Monthly Archives: October 2014

Social Networking and Walled Gardens

Here is this week’s blog post delivered via VoiceThread. Another new technology that I learned to use today!!

You can make your own comments directly onto this VoiceThread. A very cool feature!!

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Thanks! – Angie Kruzich


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October 26, 2014 · 8:43 pm

Internet Safety: A Guideline for Teens

Here is an important list that all teenagers should read to stay safe while using the Internet.

Identity Theft

The idea here is that if someone steals your identity, it doesn’t mean they steal the small amount of money that you have. When identity thieves steal your identity, they will use your personal information to set up credit card accounts and start spending huge amounts of cash (WSAG, 2014). Then you get the bill.

Getting and Giving Respect

This includes friends, acquaintances, family and those you don’t even know. Think about what you say before you say it. If you are angry at someone, stop and think before you post or email your angry thoughts. Think about how you would feel if your statements were said to you, your friend, your sibling or your parents. How would it make you feel? There will be consequences for making disrespectful comments. It even gets worse for the person making the comments when that person does not take responsibility for their own words and actions. “It’s rude to expose information about someone – including pictures and videos — without their permission. The only way you’ll know what they want kept private is to ask them; and the only way for them to know what you want private is to tell them” (WSAG, 2014).

Meeting People on the Internet

“Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” on the internet. If someone asks to meet you, tell your parents or guardian right away. Some people may not be who they say they are” (NCAC, 2104). Also read about predators below. There are crazy people in this world and teens should not trust someone they have only met on the internet. Watch the news every evening and you will see why this still needs to be said out loud!

Never Post Your Personal Information

Never share your passwords, account numbers, social security number, home phone number, home address, or your location (NCAC, 2014). Even avoid sharing your middle name electronically. To open an account, identity thieves will need information from several of these checkpoints. Never post any of this information on the internet either!!

Offline Consequences

This video produced by NSTeens, along with a ton of other videos, are a must for all teenagers to watch!!

Here is a link to the multitude of videos to learn from.

Posting Pictures on the Internet

This is common sense but so many people still do it today. Do not post nude photos, party photos or any other type of compromising photos of yourself (NCAC, 2014). In fact a wiser position to take about photos of yourself; do not let anyone take nude photos of you; not even your boyfriend/girlfriend, husband or wife! If someone gets angry, the picture could get posted as retaliation. Ask anyone who has had this happen to them…those pictures are still on the internet today (NetSmart, 2014).

Predators Seek Vulnerable Youths

If you are contacted by someone you do not know, then do not respond! You do not know who this person is or what their true intentions are!! By not responding, the predator will eventually give up if you never respond once. They will just think they have invalid contact information. Unfortunately, predators can also be someone you do know. Be very careful about conversing with adults using technology. If a conversation ever turns into an inappropriate topic, then talk to your parents immediately! Adults should know better unless they have inappropriate intentions (NetSmart, 2014).

The Internet is Permanent!

The Internet is Permanent! The Internet is Permanent! The Internet is Permanent! The Internet is Permanent! The Internet is Permanent! The Internet is Permanent! (WSAG, 2014) How can this be stated any clearer? That picture you posted just now; most likely someone already downloaded it before you removed it. Those bad words you typed will never be forgotten either!!

Think About Your Online Image

Despite what you have been warned about, you did post those questionable pictures, along with some bad language, bad mouthed that former friend and now it is ten years later. What do you think about what you posted online now? Well, that company you just interviewed with found all of it and said no thanks to your future employment. The internet is permanent!! An excellent guideline for all teens (and adults!!!) to follow; if you do not want your own parents and grandparents to see what is on your account, then you should question what you are posting.

Use Privacy Settings

If you do have a social networking account, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat, then be sure you set the privacy settings such that only your friends can see the pictures or read what you wrote (NCAC, 2014). It is for your own protection to prevent bad adults from following you.

Who is Exposing You Online?

Talk to your friends about internet safety too! It is your friends that can accidentally post too much information online about you. Your friends know you well; your age, school, state, city, address. If a friend posts something online like your school, state and your unique name, then it may be enough information for a predator to locate you (WSAG, 2014). Make sure anyone that converses with you on the internet, does not make you vulnerable online.


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2014). Internet safety statistics. Retrieved from

National Children’s Advocacy Center (2014). Internet safety tips for kids and teens. Retrieved from

NS Teens (2014). Helping you make safer choices online. Retrieved from

Washington State Office of the Attorney General (2014). Internet safety for teens. Retrieved from


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Relative Advantage of Using Multimedia in the Classroom

This week we studied the advantages of using video to enhance classroom lesson plans. Below is the vodcast created to discuss these advantages.


Filed under AECT Standard 2.4

Relative Advantage of Using Spreadsheets and Databases in Education

This week in EdTech 541, we read about and designed spreadsheet and database activities. Utilizing spreadsheets and databases does not have to be a boring activity within a classroom. As soon as one states the term spreadsheet, it may seem that would be boring to students. However, the biggest advantage of a well-written activity involving spreadsheets and databases in a classroom is that it makes the lesson student centered rather than teacher centered. It would not be a powerful lesson if a teacher just shows their students an example of a spreadsheet. An excellent activity for high school level students in AP Statistics is to have students begin building and formulating their own spreadsheets!! Advantages of doing so could include:

  • Saving Time

    In higher level math, you can have students learn how to program a spreadsheet to do multi-step math problems. This will save them time in the long-run. In the meantime, you have also taught students a real-world skill they will most likely need for college and future careers. Employees that know how to get started on a spreadsheet will outshine those employees who do not.

  • Excellent Organizational Tool for Data

    It is easier to spot patterns within data if it is well organized, typed data is easier to read than handwritten and spreadsheets can quickly turn the data into multiple types of graphical displays.

  • Allows Students to Ask “What If…” Questions

    This idea also relates to the above two relative advantages; saving time and an excellent organizational tool. More specifically, spreadsheets allow students to quickly change the data from a dot plot to a boxplot to a histogram which in turn allows students to more quickly analyze data. Now teachers can have students reach higher levels of thinking, for example on Bloom’s Taxonomy, without the frustration of repetitive calculations.

  • Increase Motivation in Math Courses

    Many students that do not prefer math courses do so because of frustrations from previous math courses. Perhaps a student was seriously ill or moved when the class learned long division or fractions? Missing one critical concept could frustrate a student for years as solving these types of math questions by hand is expected, even years later in middle school. The reality of the matter is, in high school, college and within one’s job, a person does long division on a calculator. However, there is value behind learning long division by hand: it teaches students the mathematical foundational so they understand what division is, why do we need division, when do they apply division, and most importantly students learn how to follow an algorithm as there will be many more coming their way throughout high school and college. Students should not be discouraged from doing higher level math due to a missed arithmetic skill from early grade levels. By teaching students how to program a spreadsheet to do repetitive arithmetic skills, it can alleviate student anxiety towards math.

  • Teaches a 21st Century Skills

    By having students learn to program spreadsheets or databases, you are also teaching them a life long skill for any future career. To make programming immediately valuable to students, teach them how to write a program to calculate their grades for all their classes. This is similar to an adult receiving their paycheck, as a student paycheck is their grade. Students frequently ask me “What will my grade be if I turn this assignment in?” My response is “This is a math problem. I am your math teacher. You should strive to figure out the mathematical computation as it is simply adding, multiplication, and division turned into percents”. Sometimes my follow up comment is “You are in AP Calculus BC“. This would be the perfect spreadsheet activity for any class.


The Glossary of Education Reform (2014). 21st century skills. Created by The Great Schools Partnership. Retrieved from

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2011). Framework for 21st century learning. Retrieved from

Roblyer, M. D. & Doerling, A. H. (2013). Integrating educational technology into teaching (6th ed.) (p.10-51). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.





Filed under AECT Standard 2.4