Growing up online

“a must watch for all teachers, parents and anyone involved with students or children going online. The video was released  on the PBS network as part of the Frontline program. Growing Up Online explores a large number of issues about students growing up online and the challenges that everyone face from parents to teachers and most importantly students.There are teacher notes , the website as a whole has lots of information and links and provides a lot of good useful information. It is important to note that the show does focus on the negative side of going online, and that anyone using or showing clips need to ensure audiences know that going online has a lot of advantages and positives – we just need to get a balance and educate our children and their parents and teachers.”

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Scolding – last resort

Scolding: One of Communication’s Tools of Last Resort
by Jim Rohn

You have to be very careful of scolding.

Scolding, as a last resort, may be necessary but you must be very careful.

Scolding someone is like giving them a cut, giving them a small cut with your words on the hand. Maybe it will serve its purpose, and the cut will heal and everything will be okay. You needed to get their attention. But you must not do it everyday, all the time.

Some children end up with psychological scars because they have been cut (scolded) everyday. Scold, scold everyday and they wind up psychologically disadvantaged because of that kind of treatment. Because somebody has the words, but words that are cruel; and they use them too often, all the time rather than saving them up as a tool of last resort. They just cut and scold all the time, and kids sometimes have a hard time working out of this because of that kind of environment. “Too severe, it’s too severe”, we say. In some countries if you steal, they cut off your hand. In our country we’d say, “That’s a bit too severe isn’t it?” But guess what they say, “It is very effective.” Ask someone who has stolen, “Did you ever steal anything else?” And most assuredly they will answer, “Are you kidding with just one hand – No!” So it is effective, but we say too severe.

So parents, let me talk to you about cruel and unusual scolding. You must be gifted in thinking of ways to effectively communicate with your children. Now sometime severity is needed as a last, last resort. John Kennedy’s father, “Old Joe”, said this to John, and you will see when I give it to you that it will serve you in so many ways. Now here is what “Old Joe” said: “If it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not the change.” I am sure you got that message now. If it is not absolutely necessary to scold, then it is necessary not to scold. If it is not necessary to use sarcasm, then it is necessary in your communication not to use sarcasm. If it is not necessary to get angry, then it is necessary not to get angry; you get the idea.

If a parent screams all day at her children, the kids finally get used to it. They learn to say, “Momma, she just screams all day.” Kids come over to visit and the kids say, “Don’t mind Momma, she’s just a screamer, she just screams all day.” So the kids are just used to it. But now here is the big problem… when the 3-year old child heads for the street and a truck is coming and Momma screams; and nobody pays any attention. See Momma should save up her screams, so the day it becomes a necessary tool of last resort, and she does scream, the world stops! See that’s the key. These are called, “Tools of Last Resort”, use them well!

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Examples of Instructional materials on the web

Many people know that I regularly search the Web for examples of good instructional materials. Because folks often ask me for a list of the good ones that I find, I’ve decided to keep a web page with these good instructional examples. Please note that every example isn’t necessarily wonderful in all respects… but each shows good use of certain types of instructional strategies and interactions.

Making educational videos for kids ridiculously easy to find

WatchKnow ( has launched!  Dive in!

The new site makes educational videos for kids ridiculously easy to find.  We are launching with over 10,000 videos placed in over 2,000 categories, arranged in a very handy directory.  The site is a new kind of wiki: working together, contributors can edit video information, and they can also edit the directory by drag and drop, which will make building the resource truly “wikiwiki” — fast.  While the project is wide open and easy to get involved with (even anonymously), the project engages teachers to act as community moderators.  It is non-profit and generously supported by an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.  See how to edit the site in this screencast video:

Learning to read? Try talking to a dog

Meet Bailey. She’s a registered therapy dog, but you won’t find her in hospitals or nursing homes. Instead, Bailey makes weekly visits to libraries and schools. She sits quietly or snuggles up to kids as they read her a book. And no, she’s not napping, and the kids don’t have treats in their pockets. She’s actually helping these children learn to read.

Children Largely Surf the Web Unsupervised.

From an interim report on media use …

more than a third of 12-15 year-olds now have internet access in their bedrooms. Yet, just under half of the parents have implemented internet filtering or parental controls, leaving nearly 60% of youngsters in the 12-15 age group to use the internet unsupervised.

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Your chance to go globetrotting with Flat Stanley

HarperCollins and guided-vacation company Adventures by Disney are launching a Flat Stanley–themed writing contest, in which kids are invited to write their own adventure starring the well-traveled children’s book character, for a chance to win a trip for four. Details and contest rules are available at the contest’s Web site

Reshaping Learning from the Ground Up

Forty years after he and his wife, Heidi, set the world alight with Future ShockAlvin Toffler remains a tough assessor of our nation’s social and technological prospects. Though he’s best known for his work discussing the myriad ramifications of the digital revolution, he also loves to speak about the education system that is shaping the hearts and minds of America’s future. We met with him near his office in Los Angeles, where the celebrated septuagenarian remains a clear and radical thinker.

The Infinite Thinking Macdine – for teachers and students in the21st century

The Infinite Thinking Machine (ITM) is a compilation of ideas to help teachers and students thrive in the 21st century. Educators will love the Stuff section of this Web resource with printable Education Product Guides on Blogs, Google Earth, SketchUp and Picasa. Stuff also includes presentation handouts on various technology topics. Additional sections include video podcasts of Show episodes with detailed notes and additional Web links. A 24-hour active blog covers topics of interest to innovative teachers in the 21st century classroom.