OSSTF Tools and Toys Conference Presentations

On October 28th and 29th, I gave two presentations at the OSSTF Tools and Toys: Technology in Education conference held in Toronto, Ontario. The first presentation I made (on Workshop Session B, Oct. 28th) was:

Understanding Internet Identity, Safety, and Privacy Issues Workshop
The Internet is a wonderful medium enabling students, teachers, and society to interact with one another around the world in real-time. However, there are real dangers that the Internet poses for everyone, especially for teachers using such within his/her lessons plans. This Workshop is designed to inform teachers, using non-technical language, what a number of these dangers are, how they operate, and what can be done to avoid these issues in order to keep such exercises safe.

In this presentation I explained the well-known issues, but, I also focused a lot of attention concerning these two issues: (i) the perils of blocking content and the fact that many students (and some teachers!) use proxies and/or tunnels to bypass such; and (ii) how to determine whether or not a teacher should use Internet web sites (versus controlled-for-education web sites, e.g., school-board-hosted sites). Despite the details in the talk being necessarily somewhat heavy, the talk was very well-received and understood.

The second presentation I made was (Workshop D, Oct. 29th):

Augmenting the Classroom Experience Outside the Classroom With E-Learning Workshop
As a teacher, there are times when one would like to have the ability to do something available outside the classroom for students and possibly their parents, e.g., schools where students cannot stay after school due to catching a bus. This presentation will show how this can be done incrementally using a Learning Management System (LMS) called Moodle.

During this talk networking (e.g., servers running on my laptop) and Internet issues prevented me from demonstrating the things I was presenting. (Networking connectivity in the presentation areas was an issue at the conference. Unfortunately, my own laptop configuration with servers, etc. had an issue which prevented me from demonstrating it without a network.)

Should you wish, feel free to contact me concerning either of the above presentations.

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