Should schools punish off-campus cyberbullying?


In Ontario schools the jurisdiction of the schools, as far as bullying is concerned, extends goes beyond the walls and temporal boundaries of the school day.  Here is a survey in edutopia on the question of school intervention and responsibility.  Take the survey, post a comment or just have a good read of the range of opinions:


Inspire student questioning skills with this cool website


Q101 is a great website that teachers might want to use to develop student questioning skills.

True learning comes from authentic curiousity. Too often we spend time having our kids answer questions and not enough enticing them to ask their own. Dan Meyer’s 101 Questions helps us alleviate this issue. He offers an array of enticing images that ignite inquiring minds. The simple interface presents a photo, prompts students to ask a question and then allows them to share these with one another. Authentic problems can be presented in this way and students can dig into real life inquiry. Imagine having your class discuss a single photo and then sharing the question in small groups or as a team. After coming up with a question, challenge them to figure out if they can answer or solve it. Ta-da! Authentic inquiry-based learning!

EdWeb Webinar Schedule: TechTools for the Classroom: Easy Ideas to Engage Students

TechTools for the Classroom: Easy Ideas to Engage Students
Community URL:
TechTools is a professional learning community (PLC) where educators can discover new resources, free technology, and great ideas for integrating technology into the classroom to engage and inspire students.The community hosts free monthly webinars and live chats that are highly engaging and interactive.  Online discussions provide an easy way to continue the conversation and share ideas and experiences with other teachers and educators around the country.

Upcoming Webinars
Presented by Shannon Holden, a high school and middle school teacher and administrator who loves technology and helping teachers learn easy ways to use free tools in the classroom.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – 5PM Eastern Time
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – 5PM Eastern Time
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 5PM Eastern Time
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – 5PM Eastern Time
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 5PM Eastern Time
Pre-registration is not required for TechTools community members.
Join the webinar at the scheduled time with this link: 
You’ll be automatically emailed a CE certificate for attending a live session.
Be sure to join the TechTools community:
  • Receive invites and reminders to free webinars
  • Access the recordings for past webinars
  • CE quizzes (to earn your certificate for viewing a past webinar)
  • Additional resources and discussions

Join EdWeb for some great professional learning on a variety of topics.

Video of week: Imagine


Kevin Honeycutt (@kevinhoneycutt an artist and integrated technology specialist from the states) shared this a few weeks ago.  The hopeful message and degree of social awareness of these students is fantastic. The project is an easy one that teachers in any class could do with a smartphone, tablet or camera. Enjoy!


Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers


This article from the March 2013 journal of Computers in Education points to the negative effects on test results for those students in University who multitask with laptops in lectures:

Abstract: Laptops are commonplace in university classrooms. In light of cognitive psychology theory on costs associated with multitasking, we examined the effects of in-class laptop use on student learning in a simulated classroom. We found that participants who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask, and participants who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to those who were not. The results demonstrate that multitasking on a laptop poses a significant distraction to both users and fellow students and can be detrimental to comprehension of lecture content.

Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers Original Research Article
Computers & Education, Volume 62, March 2013, Pages 24-31
Faria Sana, Tina Weston, Nicholas J. Cepeda
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