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Sep 30

Brazil: Learning Inglês on the Web -

There’s a lot going on in Brazil these days.

The country’s hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. So it’s safe to say that millions of people around the world will be focusing on modern Brazil and its citizens over the next few years.

As a result, some Brazilians are getting a little self-conscious about their ability to express themselves. In English.

Sep 29

Italian Bloggers To Protest New Bill -

Today, bloggers across Italy are planning a major protest in Rome. The point of contention between the country’s blogging community and the ruling government is a new bill the opposition has called ‘fascist’.

Nairobi, Kenya Hosts UN’s Internet Governance Forum -

United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is taking place this week in Nairobi, Kenya. The 4-day forum will be looking at issues such as cyber crime and privacy, as well as the governance of the Internet in developing countries.

Sep 28

Should Teachers Friend Their Students? -

world-shaker:

One of my favorite teachers told me once that he dressed the way that he did — jackets, ties, and other business attire — because he wanted us to know that, while he was our teacher, he was not our friend.

And I thought that made sense. It was his job to advocate for us. To challenge us. To help us be the best we could be. And so he wasn’t our friend. He was our teacher. To keep those ideas separate, he used his dress. I think that’s worth remembering as we move more and more of our work as teachers into online spaces.

Very interesting write-up over here on this issue. If you reblog, weigh in on your thoughts. I’d be curious to see if you think teachers should friend their students.

Such a touchy topic. Should teachers “friend” students? If so, what are the fine lines that should not be crossed? 

(via world-shaker-deactivated2013092)

Pakistan Blocks Facebook Over “Blasphemous” Group -

Last year, Pakistan blocked Facebook over a group called “Draw Muhammad Day” which held a competition on the social networking site that had people submitting drawings of Prophet Muhammad. Visual depictions of Prophet Muhammad are against Islamic law and Pakistan subsequently banned Facebook for a short period of time because they felt the actions were blasphemous. The “2nd Annual Draw Muhammad Day” was created back in May (which has since been removed from Facebook) and Pakistan has once again blocked users from accessing the social network.

Sep 27

Film Brings Realities of Cyberbullying to Forefront of Sydney’s Catholic Schools -

 

A short film, Cyber Sin, is being made available to the Sydney Catholic School Board in Australia to help curb cyberbullying by showing how the torment can affect an entire family.

Cyber Sin is the story of how one picture spread throughout a school and how one teenager was subsequently bullied because of it. The 8-minute film reveals a tragic ending and viewers get a peek and how quickly bullying can cause a downward spiral.

npr:nationalpostsports:


Gratuitous soccer elephant of the day: Meet the “oracle” who predicted the results of the women’s World Cup this summer. Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

This must be the day for re-blogging fun animal photos! —Wright

Adorable!!!!

npr:nationalpostsports:

Gratuitous soccer elephant of the day: Meet the “oracle” who predicted the results of the women’s World Cup this summer. Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

This must be the day for re-blogging fun animal photos! —Wright

Adorable!!!!

(via jacquesofalltrades)

Sep 26

kbkonnected:

Word DYNAMO Turbo charge your vocabulary, reading and writing skills while playing word games, free!
#elemchat #spedchat #vocabulary #wordgames
via Toby Price at Jedi-iPad Master  @teachersharetp 

I just tried it and I love it!! I great way to test our students’ vocabulary! 

kbkonnected:

Word DYNAMO Turbo charge your vocabulary, reading and writing skills while playing word games, free!

#elemchat #spedchat #vocabulary #wordgames

via Toby Price at Jedi-iPad Master  @teachersharetp 

I just tried it and I love it!! I great way to test our students’ vocabulary! 

UK Students Most Distracted by Social Networks -

A worldwide study was conducted by networking equipment maker, Cisco, and found that nine out of ten students in the UK cited that their biggest distractions are Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. In fact, the students said they visit these websites at least once an hour, the highest rate in the world.

A Third of ‘under-tens’ own mobiles in UK -

Who could have predicted just a few years ago, that children all over the world would be asking for–and owning–portable phones? Futuristic phones, seemingly inspired by Star Trek, whose main appeal would NOT be the calling function? Phones for a time when calling people was, in fact, going out of style?