Woo hoo, here's our Internet Safety Rap!  Thank you so much to Joseph Foster, All-American point guard for the OIT Hustlin' Owls, for helping us out on our rap.  You all did a great job!  Be sure to send the link to your friends and family so they can let us know what they learned from our video.  Nice work.   

(It takes a little while for the rap movie to load, but once it does you don't have to wait for buffering.  Just click the triangle, then walk away, get a drink of water and come back to enjoy the show!)
Here's a little preview while you wait for our video.  These are some excerpts from our "celebrity rapper," Joseph!

We're working this week on the finishing touches for our Internet Safety rap.  Until then, here are the lyrics the kids and I came up with...

Online Safety Rap

This is our Internet Rap…

We’re gonna take some time,   To share a little rhyme…

So when you’re on the ‘net,   You won’t regret.

Now pull up a seat,  And listen to the beat


First thing to be aware, you need to think before you share:


Be careful what you put online, it won’t come off anytime

Giving out personal info isn’t fine, when you are online

Be careful what you put online, someone might be 49.


Second thing is tact, you gotta think before you act:


If you show respect, people won’t reject.

Make sure what you say is true, you don’t want people turning on you

Don’t steal, fo’ real;

If you didn’t make it, check before you take it.

Think before you post; be careful what you boast.

Don’t be rude, ‘cause you’re in a bad mood.

If you wouldn’t say it to your mother, don’t say it to another


Third thing to know, is where you can go:


If it’s a college site,  it is probably right.

Remember of course, to always check your source.

If the site is from a college,  you’ll get more knowledge.

Click “about us” to know it’s true,  or you might not have a clue

Cuz, just because they show it, doesn’t mean they know it.

So, check 3 sources, when you need resources

Here’s a tip for you, check 3 sources to know it’s true

Before we spend time on the Internet, it's important that we understand how to be safe and appropriate in that environment.  So, we've been learning about how to be safe online.  First, we watched YouTube clips about online safety (see post from earlier this year) and had great discussions about what that means to us.  Then we created a list of what we know about safe online behavior.  
Now, we are taking that list and turning it into a rap.  We spent our half hour this week writing rhymes for using in our rap.  It's been great fun listening to the kids make the rhymes and helping to come up with a final product we're excited about.

Next week we will have a "celebrity" guest rapper to help us with our Online Safety Rap (we need a catchy title for it!).

Students are starting to take a look around the blog and begin making their first comments.  As they become more proficient, they will get greater freedom to author their own posts and potentially their own personal blogs.  
Look at the focus!  I think it's pretty cool to see them hard at work and having fun.

We are going to be talking about how to be safe, respectful, and responsible on the Internet.  Before we begin, what are your thoughts on the topic?  What things do you think are important to know regarding how to be safe on the Internet?  Are there "rules to live by" for Internet use?  What kinds of information do you share? 
I found the following information on a site called digital me:  It states that there are "3 core concepts" to think about with sharing information on the Internet.  We need to think about Who sees what we share, whether What we share is too personal or not ours to share, and Where should we share our information. 

Here's another video on how to be safe, respectful and responsible online.  Take notes and think about what you want to include in our raps. 

Below I have what you all came up with for how to be safe  online.  If you have suggestions for how to improve it or things we left out, leave a comment.  Once we feel it's ready, we'll make our rap!  Also, leave comments on rhymes you think would be good for this.  Have fun.