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Think U Know Cyber Cafe

What it is: Think U Know Cyber Cafe is a virtual environment where students can practice their online safety smarts.  In the cafe, students will help virtual kids make good choices when using email, texting, instant messaging, web browsing, creating an online personal space, and chatting in a chat room.  Students are guided through a variety of scenarios where they must help the virtual kids make the right decisions about using the Internet.   How to integrate Think U Know Cyber Cafe into the classroom: Kids spend an enormous amount of their time online. Just because they use the Internet a lot, doesn’t mean that they are good users of the Internet.  Many students haven’t had adequate practice with protecting their online identity, keeping track of their digital footprints, or using proper netiquette.  Students need to learn the appropriate way to use online spaces.  The Think U Know Cyber Cafe is a great place for students to practice and learn how to stay safe online.  Use the Cyber Cafe scenarios to guide a whole class discussion with a projector or interactive whiteboard.  Discuss the different options that are presented and why one answer is better than the others.  Students can also complete a tour of the Cyber Cafe on their own in a computer lab setting.   Internet safety should be an ongoing discussion, we can’t assume that students will get it all the first time.  Visit the cafe throughout the year for a refresher. Tips: Check out the rest of the Think U Know website for fantastic activities and information for kids from 5-16. Please leave a comment and share how you are using Think U Know Cyber Cafe in your classroom.

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Virtual Author Series

Posted by admin | Posted in Interactive book, Language Arts, Middle/High School, Primary Elementary, Secondary Elementary, Teacher Resources, Virtual Field Trips, Web2.0, Websites | Posted on 13-03-2008

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What it is: Simon and Schuster Publishing is offering a new unique experience to schools, a virtual author series. The electronic author visit brings bestselling and award-winning authors and makes them easily accessible to students and teachers. S&S creates a website specifically for each author visit that provides teachers with background information that will help prepare students for the author visit and provides interactive material that relates to the subject discussed in the author’s book. The program also includes a series of classroom activities and curriculum binders. The live web broadcast is the culmination of the virtual author experience. The 45 minute segment will include a presentation from the author, a reading from the book, and a question and answer session in which the author answers questions from the students.

How to integrate Virtual Author Series into the classroom: Bring popular author Andrew Clements (Frindle) into your classroom by signing up at the My Visit website http://www.bsu.edu/myvisit/ You need to sign up your class ASAP if you would like to participate in the first in the Virtual Author Series which takes place on March 18th. This is an outstanding opportunity for classrooms, libraries, and schools. Bring reading to life for your students with a virtual author visit. If you, like me, are on spring break during the first author in the Virtual Author Series be sure to check back for future Virtual Author events.

Tips: Check back for future Virtual Authors. The next Virtual Author will be D.J. MacHale (PENDRAGON) on April 29, 2008. This is an awesome way to bridge literacy and technology!

Please leave a comment and tell us how the Virtual Author Series went in your class. Specifically, I want to hear all about it since I won’t be able to participate!

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