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Curing Your Student E-Mail Headaches Presented by: Tam Rutenber
Topics of Discussion l l l l Our Students Student Email Realities School Liability Issues Standards and Compliancy Teacher/Student Dynamics Benefits of Online Communication Projects/Curriculum Ideas Communication Beyond Email
Understanding our Students l Self Motivated – l Going Through the Motions – l The students that teachers dream about having. They do all the work you assign, and more. (9%) The students that, although in their hearts they feel that what is being taught has little relevance, they are farsighted enough to realize that their future may very well depend on their grades. (68%) Tune Us Out – They are convinced that school is totally devoid of interest and totally irrelevant to their life. School is much less interesting than the myriad devices they carry in their pockets. (23%)
Student Email Realities According to the National Net. Day Survey of over 210, 000 K-12 students in 2004: l l 29% of K-3 students have email accounts 79% of 7 -12 th grade students have email accounts 70% have at least one IM account Of those, over 73% say Email/IM is essential to their day to day lives
Student Email Realities Gaggle’s Vision is that students get an email account in elementary school, and that account will follow them until graduation. A student’s email account is going to be as important to their educational records as their student ID number.
School Liability Issues - Pre. Gaggle l l Inability to identify problems before they occur Lack of monitoring Access to students from outsiders is too easy The three “W’s” – – – Who are they emailing? What is being emailed? Why are they emailing?
School Liability Solutions l Inability to identify problems before they occur – – – l Lack of monitoring – l Blocked Word Lists / Weighted Words Cyber Bully Blocker APS System Teachers can review messages at any time Access to students from outsiders is too easy – – Restrict to Class, School, District, or World Wide Address Blocking
Standards and Compliancy l CIPA (The Children’s Internet Protection Act ) – – l l School must “adopt a policy addressing the safety and security of minors using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct online communication. ” “Must have technology measures in place to protect against visual depictions that are obscene or pornographic. ” State Standards for email in NC, TX, MD, AZ, MO, VA, and many more. ISTE’s NETS – 3 rd Grade
Teacher/Student Dynamics l Breaking down the barriers of communication and the walls that dictate where and when learning takes place l Utilizing email both inside and outside of class
Benefits of Email Communication l Social Aspects – – l l l All issues of race, appearance, dress, and physical limitations melt away. What becomes important is not who you are, but what you have to say. Literacy Skills Safety Issues Going Virtual (Paperless? ) – Eliminate the paper chase and save time and printer cartridges.
Project and Curriculum Ideas l Literacy tool – – – l Adult Mentors – – l l Reading, Writing, Typing Teaches students to convey thoughts in writing Helps link schoolwork to real life Adopt a Grandparent Big Brother/Sister Student Mentors Peer Review Character Impersonations Student Key Pals
Make the Safe Choice The same teacher that allows students to use Gmail or Hot. Mail at school, is planning these fieldtrips…. …and thinks this student is safe by wearing a helmet.
Other Gaggle Features l Asynchronous – – l Blogs – online “diaries” Message Boards – group area for discussions. Synchronous – Chat Rooms – live written discussions
How to get started with Gaggle l l l Contact Tam Rutenber and/or your school’s Gaggle administrator. Discuss with school administrator your school’s guidelines and how you’d like to use Gaggle. Work with school administrator to create student accounts and apprise students/parents of their responsibilities. Practice with students before implementing projects. Go for it!