May 1998 Issue - Volume 1.9
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President's Notes

Safety Tips for Parents and Children Using the Internet

Group Dynamics

Words in Action

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

President's Notes

InternetLast month we attended a computer show in Chicago. You probably heard about it....the one where Bill Gates could not get his Microsoft program to work. Over the years this show has gotten increasingly larger. It is hard to take in all of the new information. But what is evident to me is that there is room to grow and develop and to create new ideas. This technology and information age, that is upon us, has created a whole new world for those who are not afraid to dream. We saw examples of a seamless environment with computers, which is already available and which will become common place in the not to distant future. In order for all of these visions to take place, however, we will have to give up some of our habits of the past. For some it will be easier than for others. In accepting these changes, we may stumble from time to time, as Bill Gates did, but that just provides us a handhold for further change. We look forward to watching and participating in this growth and change. I hope you will join us.

Speaking of change. Have you had difficulty accessing all of the wonderful sites on the World Wide Web, including our two sites, http://www.e-tutor.com and http://www.hi-val.com. We have heard from a few who have experienced some difficulties. We apologize for any problems you may have had and we may have a solution for you. Many, we have talked to, have not upgraded their browser in quite some time. These upgrades are available for users of Netscape NavigatorTM and Microsoft® Internet Explorer. In order to take full advantage of the constantly changing and growing World Wide Web and the many fully interactive sites that are available, we encourage you to upgrade your browser frequently.

M Angulo

 

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President's Notes

Safety Tips for Parents and Children Using the Internet

Group Dynamics

Words in Action

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Safety Tips for Parents and Children Using the Internet

Internet Safety

  • Keep the computer in a main area of the home, not in your child’s bedroom. The computer should be set up where it is easy for parents to see the screen and monitor behavior.
  • Spend time with your children while they explore the Internet. Let your child know that you care and that you intend to participate.
  • Keep your children out of unmonitored chat rooms. The best Internet filtering software blocks access to all chat to keep children safe from the threat of dangerous persons, masquerading as kids.
  • Become familiar with the quality family-friendly and kid-friendly sites on the Web. Load your computer with bookmarks to sites, such as http://www.hi-val.com, http://www.e-tutor.com and http://www.strategicstudies.com. These sites offer both great educational and entertaining information for children that allow them to explore safely and will discourage wandering. Internet Safety
  • Know your child’s e-mail password and tell your children to inform you immediately about troubling, unsolicited e-mail. Make sure they understand it is not necessarily their fault if such e-mail arrives.
  • Inform your kids of personal information that should never be given out over the Internet without your consent; telephone numbers, address, credit card numbers, name of school, age, financial information, etc.
  • Stay abreast of technology and regulatory changes regarding Internet safety.

 

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President's Notes

Safety Tips for Parents and Children Using the Internet

Group Dynamics

Words in Action

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

  • Take advantage of the Web filtering software available in the marketplace. These block access to inappropriate sites related to sex, drugs/alcohol, hate/violence and gambling.
  • Let your child know that your are there to talk anytime, about anything they come across that may cause discomfort.
  • It is important to review these tips from time to time to ensure these guidelines are being implemented.

Leonardo da Vinci was an ambidextrous workaholic. He sketched with his right hand while he wrote with his left.....simultaneously!

Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics

We work with many different types of groups on planning, developing and analyzing their organizations and work. The best groups are those where the individuals have a "we" attitude, instead of an "I" attitude. The following are some ways to build stronger group dynamics:

  • Think of the group as a group. Talk about what we can do rather than what any individual in the group can do. Emphasize teamwork.
  • Build group traditions. Any group establishes its own history. Little rituals can create a bond among members. Examples might be celebrating members’ birthdays or hosting a year-end reception to honor outstanding service.
  • Get the group to recognize good work. A group that appreciates the efforts of its members will promote feelings of acceptance and caring. When any individual member of the group has done a special job, compliment him or her. Mention their contributions in a newsletter or community paper.

Team Work

 

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President's Notes

Safety Tips for Parents and Children Using the Internet

Group Dynamics

Words in Action

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

  • Set clear, attainable group goals. When members know and understand both long- and short-term goals, they understand where the group is headed. That sense of shared purpose creates an even greater bond.

The secret of success is being solution-oriented, not problem-oriented, and having faith that, for every problem, an inherent solution exists.

Words in Action

Words in Action

Alternate vs. Alternative. These words are often confused when used as adjectives. Alernate means "to occur by turns," or "one and then the other." Example: "alternate dots of red and white." Alternative means "providing a choice." Example: "alternative solutions to the problem."

More wordy phases we can do without:

  • private industry (industry)
  • with regard to (regarding)
  • in excess of (more than)
  • affor an opportunity (allow)

Have a Great Month and Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

 

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President's Notes

Safety Tips for Parents and Children Using the Internet

Group Dynamics

Words in Action

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Lesson Plans Wanted

Lesson Plans WantedStrategic Studies needs teachers to prepare lesson plans which can be used in conjunction with the Internet. Lessons are being sought in all curricular areas and all grade levels from primary to high school. You may want to visit

(http://www.strategic studies.com/lessonPlans)

to view a model lesson plan. For more information about lesson plans, please call (847) 318-7110 (M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM, CST)

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