Students need to be aware of who they are talking to online and need to know that the person they are friending is really who they say they are. They also need to be careful about websites asking for their information. There are several resources for parents to use to monitor their children's internet access, however, I believe the most important tool is the parent themselves. Parents need to talk to their children and explain the dangers of the internet so their children know what is OK to participate in on the internet and warning signs of what is not OK. Children must be aware that giving their personal information on websites can be dangerous. Websites who take children's personal information under the age of 13 have a set of standards that should, but cannot always be enforced. This is why parents must have an open dialogue with their children, even if they have applications for safety as these programs cannot catch every person who is looking for personal information.
When reading the posts of my classmates, I found out how much other people affect one's reputation (or do not affect their reputation) based on the responses in our forum. I feel that my cohorts in this class understand how to be responsible citizens of a digital world and have given others examples as well. I was quite surprised on the comments which some of the teachers made on their social media pages, especially the religous comment on gays and the level of sin. As a parent and a teacher, that comment was highly offensive as it attacks a person's way of life and is morally offensive to others. If that teacher feels that strongly about his beliefs, that is his choice, however, it becomes offensive when he applies his beliefs to others. All social network users, especially persons in public positions, need to be extra sensitive to their comments posted online to be sure they leave a positive impression of themselves towards others who are reading their comments.
Looking at all the presentations today gave me other new ideas which I could use with my students. The presentor was very informative and had many good resources for us to use in our projects and using the GIS system. I'm looking forward to receiving the geographic books which Ross had us sign up for today. This course was fun and the skills Iearned in this class are great skills which have real-life application for students. I especially enjoyed having the snacks and lunch and popsicles!
The field trip was a blast! I really liked monitoring the water systems around our area, escpecially because I teach science. I haven't taught ecology since last year, so this was a nice field experience. I think that 4 sites are plenty - we were all pretty tired at the end of the day. The pre-program needed to be shorter than 3 hours. The program seemed to be very repetitive information over and over again. It would have been nice to see some videos to break up the long lecture. The field person wasn't as knowledgeable as I thought she should be and she gave a wrong piece of information pertaining to classification of organisms. She was very nice and had a good working knowledge of water sheds and good general information about water quality.
The tree mapping project was a fun project. While I was completing the project, I thought of the process from the student's point of view and the timeline involved for a 6th grader to complete an assignment such as this one. I think the team of 3 worked well together. There was plenty of work for everyone to participate in and complete. I enjoyed downloading the information and using different symbols. There are many types of analyzation I could use as a teacher when working with students ona Working on this project in the morning was a better choice than working in the afternoon heat next to the roadway.