Internet Day

30 years ago the Internet came to Italy. Italy discovered the Net. It has been a long long journey. And it will be a long journey in the future. Here you can find some articles about it.

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But what is your personal opinion on the Internet? What are the pros and cons of it? Are you for or against it? I guess you guys are all for it…

Leave your point of view in THIS PADLET! CLICK HERE! italian-internet-day-miur-421x211

 

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Reading A Book or An Hour of Code?

Do you think philosophy is not your cup of tea or reading books too demanding? So why not coding? Go coding, I did it!

It is not so easy to explain to a bunch of students not to be afraid of computers. I mean. If we talk about computational thinking, they promptly think about super smart IT geek geniuses living somewhere in a real-virtual distant far away place, called Sylicon Valley, that are really fond of Maths.

But what is computational thinking? I won’t give here an academic definition. But it has none to do with computers. Just the reverse! The word Computer comes from the latin computare, to calculate.  So computers are tools used to “calculate”. Someone behind them give them a set of instructions so that they can “computare”.

These persons, called coders, give computers all useful information to reach a task, just step by step, teaching them how to create something, in the easiest and simplest way. Just like these machines were little babies learning how to walk.

In a broad sense, you compute and code every day of your life: preparing your daily breakfast, setting the table, organizing your work, choosing a specific fizzy drink among many, a.s.o. It is a question of priorities and decisions you make. The value you decide to give to things all around you.

So I believe it is important to learn how to compute, to code, to evaluate and to judge things. Someone can do it without any help, they are natural. Someone else needs help. They need an outline, so that they can organize not only their daily lives, but also their inner thoughts.

I am one of those persons. If I am the person I am, it is thanks to some teachers that thought me how to evaluate, how to organize my thoughts, all in all how to code. But when I did it, it was thanks to philosophy and by reading books.

But, if you think philosophy is not your cup of tea or reading books too demanding, why not coding? Go coding, I did it!

Well, I am still reading books. Like, a lot of them. I am a serial reader, I can’t stop!

 

 

 

C♡ding. for the 21st century students and teachers 

 

For all my students and my colleagues. Don’t worry, it is in Italian 😊

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Computational thinking – coding in the classroom 

CONCORSO – Promuovere il pensiero computazionale Codi-Amo è un’iniziativa (MIUR-CIDI) rivolta alle scuole di ogni ordine e grado del territorio nazionale ed estero, per la realizzazione attra…

Source: Codi-Amo

Smartphones Are Too Complicated

You young people fall in love with your smart phones the moment you set eyes on them. Even if I think you tend to ask for divorce very soon, because it is easy for you to find a new, most powerful and colourful one.Smartphone-foto

However, look what I have found here! In this article it is claimed that smartphones are too complicated. What is your point of view?

But there’s reason for hope

Source: Smartphones Are Too Complicated

#SID2016

My dear students,

tomorrow (but every single day of the year) play it safe in the internet, and information technologies in general (including cell phones)! Be careful and avoid using social accounts if you are not sure they are safe. Moreover: make real friends! Friends on social accounts are not friends at all. Keep in touch with people in the flesh and make friends only with a few.

Tomorrow: focus on the internet and its daily use. Go to our Ministry related page  for further information about the world campaign.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated on Tuesday 9 February 2016, with a theme of ‘Play your part for a better internet!’.

In this interesting article, the author claims that “most children and young people use the internet positively. However, sometimes they behave in ways that may place them at risk. Some risks do not necessarily arise from the technology itself but result from offline behaviours that are extended into the online world, and vice versa.

Potential risks can include, but are not limited to:

  • bullying by peers and people they consider  ‘friends’
  • posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline
  • sexual grooming, luring , exploitation and abuse contact with strangers
  • exposure to inappropriate and/or content
  • exposure to racist or hate material
  • encouragement  of violent behaviour
  • glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking
  • physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and risk taking activities
  • leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online”

So,

Play your part for a better Internet!

Mrs D.

 

 

“Play your part for a better Internet!”. È questo lo slogan del Safer Internet Day 2016, la Giornata mondiale per la sicurezza in Rete istituita e promossa dalla Commissione Europea che, giunta alla sua XIII edizione, si celebrerà domani, in contemporanea, in oltre 100 nazioni di tutto il mondo.
Play your part for a better internet! I Super Errori del Web, protagonisti di una campagna social lanciata lo scorso autunno. Si tratta di sette personaggi, Chat Woman, l’Incredibile Url, l’Uomo Taggo, la Ragazza Visibile, Silver Selfie, Tempestata e Il Postatore Nero, che incarnano i comuni errori che i ragazzi (e non solo) fanno quando navigano da soli su Internet o usano le tecnologie.