2012 State JSC Congress: Teacher Resources

"Going global - opportunities and challenges of our online world."

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  • "Everything is based around the school's mission statement..., it is really the idea of ... preparing the students to become the creators, discoverers and inventors of the future and the global citizenship is really important."
  • Tony Tartaro, Principal, Buckley Park College.

      • "There's evidence our visual IQ is going up. Our onscreen environments are becoming so sophisticated, they're improving our spatial visualisation and orientation skills. To keep track of what's happening, viewers are becoming experts at dividing their attention. But that's key to the problem. A growing body of evidence is suggesting information overload is turning us into scattered thinkers."
      • Catalyst - Information Overload, ABC

Social media

Buckley Park College students took part in a Microsoft Partners in Learning program in which the students developed M.A.D. (Making a Difference) projects using social media such as Facebook, YouTube, and other websites. Each of the M.A.D. projects had their own themes such as "say no to bottled water" and "consumerism". In the projects the students created their own videos and Facebook pages communicating with and campaigning to students and people around the world. The students developed their own strategies and guidelines around usage of these social media tools. Check out the video on the right where teachers and students talk about how the program.

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's (DEECD) guidelines on using social media in the classroom, including case studies on when and when not to use it.

ABC's catalyst did a interesting special edition about our online world called "Born to be Wired". There are three sections: information overload; the rise of narcissism; and avatars.

  • "Real-life conversations,” Baroness Greenfield continued, “are, after all, far more perilous than those in the cyber world. They occur in real time, with no opportunity to think up clever or witty responses, and they require a sensitivity to voice tone, [and] body language…"
  • Baroness Greenfield in Does Technology Stunt Children’s Social Development?

Sherry Turkle, MIT professor of technology and society, did an interesting TED talk about losing the art of conversation and being alone in our online world. In 1996, Wired magazine wrote an article about her and her studies and it is interesting to see the shift from excitement and the possibilities of the future to the challenges of life integrated with technology.

Joe Kraus, a investor of start up companies (partner at Google Ventures), wrote a thought provoking (and non-academic) piece about the culture of distraction.

An interesting piece: Charlotte’s Webpage, why children shouldn't have the world at their fingertips, discusses the pitfalls of relying on technology too much. By the same author, another article on the pros and cons of education and technology: High Tech Society Requires a High Touch Childhood.

How we access the internet: Internet Activity in Australia by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).


DEECD has excellent resources on cyberbullying s click through for more details.

CyberSmart - an Australian Government initiative for schools, parents and students (in particular upper primary).

In North Carolina, USA, soon it will be illegal for students to bully teachers, featured in an article from the newsobserver.com.

Opening statements

Each of the 10 delegates has been allocated one-two minutes to make an opening statement. The Speaker will use the clocks at Parliament House to manage the timing, and will invite one question or point of clarification from other delegates after each statement has been presented.
As a guide the statement should:
  • clearly state the issue and position/opinion;
  • provide points to support the position;
  • provide any arguments for and against the issue;
  • make recommendations/considerations for the Congress; and
  • sum up and re-state the position or plan for action at the conclusion.