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The online world can be a fantastic and informative place; however it can also be a setting for bullying. Bullying does not just happen on the playground at school etc. It also occurs very frequently on the Internet. It is imperative that you talk with your students about this issue, regardless of their age.

Understanding how to recognize cyberbullying, avoid it, and put a stop to it is critical to stopping this horrible trend. It can occur on websites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, via email, text, or instant messaging. Make it clear to students that unwanted contact, harassment, or slander is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Express to the class that if they have a concern or feel that they are being bullied or harassed, they should approach you or another teacher or administrator as soon as possible.

Instruct Students on the Use of Intellectual Property

When students are using the Internet for research, they need to understand that if they use another individual’s words or thoughts, they must give credit to that person in their essay or report. If they don’t, it’s considered plagiarizing and a severe offense. It is so easy just to copy and paste what’s on the Internet. Let your class know that it is okay to do that, but they must include footnotes, endnotes, and a bibliography attributing these ideas to their rightful owner.

The same goes for other forms of intellectual property. Songs, videos, designs are copyrighted for a reason. If a student wishes to use someone else’s song or video in their presentation, they are not allowed to call it their own, and should not even be downloading it without prior permission.

Always remember that technology is the way of the future, and you and your colleagues need to embrace this idea. Integrating technology into the classroom can be a challenge and an excellent way to increase your skills.

Make a strong connection with students by reaching out to all styles and levels of learners. To produce an interactive and engaging classroom, integrating technology is a must. However, keep in mind that technology is not solely for the students; it can be an excellent tool for you as the educator. It can make your life much simpler, help you discover new ideas, and aid you in communicating with others on a more active level.

Your technology knowledge and ability to implement in the classroom should be incorporated into your teacher resume, cover letter etc. If you are a job seeker, it could make the difference between securing an interview or not securing one.•


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