September 2011

Read the whole article: the interesting bit is not the sexting but the comparison with the Netherlands!

TEENAGERS are feeling pressure to send sexual images of themselves and others by mobile phone in what is becoming a potentially pervasive practice of ”sexting”, according to government-funded research.

Young people are experiencing pressure not only from each other but also from the “insidious” influence of a sexualised media culture that pressured them to be involved in sexting in order to fit in, Melbourne University researcher Shelley Walker says.

Ms Walker told the Australasian Sexual Health Conference in Canberra yesterday young men were made to feel their masculinity was in question if they were not into sexting.

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Women also felt pressure to participate when they saw sexted images of their friends.

Ms Walker, of the primary care research unit at Melbourne University, said her study involved interviews with 15 male and 19 female participants, aged 15 to 20. All of those interviewed had “at least one story to share, if not more”.

She gave vignettes of the lurid images the interviewees had described, including pictures of nudity and sex acts.

Ms Walker, whose research was supported by the federal Health Department, said it highlighted the need for young people to have a greater say in how to respond to the phenomenon of sexting.

She said the study drew attention to the potentially pervasive nature of sexting.

There was now a free sexting app available for young people to download to their smartphones, which although it promoted safe sex, “does highlight how potentially normalised this behaviour has now become”.

The interviewees talked about the increasingly sexual nature of advertising and the sexual behaviour of adult role models, including those in music videos.

She quoted a 16-year-old boy who said he thought sexting was a big problem no one was looking at seriously and feared “it’s going to be everywhere”.

Another speaker said candid early sex education would not only result in Australian teenagers having their first sexual experience later but also reduce unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

Researcher Alan McKee said the more relaxed and open approach to sex education in the Netherlands had delivered a significantly better result for young people, contradicting the grim warnings of child sexualisation voiced in Australia.

Professor McKee, who heads a sexuality development research project at Queensland University of Technology, said the campaign by those claiming early sex education prompts “sexualisation of children” was counterproductive and resulted in Australian teenagers having first sex, on average, 18 months earlier than Dutch teens.

He said there was a significantly more open and relaxed approach to discussion of sexuality by Dutch youth and their parents, where the average age of first sex relationships was 17½ compared with 16 in Australia.

The Netherlands also had a significantly lower rate of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies among young people.

Professor McKee said early comprehensive sex education did not encourage early sex but did prevent ignorant sex.

via Teens start sexting as a way to fit in, says study.

Here is an edited version of a briefing on the right way to evaluate teachers that Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and other leading education research experts gave this week on Capitol Hill to policymakers.

via Getting teacher evaluation right – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post.

Yep: she got that right (as Jed Bartlett would say).

Hanging out for the day we can teach a class with iPads. Move over laptops…

 Here I will go through the steps I took to deploy 30 iPads and a cart at a middle school and some of the details.

via School iPad deployment with iOS 5 step by step.

Excellent work, Mr Gliksman!

As educators we also need to be helping students develop those same information management skills. Their success in school and afterwards will be heavily dependent upon it.

Fortunately, computers can now carry much of the burden of helping organize and manage our daily info-management needs. There’s a wealth of excellent tools available on the iPad. In selecting the list below I relied on two important criteria:

1. The solution has to work efficiently on the iPad – whether it’s browser based or an iOS app. It’s not enough that it’s a great desktop solution.

2. It has to work across platforms and devices. Your iPad is usually a 2nd or even 3rd device so it’s important that you be able to access your information in multiple locations and across all devices.

via The Top 10 iPad Tools for Information Management – iPads in Education.

Twenty Everyday Ways to Model Technology Use

I think I will print this and put it into my colleagues’ pigeon holes. The fact that I am doing that is a comment in itself!

I wanted to post a list that talked about how to “use” technology in the classroom, but I found myself revising that word “use” to the more general word, “model.” The reason I did this is because so many teachers believe that if students aren’t actively sitting in front of the computer screen themselves, then clearly technology is not being used in the classroom.

via Twenty Everyday Ways to Model Technology Use for Students | Edutopia.

Great site and wonderful service, Liam Dunphy. Well done! Visit and be informed.

Liam’s Learning Log.

Liam is the Teaching & Learning Technologies Coordinator at St Augustine’s College – Sydney, on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney. He is a lifelong learner that loves to learn with his students and tries to be a role model for learning with them. Liam is always on the lookout for authentic learning opportunities and has created his blog to connect with other like-minded teachers in order to achieve this. Why not join him there


This post advances a model that would be very relevant to my workplace. The integration of the idea of community is a key to the 21st Century School.

I don’t believe 21st Century Learning can truly take shape unless all three components of the ABC model are addressed in parallel. They might not all come to fruition at the same time, but within the various discussions that a school/school board/government might have to kick-start 21st Century Learning into action, all three ABC’s must be considered.

via ABC – The 21st Century Learning Model | trainingwreck.

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