Cyberbullying

More young people than ever are connecting with each other online through instant messaging, texting, blogs, and social media. We live in a digital world where students collect information, collaborate, share and communicate using emerging technology. Educators are striving to prepare students to be 21st-Century learners. However, young people are using this powerful technology to mistreat others. The intentional and repeated harm inflicted through the use of digital technology is called cyberbullying. It is a prevelant problem in schools and affects the lives of many students and families. To learn more about this important topic vist my voicethread entitled Cyberbullying.

Web 2.0 Tools

I’m excited to share an exciting digital storytelling tool called Biteslide with you. This program allows students to research, create, and publish engaging school projects online. Students can easily and safely add text, photos, and videos to their presentations. Biteslide has a feature that allows students to add editors to their slidebook so groups of students can work collaboratively on projects.

Teachers can access Biteslide by registering for one of two memberships. The teacher basic plan costs $99.oo and allows two teachers and 100 students access to the program. The teacher pro membership costs $299.00 and allows 5 teachers and 500 students access to the program. You can register for a free 30 day trial to explore the program before making a purchase. The features and functions of the program make it well worth the money. Simple tools allow teachers to create classes, assign projects, and review student slidebooks. There is no limit to the number of projects or slidebooks that can be created. This program also makes it easy to embed finished slidebooks into websites, blogs, or social networks.

The exciting aspect about Slidebook is that it can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used to create writing projects, science projects, math projects and more. Each year, my students research an animal and write an informational story. This is a project that takes some time. I take my students through the entire writing process until it is time to publish their work. In the past I would have students publish their work in a Google document or Google slides. Now, I plan to use Biteslide. I have created a model slidebook for students to view before publishing their own slidebooks. You can take a look at it here at https://www.biteslide.com/embed/t/m/o/t/ts/az9teGMnwYA

I’m going to enjoy using this great learning tool with my students. Once you see how easy it is to use, you’ll wannt to try Biteslides in your classroom too.