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Do Your Part – Social Justice in the Classroom and Online

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This week in class, we discussed social justice in regards to educational technology.  Throughout my four years at university, we have talked about social justices issues over and over and over again.  However, never have we talked about social justice as it relates to educational technology.  I think this needs to change.  With the digital age we live in, technology needs to be addressed as it pertains to these pertinent issues.

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So how can we address social justice in our classrooms?

Positive Digital Citizens: we need to teach students to be positive digital citizens.  As teachers we need to encourage and model to students what it looks like to be a positive digital citizen.  Talk about things in class and get them on the track towards beginning their online identity.  We can teach students by showing them examples of negative digital citizenship, such as cyberbullying, and tweets gone wrong, (#hasshelandedyet).

Raise Awareness: make sure that students understand what it means to be unjust to others online.  For example, the recent situation at Dalhousie University.  There are tons of examples that we can share with students in order for them to understand consequences for actions on social media.  We can also use the story of Rehtaeh Parsons to help students understand.

Have Consequences in Place: schools have huge problems with bullying – especially with the rise of social media in our society.  Students who cyberbully, need to face consequences.  One school, got on board with the RCMP and implemented fines and jail time for bullying.  This is one way we can work to combat bullying and our social justice issue.

I think it all comes down to education; we need to educate our students to positive citizens, especially in the digital world.  We can’t change the attitudes of all internet users out there – but we need to start small and implement the change in our own classrooms.  If everyone educates their students on social justice and how to be positive digital citizens, we can go a long way.

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ELA Resources

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A few technological resources that could assist in the ELA classroom!

Turnitin

Is a writing lab where students can produce multiple drafts of their works and teachers can see this. As well, teachers can use this an evaluation tool for grading assignments.  This eliminates paper.

Livebinder

Is an online binder that allows for the compilation of resources.  Your students can add to this as well as you.  Could save time when looking for websites to research.  You chose who the binder is accessible to.

Grammar Guides

Of course there are all sorts of online grammar guides that can be useful for references for your students or for teaching them a specific skill.  Try a few and pick one or two that work for you – may be different then other people around you

Ex.Owl @ Purdue

Citing Guides

This can be lifesavers for your students.  Again, find a website that you like, and teach your students to use it.  There are many that cite really weird, so let the students know which ones are approved by you.

Ex. Owl @ Purdue

ROVER

Is Recommended Online Video Education Resource that streams videos for teachers and students in the education system.  It is managed and maintained by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.

Collaborize Classroom

Free collaborative education platform for students and teachers.  Allows for student participation, eliminates photocopying, receive detailed reports about student’s participation online.

Edmodo

Is a social learning platform for teachers, students, parents.  It is FB for schools.  Allows for online private discussion but allows the teacher to be completely in control of the discussion.

Google Classrooms

Is a learning management system that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way.  It is a feature of google apps.  You school should subscribe to this in order for use?

Concept Board

Allows for online collaboration.  Ability to communicate in real time.  Manage ideas in a safe place.  Can have teams of any size.  Do not have to be in the same place to make work.

Google Maps

Helps students visualize and understand the world around them.  Allows for exploration, creativity, and collaboration with mapping tools.  It is important for students to be taught geographically as well.

WebQuest

Inquiry oriented lesson format in which the information comes from the web.  Teachers can find webquests or have the ability to make their own.

DropBox

Is an online storage so you can access it from wherever you are.  You can use any mobile device that has internet. You can also chose to share with whomever you like.
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