If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
How many years have you been teaching?:
I have an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as and Ed.M. in the same area, and an M.A. in Computers in Education. I graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. I have been teaching for 30 years, first at an international american school in São Paulo, then in a prestigious private brazilian school. I have developed several projects for teaching science, such as Biotechnology, Forensics, Science Fairs and a STEAM curriculum. I'm a speaker and presenter at several national and international conferences.
Thanks Jennifer. I did not know about this resource. It's something that would be really helpful to use with the kids. I will see if I organize the data we collected to share in the near future. We based our best practices tips on areas that we saw that the kids' behavior put them more at risk. That helped make it more significant for them.
Thanks Alysha. One of the insights that first called our attention was why students were sharing their passwords with each other. First, their idea of privacy is very different from our generation. They think privacy is what they don't show their parents, even if everyone else can see it. But the second reason was even more surprising. Kids were using their passwords as a token of proof of confidence and friendship. It was how they showed their best friends and/or boy/girl friends that they trusted them. The problem happened when the relationship ended and the password got out. We had to work a lot on discussing with them the concept of what is private and what is public, the importance of protecting your password and thinking of alternative ways of showing you trust someone. It was an interesting behavior that at the time we had not anticipated.