I don't recall too much about cyber safety throughout school. I asked one of my friends from elementary and high school if she could remember anything and she told me we were shown some videos that were meant to scare us. One of the only things I remember was from grade 4 or 5, when we talked about scenarios in which people, adults and even children our age, may ask us for information about us or photographs of us, and how this could and most likely is unsafe. I remember explicitly talking about nude photos for a whole class, mostly because rumours got around that a student was sharing another student's nude photo with classmates.
As for the video, even though I don't remember too much of it, I know it was most likely a scare tactic. From what we watched in class this term and what we talked about after watching it, it probably did not have much of and impact on my class and I at the time.
The talk we had about nude photos and how it is always a risk to send those kind of photos to people was very important, but maybe it should have been brought up a little sooner in this case. We also talked about how it is wrong to save or share these kind of photos we are sent with others, as they are sent to us in confidence, and that just because we are sent these photos does not mean we own these photos and that they are ours. I think these were the most important talks we could have had and this probably got through to us a little more that the videos ever would, because we were talking about stuff that was actually happening in our school, with people we knew, whereas, the video was just really poor acting.
First and foremost, I would like to say that I am not huge on technology, I can easily figure out how technology and different social medias work, but I hardly every use social media in my day to day life. Snapchat and TikTok are my most frequently used social medias, and while I have Facebook, instagram and twitter, I just never remember to check them or post to them.
Throughout this semester I have had a hard time getting into the habit of posting and retweeting on twitter, but the odd time I do remember to check twitter, I spend a good half hour on it looking through interesting lesson and/or unit plans, fun activities for students, and tips and tricks for teachers.
So far, I have already shared some super cool ideas that I found on TikTok with fellow teachers, both pre-service and in-service. The lesson I linked above is posted by two teachers who came up with involving science and decomposition. It works with not only science lessons but English as well.
I think when I begin teaching in my own classroom, twitter will turn out to be how I decide to document my journey of teaching, but it most likely will not be a HUGE part of it. I think I would use it to document my failures and successes and to share with other teachers what does and does not work for my class in particular. I may use it to share my lesson and unit plans, and maybe take away from other teachers whether it be some fun and cool ideas, or other things they have shared.
This week I made a time-lapse of my This Time-lapse of my technique exploration was created using a iPhone, iMovie, and YouTube! I shot the footage on my phone, put it through iMovie, played around with it to make the video just right, and then uploaded it to YouTube.
To begin, I set up a makeshift tri-pod type of contraption, by pulling my kitchen table over to where I sat on the floor to do watercolour. I then placed my phone so the camera could video the majority of my area. When I was ready I pressed record, and began my project learning for the week.
After setting up the camera and actually shooting the video, It was time to edit it and upload it to Youtube.
Overall, the process was fairly simple and easy to maneuver. Next time I think I would like to challenge myself with iMovie and try something a little more challenging. Nonetheless, here is my final result! For my first time I think it turned out pretty well!
Hello! My name is Halle, and I am a third year B. ED student at the University of Regina! I am focusing my studies on teaching Pre-K to Grade 5 students while learning how to create a positive and safe classroom for all.