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Pause Before You Post (Jostens): The Lounge Express Episode 1: Digital Responsibility 0

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Natasha

The Lounge Express:  Teaching DIGITAL RESPONSIBILITY.  In an instant (online) world, it is our job to create a safe and respectful climate online for our students.  I think the phrase “Pause Before You Post” is fantastic.  Kids will post online, and we should be teaching them how to do it responsibly.  Just because they are behind a screen doesn’t mean they can remove their gatekeeper.


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Today while browsing my pins on Pinterest I came across this quick video from The Band Perry:

“These issues are timely and can greatly impact schools, students, educators and families and their respective online reputation. Recent high-profile cases involving abuse of the Internet have prompted many communities to encourage students to learn more about publishing personal information, particularly when they’re using social media sites. As a supporter of education and traditions, Jostens is pleased to offer an awareness program called Pause Before You Post™ that encourages students to make smart decisions when self-publishing through online social media that aids in preventing bullying online. The program also includes valuable information about cyberbullying and potential consequences of poor decision-making.” (Jostens)

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Icebreaker 1

Posted on October 11, 2011 by Natasha

Let’s start by getting to know each other a little better….

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photo: N.Dunn

My name is Natasha Dunn and I am one of the co-founders of Rookie Teacher[dot]ca.  I am a recent graduate from the Faculty of Education at Brock University.  I am an OCT Certified Teacher for the Junior-Intermediate divisions; with experience in Grade 7 (teaching Language, Math, and Geography) and Grade 6 (teaching the core subjects).  I have a passion for teaching and outdoor education using summer camp foundations, technology, and Tribes in the classroom.  I have over 10 years of summer camp experience working with children and families in Muskoka Ontario.  Find me on Twitter @yoMsDunn or visit my website MsDunnOnline.net.


photo: Travis Allison, Subtlevox Photography

My name is Andrew Blake and I am the other co-founder of Rookie Teacher[dot]ca. I completed my teacher education training at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario.  I’m an Elementary Teacher with qualifications in Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior Divisions as well as FSL. Currently I teach Grade 3 at a mid sized rural elementary school in SW Ontario. I also have taught Junior-Intermediate Core French, the Arts and  Intermediate French Immersion. Prior to that I worked at summer camp for 7 years and taught first aid and beginner horseback riding lessons.  Find me on Twitter @ABlakeTeach.

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