism and personal brand). As some of the materials contain minor coarse language, ...

Learning about cyber crime through social gamification

I endorse! 🤓 The Center for Identity has developed a web-based game titled “Beat the Thief" which allows students to adopt a character and share various types of information on a simulated social media platform. If the student shares information that is safe in public, they gain points, but if the student shares unsafe information, the ...

Technology integration – a reflection

I recently presented a paper at the Australasian Simulation Congress on technology integration in the context of a first semester engineering course, “Introduction to Scientific Research and Writing and the Basics of Project Management”. I drew on Hattie's (2009) research on high impact teaching and learning strategies to develop a pilot program (Pilot 2) in ...

On BYOD – tools and hacks

As I mentioned in a previous post,  the academic divide between students with low socio-economic backgrounds and students with average or advanced socio-economic backgrounds is much smaller when the schools have similar resources available (Connors and McMorrow, 2015). Unfortunately, an estimated sixty percent of Australia’s most disadvantaged students attend under resourced schools in low socio-economic ...