e-Learning for Educators
|Cyber Safety for Educators**|
Cyber Safety for Educators provides informational articles, resources and activities to inform participants about risks and responsibilities inherent in using Internet resources. Participants are presented with insights into possible dangers student users face as well as guidelines to help safeguard them as they utilize the vast resources of the Web. The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants actively investigate cyber safety issues and plan a presentation for sharing cyber safety issues with their students.**
**This course is recognized as a technology course and will meet the technology coursework requirements for recertification.
Cyber Safety for Educators
This course on Cyber Safety provides informational articles, resources and activities to inform participants about risks and responsibilities inherent in using Internet resources. Participants are presented with insights into possible dangers student users face as well as guidelines to help safeguard them as they utilize the vast resources of the Web. The course consists of six sessions plus an Orientation during which participants actively investigate cyber safety issues and plan a presentation for sharing cyber safety issues with their students.
This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course.
This course will enable participants to:
Assessment and Course Requirements
Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete. High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course. Additionally, participants will develop portions of a cyber-safety presentation during each week’s session culminating in a overall presentation with multiple pages for their students. Weekly assignments address sections of this presentation and weekly peer feedback will provide substantial responses to participants' work. Directions and a Project Rubric are provided in Session One.
The project for this course is a presentation for students, parents and/ or administrators/ other educators for the purpose of "educating, engaging and empowering" them in safe practices online. Components of the presentation and a rubric to guide development and assessment of the product are provided in Session One.
Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. There are two discussion topics per week for Sessions One through Six. In Discussion A, participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads. Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality. Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance and the degree to which they extend the discussion. Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session.
In Discussion B, participants will share the weblink to their presentations and will provide feedback to at least one other class participant on their work.
Session One: Cyber Safety: Protecting Our Students
Session Two: Spam, Scams and Other Intrusions
Session Three: Legal and Ethical Use of the Web
Session Four: Online Communities: Social Networking
Session Five: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities
Session Six: Educate, Engage, Empower