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Giga-Smart in a Wired World

Classroom Activities and Strategies

professional development for educatorsAs our world goes more and more high tech, your students need to be ready. There are a lot of fantastic strategies in this issue, and all of them help prepare youngsters to live in a wired, wired world. Students who face barriers, challenges, family problems, crisis, or other concerns, are especially vulnerable to online danger. Hello from Youth Change Director Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. The picture on the right shows me teaching one of our many online professional development courses— just one more part of the real world that has gone cyber. This issue of our online magazine– yet another cyber entity– is packed with strategies and activities to help keep your students safe in an increasingly wired world.

 

student activity worksheetSilly Boys, Tech is For Girls

It is easier to stay safe in cyberspace when you have learned at least the basics. Girls sometimes can feel that tech is for boys. The relatively low rates of girls getting involved in STEM classes is a clear indicator of a trend that sadly continues into the workplace where women are often woefully underrepresented. Use humor to combat the stereotypes that girls can have about tech. This activity focuses on a very funny worksheet for girls and young women. It humorously overturns many stereotypes about girls and tech. You can download the activity worksheet on our website and print it for use in a discussion with female students. The worksheet can also be printed as an 11" x 17" poster, free to you for being a subscriber of this internet magazine.

 

How to Tell a Good Guy From a Bad Guy

This activity is a clever way to help students discover that in cyberspace, it is impossible to tell a good guy from a bad one if the two people don't know each other in the real world. Create about a dozen brief conversations that appear ripped from a typical social media site that you can call "FaceSpace." These online conversations could look like this:

Stranger: So do you want to meet up later?

Student: Sure

Stranger: Do you want to come over?

Print each conversation on one side of the page. On the other side, in big letters, put either "Good Guy" or "Bad Guy." Be sure that some conversations, like the one above, are relatively clearly reflecting a Bad Guy. Have other conversations that are more neutral, and some that appear safe but all/most should ultimately show Bad Guys in a way that conveys that "strangers online mean danger online," a phrase you can ultimately write on the board and discuss with students.

 

Dude, What's Your Cyber Q?

This activity helps you discover how cyber-smart your students really are. Test students' Cyber Q– "Q" is a shortened version of "IQ"– by asking them to define high tech terms like these: captcha, phishing, ISM, MB, pixel, SSL. They will need to know these terms to survive on our high tech planet. (Answers: captcha is a challenge that shows you are human not a robot; phishing means a scammer is "fishing" for your passwords and confidential information; ISM is the high paying job of Information Systems Manager, and he or she oversees computer networks; MB is a unit of measurement that describes the size of a file or data; pixel refers to the quality things like a photograph or monitor; SSL is short for Secure Socket Layer, and indicates whether a web page has been made secure for credit card transactions and other private activity.)

 

We All Work in a Wired, Wired World

Tech-averse students may not fully understand how difficult adult life will be without cyber skills. This activity can convince them to acquire more critical, basic tech skills. Inform students that nearly all jobs have a high tech component, from clocking in on an electronic time card system, to operating a PDA, to using a barcode scanner, so they can discover that  more and more work increasingly includes technology. Put two columns on the board, then ask students to list jobs not normally associated with high tech. Put their responses in the first column. Next, ask students to name how each low tech job might still require high tech skills. Put their answers in the second column. For example, waitresses may need to use smart phones and tablets to key in orders, scan credit cards, and tabulate bills. Another example: Baggage handlers at airports have to scan luggage tags and navigate through complex computerized security systems. Assist the class to realize that almost all jobs require tech skills because we are increasingly living in a high tech world.

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Cyberbullying: Your Anti-Social Network

Write the word "cyberbullying" on the board, and ask students to discuss what the term means. Assist students to identify strategies to cope with, reduce, or eliminate the cyberbullying they may experience. For example, students can block bullying "friends" on Facebook. Give this guideline to help students recognize cyber bullying: "When it's no longer social networking but has become anti-social networking, that's cyberbullying, and means it's time to find a new network."

 

Grades by Facebook

This intervention activity helps students realize that problematic postings can come back to haunt them forever. Begin by asking students what kind of content is posted on Facebook and other social networking sites. Allow them to note that students sometimes post about partying, substance abuse, personal problems, and so on. Next, ask the group who views the content. Assist students to realize that content may be viewed by colleges and universities, and that some colleges, universities– and even employers– are requiring candidates to give them access to all their social networking pages prior to being accepted or hired. Help students to realize that problematic posts can negate the value of good grades when it comes time to be accepted at college, or hired for a job. Ultimately, you can help students see that hard work in school can be instantly destroyed by problem social media posts. You can call this phenomena "Grades by Facebook."

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The #1 Behavior Improvement and Classroom Management Intervention That Students Can’t Resist

 

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The #1 Behavior Improvement and
Classroom Management Intervention
That Students Can't Resist

 
 

 

K-12 Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells Can you name the #1 style of behavior improvement intervention that your students can't resist?

Here's a hint: It's an intervention that everyone has, but many of us forget to use. It's a method that is practically guaranteed to capture your students' interest and attention, and to make them more likely to receive and remember your message. What is it?

It's the same thing that just motivated you to keep reading this  article: Curiosity.

It's such a powerful technique, yet so seldom used. Reaching troubled and problem youngsters is tough. We need to be sure that we are utilizing all the best techniques, so here are a few new strategies that use curiosity to hammer home your message.

These behavior improvement and classroom management strategies are taken from my books and workshops. I'm Classroom Management Instructor and Keynote Speaker Ruth Herman Wells, M.S., Director of Youth Change Professional Development Workshops.
 

Behavior Improvement Interventions
That Use Curiosity

 

Behavior improvement interventionStreet Closed, Details at 11
Don't you hate those teases that the local news channels do? They tell you that a major street is closed by saying "Main thoroughfare shut. Will you be able to get to work tomorrow? Find out at 11." You are dying to know if the closure will affect you, aren't you?

Curiosity truly can compel your attention. Adapt those news previews to your site. For example, you could make an announcement or post a sign that says: "Get an 'A' on the next quiz. Find out how 3rd Period." or "What silly joke will Mr. Gomez tell during Math? Be there to find out." These easy-to-do interventions will not only generate a buzz, but a side benefit is the way they can create a welcoming, fun or warm atmosphere for your students.

Counselors, it's easy to adapt this device for group counseling sessions. To develop team spirit and to help group members become more open, you could make an announcement like this: "Within the first 5 minutes of Group, Ms. Leeds (the counselor) will reveal one of her most embarrassing moments in high school. Be on time to find out."

A Voice From the Future
Normally in life, there aren't very many opportunities to actually to learn from the future, so this intervention is a curiosity in that regard, but also in other ways. This intervention can be implemented in a high tech manner, or a lower tech way. Ask students to write letters to themselves from the future. So, for example, ask freshman to write letters to themselves as though they were graduating seniors. The low tech implementation requires that you save the letters and mail or deliver them in several years.

The high tech method is easier. There are services that will deliver the letter at whatever time you select. When students are writing their letters, steer them to craft thoughtful, emotional, or inspirational creations.

There's No Substitute for This
This has been an incredibly popular method. This student behavior improvement strategy can instantly improve the conduct that your students use when they have a substitute teacher in their classroom– and their curiosity is the reason why this technique almost never fails.

The day before you anticipate having a sub in your classroom, get enough envelopes so that you have one for each student. You will also need a roll of duct tape. When your students arrive the next day, there should be an envelope taped to each youngster's desk. Have the sub inform the class that inside each envelope is some type of goodie. All the students who have good behavior will be allowed to open their envelopes when the teacher returns, and will get the goodie. All the students who have problem behavior will not get the goodie, and will not be allowed to even look inside the envelope. It is your choice what to select for goodies.

You can offer extrinsic rewards like "Get Out of Class Early" passes, or intrinsic rewards like going for a walk together, or you can offer a mixture of both types. You should customize each goodie to fit each student. Substitute teachers absolutely adore this approach, and report that it completely transforms the behavior they get in the classroom.
 

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student behavior improvementThe Phrase of the Day
This is an intervention that is so much fun and you can use it every day. This strategy has several benefits. First, it creates a wonderful, friendly atmosphere. Second, it can lessen the tension that some youngsters can feel during the time they spend in a difficult class. Third, students will begin paying careful attention to the verbiage that occurs because they are curious about what is going to happen, and when.

Here's the intervention: Each day, ask one student to select the "Phrase of the Day" from the verbiage heard in class. Give that student a loud bell or air horn to signal the class at the moment someone has spoken the new "Phrase of the Day." The selection is completely up to the student, but the entire class will be expectantly waiting for the alert that the phrase was selected. At the end of class, students can compete to see who still remembers the exact "Phrase of the Day."

You can consider offering a prize to the winner, or even better, let the winner be the person who gets to choose the next day's "Phrase of the Day."
 

What Might Be
Ask students to detail the activities that they don't want to do at your site. Have students list those activities in a column on one side of a page. Next, ask your students to determine what they would be in life if they could be anything they wanted. Have students list those responses in a second column. Next, write this sentence on the board, and read it to your students: "My job is to get you to do what you don't want to do so you can become what you do want to become."

Discuss the sentence in conjunction with the students' two columns, assisting students to realize that your job is to help them reach their goals, and their job is to remember that, and act accordingly.

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