I like to use technology in class, first of all, because children always find it much more motivating than any other activities. Partly due to the fact that in our public schools even computers are still considered as something in a way “luxurious”, nothing to be said of the internet, Wi-Fi, laptops, tablets, etc.

However, despite all the advantages and being of primary superiority the technology itself does not automatically effect the process of learning.
Schools undoubtedly avoid using technology because they lack the sufficient budget spending it entails. On the opposite, the government spends the considerable amount of money on teacher training; consequently, most of us have received varied intensity education in the field of using technology in the classroom. Fortunately, my personal preparation has been quite sufficient since 2008.
Once, when during the course I created my first blogs, suddenly, I realized the importance of involving the language learners in making digital materials, especially video games. My sixth grade students helped me in making “Who wants to be a millionaire!” – a version of a popular TV show was adapted by children into an educational recourse with inclination of entertainment. Although there were not enough computers for everyone, we simply used a famous online template and the course book tests, and they were the “gamblers” themselves, but now nothing was the same any more. We reminded of Krashen www.sk.com.br/sk-krash.html
- the learning started where the stress was ended. I would like to address teachers who loath to use “primitive” electronic recourses and tools, try not to judge from their virtual update, and start to use whatever you are able to use immediately.
Teaching digital awareness became vital with children spending time using technology in school at younger and younger ages. There are some considerations while addressing online safety at primary school mixed-ability groups. As a goal of my lessons on cyber safety, I set that by the end of the session, children with and without additional and conceptual difficulties, as well as mild and moderate learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties, would be able to identify the potential risks that young children can come across while using the internet and other communication tools. It was essential that despite their young age, they would learn and understand the different ways they and their parents could make sure they were safe when online or using mobile phones (it was very important to make a parallel), as well as learning some rules which were designed to help keep children safe online in order to avoid the risks and enjoy social media. They would look at the nature and effects of cyber bullying, and consider the role of technology in our life. In order to cover as effectively as possible all the diverse learning needs of my pupils, I should create a
demonstration blog -http://nanaltech.blogspot.com/ and have included using laptops.
Following the procedure teacher tells the children that using the internet and other communication tools(like mobile phones), has some potential risks and dangers which have been studied by clinical psychologists, specialising in child and adolescent mental health; as well as how the internet and video games affect young people, for example, extreme violence or bulling over the internet: bullying that takes place using electronic technology (cyber bulling). In an exchange students recall the examples of cyber bullying, including mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
After that, students watch the video about cyber safety rules. They will need to use the authentic video material about cyber safety for the following discussion at the next stage. The role of technology in the classroom becomes crucial when it comes to improvement of learner’s ability of working with authentic materials.Finally, each group presents the conclusions they have been reached during the discussions. Teacher demonstrates the blog with the rules which were designed to keep children safe online.

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