Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Whatsapp with this?

In our #ict4red projects and implementations Whatsapp has been of immense value and I would even go as far as to say that it has been a game changer. Most of our teachers are already on Whatsapp and if they are not, it  rel is relatively easy to get them on-board. It was therefore a no-brainer that it is an ideal communication platform to use!

Facilitators use it to keep everybody in the loop on what is up as far as course work is concerned, deal with questions and keep everybody motivated to complete badges. Participants use it ask questions and share experiences. From a research point of view, Whatsapp provided a way to gather honest data about participants experiences within the course. See paper: Using Social Media as a Managerial Platform for an Educational Development Project: Cofimvaba (http://www.ijiet.org/papers/636-I005.pdf)

But, what if things go wrong??

This is the picture that are often presented as a motivation for not using public chat platforms for teaching and learning. My view has always been that the good must outweigh the bad from a learning point of view and I have therefore decided to use a personal experience to learn from. So this blog post will grow from the comments that will be posted below....

Some context first. This was a private conversation between me and a another person who I presumed to be one of my teachers.  As I take mentoring very seriously I got "sucked into" the private discussion, which did not end well. It actually ended with me blocking the person. I felt bullied and horrified at how easily I got distracted and decided to use it as part of our online safety exhibit in our Gallery Walk Strategy. So what can we learn from this?

Before you read the conversation, I would like to you to consider the following questions as you read it. I apologise for some of the language, but have decided that in order to understand the context of cyber bullying (I felt bullied), we need to be faced with what really happens out there and worse. How can we mitigate issues as they happen and not only support our learners, but keep ourselves safe while maintaining a positive professional digital identity.
  • Should I have engaged with this person in the first place?
  • What should I have done and should I not have done? 
  • What do you do if someone uses a learning group context (In this case Whatsapp),  to engage with you privately?
  • Should you share media (photos and videos) with someone you do not (really) know? 
  • Do we need rules? What rules should govern group chats and private chats? 
  • What is cyber bullying? Can you identify some elements. 

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Celebrating another #ict4red success story in Carnarvon

Last night we, yet again, came to the finale of another #ict4red training intervention in the heart of the Karoo in Carnarvon. The teachers of Carnarvon Hoërskool really did excel themselves with high quality tablet integrated lessons which were produced to earn their tablets and show what they have learned about using mobile devices in the classroom. But it was so much more than that!!

As always we had a lot of fun during this implementation. This was also the very first time that the course was conducted in Afrikaans. This in itself was a challenge as quite a few of the mobile terminology terms just do not quite exist in Afrikaans and we had a lot of fun with "innovative" translations. The teachers in the process took ownership of the course and we had a 98% pass rate with 75% of the teachers completing the challenge badges as well! Really worth a joyous celebration!

This happy occasion was supported by the Department of Education, representatives from the Department of Science and Technology, representatives from the SKA (Square Kilometer Array) project, and the training team from the Maraka Institute (CSIR), who were responsible for project management, workshop facilitation and assessment.  Delegates from the primary school attended as well and expressed the hope that they will also have the opportunity to partake in this fun teacher professional development initiative.

Five of the teachers were chosen to present the strategies that they enjoyed most while implementing the course material in their classrooms. They all agreed that it was a lot of fun and did not feel like training at all. They shared that the tablets were very motivating to the learners and contributed to better discipline in the classrooms. Some of them admitted that they were terrified in the beginning as they suffered from "techno-phobia", but are now convinced of the value of using technology in their classrooms. They are now comfortable with their tablets and made use of the occasion to campaign for more tablets and mobi-kits for their learners.

The evening was concluded with a delicious dinner and discussions on how to take this further. The enthusiasm was noted by all the speakers and we know that the Carnarvon staff will be shining their techno light in the heart of the Karoo!!


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Alexandra Teachers Field Trip Fun

In Module 8 (a field trip), the teachers of Alexandra High School were privileged  to explore the Sci Bono Centre in Newton, Johannesburg. During this strategy,they had to work together to unravel a range of clues that took them on a scavenger hunt, interacting with all the exciting exhibits on display, covering a range of scientific subjects. Some of the clues were embedded in a QR code thus exposing the teachers to the use of QR codes in the classroom.
As internet access is always a problem,the clues were text based which made it possible to scan without needing connectivity.They could however access the internet for assistance with their own data. Some of the clues were just for fun in order to create team spirit, while the others involved keen observation and collaborative teamwork. 

Apart from getting some serious exercise frantically collecting evidence and answering the activity clues, the animated discussion during the assessment proved to be most entertaining!! The room  was abuzz with the sound of learning!!

To see all the fun that was had, click here or on the photo below: https://goo.gl/photos/r4V8eGsbLoGgyax9A


For a detailed explanation of how to organise and create a field trip scavenger hunt Click here:

Friday, 12 February 2016

Module 9: Gallery Loop

Gallery loop is 'n strategie waar die onderwyser uistallings opstel wat sekere onderwerpe behandel. Die uitstalling kan fotos, QR kodes, artikels en  videos  behels.

Gaan neem deel aan die bespreking hier:

  1. Aanlyn Identitieite: http://goo.gl/spe3jc
  2.  Uitvissing: http://goo.gl/26ttMu

  3.   Leer netwerke: http://goo.gl/Lou9jq

  4. Aanlyn Veiligheid http://goo.gl/jkiyJO









Module 9: Galleryloop: Uitstalling 4- Aanlyn Veiligheid

Instruksies:

Jy het pas ‘n selfoon van een van jou leerders af weggeneem wat besig was om met iemand ‘n gesprek te voer.

Lees die gesprek by die uitstalling en gebruik jou plakpapiertjies om neer te skryf wat jy as onderwyser in so ‘n situasie sou doen.



  1. Is dit ‘n voldoende rede hoekom selfone nie in die klas gebruik mag word nie?
  2. Hoe kan ons ons leerders beveilig teen aanlyn-boelies?
  3. Elke groepslid moet op ten minste een van ‘n ander groep se opmerkings reageer.
  4. Watter anderonveilige situasies kan ons aanlyn teenkom en wat kan ons daaromtent doen? 

Module 9: Galleryloop- Uitstalling 3- Uitstalling 3: Persoonlike leernetwerke

Professionele leergemeenskappe word gevorm wanneer groepe onderwysers saamkom, aanlyn of andersins, om idees, onderrigstrategië, bronne en inspirasie te deel. In hierdie kursus het jy alreeds baie geleer oor die verskillende maniere waarmee jy iets kan deel met kollegas of onderwysers van ander skole met behulp van aanlyn sosiale media soos Twitter en facebook. Ons hoop dat jy verder sal voortbou hierop deur jou tablet te gebruik om jou te help!

Kyk in jou Module 9 Hulpbronne Uitstallings 3 leêr vir meer inligting hoe om sulke groepe te begin.

‘n Paar leidende vrae:

 Kan ek altyd kry waarvoor ek soek?
 Kan jy vir hulp vra?
 Sal jy deel wees van ‘n groep van onderwysers wat mekaar help, hulpbronne deel en omgee?
 Is die navigasie verbruikers vriendelik?

Uitstalling 3A: www.google.com







Uitstalling 3B: www.en.wikipedia.org


Uitstalling 3C: www.mathsliteracy.co.za

Uitstalling 3D: 




Module 9: Galleryloop- Uitstalling 2: Uitvissing (Phising)

Uitvissing (phishing) is die poging om informasie soos gebruikersnaam, geheime kodes en kredietkaartinligting te verkry (en soms indirek  geld ook), deur iemand wat homself voordoen
as betroubaar in ‘n elektroniese kommunikaie.  Hierdie kommunikasies kom voor asof dit van  van betroubare sosiale webwerwe, vendusie werwe, banke, aanlyn betalinghanteerders of IT administrateers af kom en gebruik dit om goedgelowige mense te bedrieg.

Vervalsings e-posse kan skakels na webwerwe met wanware (wanware is sagteware wat ontwerp is om beheer oor jou rekenaar of tablet oor te neem en dit te beskadig) stuur. Hierdie vervalsing word veral uitgestuur as e-posse of sms’e  en moedig die lesers aan om hulle details na ‘n vervalste webwerf te stuur wat lyk en voel soos ‘n betroubare webblad.  ‘n Voorbeeld is ‘n vervalste e-pos wat lyk soos die amptelike e-pos-vorm van ‘n (fiktiewe) bank.

Die persoon wat dit stuur probeer die ontvanger mislei deur vertroulike inligting na ‘n vervalste webwerf te bevestig. Let op vir spelfoute en teenstrydighede. Selfs wanneer die webskakel lyk of dit van die bank se webblad amptelik af kom, wys die skakel na die vervalser se webblad.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

Instruksies:
Bestudeer die volgende voorbeelde van e-pos en smse in hierdie gallery uitstalling en besluit of enige een daarvan oorspronklik (outentiek) is of nie. Bespreek hoekom jy so dink.

Indien iemand  vir jou ‘n e-pos of sms stuur wat jou laat voel of dit dalk gevaarlik is, wat kan jy doen om vas te stel of hulle is wie hulle sê hulle is? Hoe kan jy jouself teen sulke kommunikasies beveilig?

Kyk in jou Module 9 leêr of die internet vir hulpsame raad. Lewer jou kommentaar hier onder in 'n blogpost.