By Laurie Azzi Laurie Azzi is a Grade 6 teacher and Special Education specialist from Ottawa. After noticing her class actively tweeting, we decided to talk to her and find out more about the value of this tool in the classroom. You can follow her @Laurie_Azzi and her students can be found @MrsAzzi. What brought you to Twitter and your…

Submitted by Andrea Tomkins It’s pretty amazing how tech-savvy kids are nowadays. I like to think I’m a pretty smart mamma but in certain areas my kids have me beat. The TV remote is one of the devices they understand better than I do and don’t even ask me to explain Minecraft. (Perhaps that is…

By Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts We generally think of our kids’ online and offline lives as being two separate things. In reality, they constantly overlap, flowing back and forth face-to-face in the schoolyard and through texts and social networks at home.  But on the Internet there are lots of moral and ethical choices…

by Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts As the Internet has become more and more central to our lives, our online and offline identities have become less and less separate. Where the Internet was once a place where nobody knew we were dogs and we lived Second Lives as customizable avatars, today we mostly surf…

by Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts Who would have guessed in 1994 – when the Discman was the height of media technology, and even DVD players were still two years away – that today many of us would have devices that can access an effectively endless variety of music or video, can be used…

This engaging activity allows young students to explore online identity and build empathy through the use of real-life masks and conversations with classmates.  Socializing in Virtual Worlds (Grades 2-4) Have students create masks of characters or avatars they might use in virtual worlds like Club Penguin or Moshi-Monsters. Once students have created their masks, have them…

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