If you are 50 years old or older, the majority of you may be familiar with the device we call the typewriter. I found a video where a “geek” combines both technologies of yesterday with today. Its a really neat concept. I hope you enjoy watching it, as I did.
The USB Typewriter
All I can say is WOW! This will be installed on my classroom PC’s. Zac Browser is geared towards autistic students but I think it will be effective with many of my students (disengaged students, ELL, etc).
Zac Browser <—– Click
Have a great school year!
Cyberbullying is a phenomenon of it’s own. People hide behind the anonymity of cyberspace and this gives them opportunity to harass and threaten others. This is known as the Online Disinhibition Effect. The wikipedia definition is “> the loosening (or complete abandonment) of social restrictions and inhibitions that would otherwise be present in normal face-to-face interaction during interactions with others on the Internet. This effect is caused by many factors, including dissociative anonymity, invisibility, asynchronicity, solipsistic introjection, dissociative imagination, and minimization of authority“. How can we, as parents and teachers, battle this issue? Check out the link and register for the Cyberbullying Toolkit. Together, we can tackle cyberbullying so the cyberbullies “dont stand a chance”.
I feel I am overwhelmed with information overload almost daily. As a child, I use to go to the local library or encyclopedias to find information about a specific topic and know it was from a credible source. Today, our students have to filter through the vast amounts of information they have access to. As teachers and parents, we need to ensure our students learn the appropriate tools to filter knowledge from this information. I am reminded of a commercial, not long ago, where a woman was talking to her male friend about how the “internet” was a credible source of knowledge. She stated her date was French. An unkempt gentleman walked up to the both of them, put his arm around her and smiled at her friend, saying “Bonjour” with a smirk as they walked away. We can take measure to ensure our students are not as naive as this woman was. It could lead them down a treacherous path someday.