Cyber bullying- Jen’s project

I found the second video really interesting and inspiring. I don’t have much experience with online bullying but in dealing with face-to-face bullying, it is not always as straight forward as it seems. Perpetrators can be slippery, victims don’t always seek help and when they do, are not always believed or are told that it is not a big deal, especially if it is psychological rather than physical bullying.

Learning defensive techniques seems to me the way to go. Its not equivalent to blaming the victim (is that why the video was considered controversial?). Its just common sense. I learned defensive techniques growing up as a woman. We teach our children common sense defensive techniques about all kinds of things. In my programs teaching about the natural world, we always teach the hazards first so that everyone will stay safe. Hazards can be different in different environments and under different conditions.

I think that the presenter in that second video was on the right track. There must be patterns, ways to detect, avoid, respond. Types that perpetrators look for. Cyber bullying is an old phenomena in a new package. We need new tools to deal with it.

EDDL 5141 week 6 – online facilitation models

Week 6- On-line facilitation models

The article that spoke to me the most out of all of the readings was Teaching Crowds by Dron Anderson. The model I will be working with through my online programs will be a combination of face-to-face learning and home study learning. The online component therefore will not be used as a replacement for face-to-face learning but instead as an enhancement tool for social networking as well as a home study program. The main objective of my online approach is to connect kids with similar interests from different regions throughout BC.

Here are a few direct quotes that I enjoyed around the concepts of ‘building community’, ‘student engagement’ and ‘active learning’:

“Community is the vehicle through which online courses are most effectively delivered regardless of content” (Palloff & Pratt, 2005, p.1 from Anderson, p.16)

“[An] educator’s responsibility is to make it possible for students to engage in experiences they would never otherwise have had” (Kearsley and Schneiderman, 2002, p.38 from Anderson, p.17).

“Knowledge is built from active engagement with conflicting and confounding ideas that challenge older, pre-existing knowledge” (Piaget, 1952, from Anderson, p.22).

The concept of a home-study program fits well with Marsick and Watkins’ concept of formal vs informal learning (2001, p. 28). The idea of integrating learning with daily routines is something that I have been attempting with my face-to-face teaching with mixed success. The idea that an online component to my programs would actually facilitate this kind of activity is quite exciting to me.

We have what we call ‘core routines’ that are an integral part of these programs that include daily practices. Marsick and Watkins first principal speaks directly to this. They describe ‘informal’ learning as being integrated with daily routines- “in contrast to formal education, which takes place at times and places defined by the educational institution”. It is also “triggered by an internal or external jolt- not by the teacher,..not highly conscious,… haphazard and influenced by chance…” and ultimately as “an inductive process of reflection and action” (Anderson, p.19). This is exactly the type of atmosphere I am aiming for; within an atmosphere of collaborative and supportive learning.

In terms of my role as facilitator, Ed Hootstein’s image of the ‘four pairs of shoes’ I think is a very clear and useful framework to work with. It helps me to see ‘what I know’ and what ‘I need to know’ to be an on-line teacher. I have used his concepts below for my KWL Chart.

kwl chart



EDDL 5131 week 6 Audio Activity 5.2, 5.3

I recorded the sound on this promotional video directed by my teaching partner, David Krieger. I used a boom mike to record the music and a lapel microphone for the interviews. There was quite a lot of insect hiss and also some microphone crackle on the last interview used. I edited the video in Vegas Pro and got rid of some of the hiss. Here is the first version


I uploaded audacity but ended up using soundforge as it could process video file I was using. I reworked the sound in Soundforge pro and got rid of some more insect hiss and some (but not all) of the crackle.