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Born To Build

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The new Born to Build website highlights the huge range of roles in construction, and along the way explodes a few myths about the industry...

Construction is one of the biggest industries to work in, both in the UK and worldwide. To illustrate this, it employs ten per cent of the UK working population and needs to recruit a further 185,000 over the next five years.

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The new Born to Build website highlights the huge range of roles in construction, and along the way explodes a few myths about the industry...

Construction is one of the biggest industries to work in, both in the UK and worldwide. To illustrate this, it employs ten per cent of the UK working population and needs to recruit a further 185,000 over the next five years.

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ViewPure / videos without clutter

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Watch YouTube videos without comments, ads, related videos, or any other distractions. It's great for teachers, parents, and organizations alike - or really, anybody.

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John Dalziel's curator insight, August 24, 2:50 AM

The ViewPure website and ViewPure browser bookmarklet are great tools for practitioners who want to show a YouTube video in their learning environment, but don't want to risk displaying "related" sidebar content. 

ViewPure has been around for a four or five years.
The site has been updated to offer helpful search tools.
Practitioners can now search for YouTube videos through the ViewPure website.
NOTE: ViewPure is not a work-around if your learning provider blocks YouTube and it is not a tool for downloading YouTube videos.

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Google Noto Fonts

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Beautiful and free fonts for all languages. Noto is Google’s font family that aims to support all the world’s languages. Its design goal is to achieve visual harmonization across languages.

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Noto fonts are under Apache License 2.0. Simply select a region of your interest and pick languages. You will then be provided with download links for each one.

Ideal for learners on language courses or for learners who want to communicate with family and/or others in their native tounge

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Safeguarding/eSafety

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The first downloadable collection of resources published by John Dalziel (ACLjohn)

 

Collated for his personal use, John has shared this Safeguarding/eSafety resource under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 


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Free Online Training Software: Create Online Training & Online Course

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Create a course or training online for free with the best training software for work, school or educational course. Share online.

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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 7, 2013 4:16 PM

There are many websites where practitioners can create courses to engage with learners.
ProProfs Trainer Maker is looking to be a serious contender in online learning. Practitioners can create professional courses for all kinds of reasons, the uses limited only by their imagination.
Creating a course is as simple as naming it and adding the content. The content is divided into chapters, making it easy to organize content; a way that will make sense to learners.
Practitiuoners can add...
- images,
- links,
- videos and
- all kinds of other useful content

...to their chapters, to help instill the message they are trying to deliver.
Note: Free and premium creation options available.

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free online training software

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LearnersTV

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video lectures on physics,biology,chemistry,maths,computer science,engineering,medical,dentistry,accounting and management,literature,law,economics,philosophy,Communication,Astronomy,Science Animations,Lecture Notes,Lecture Presentations,Online Test...

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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 9, 2013 9:24 AM

Learners TV has organized hundreds of academic videos. They've also organized more than one hundred science animations.

The science animations on Learners TV are organized into three categories; - biology,

-physics, and

-chemistry.

There are also...

- Lecture Notes

- Lecture Presentations and

- Online tests.

Well worth a closer look. Oh yes, they're free!

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Math is Fun - Maths Resources

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Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, quizzes, worksheets and a forum. For K-12 kids, teachers and parents.

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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 12, 2013 6:01 PM

Math is Fun offers mathematics in an enjoyable and easy-to-learn manner, because they believe that mathematics is fun.
Resources are reviewed by qualified people, plus millions of people view the site and provide feedback!
Ideal for Functional Skills, and more.

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Add audio comments to Google Docs

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This Helloslide will show you how to use a new tool, in Google Docs, to add voice comments, to documents.
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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:00 PM

Feel Free to use this resource. It is oneof Four I've produced this month. See more at http://www.helloslide.com/users/7706/acljohn ;

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Web2.0 Technologies for Educators

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About | Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About | Edudemic | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

←50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

 

Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.

Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.

Social Learning

These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect.

 

Social Learning

These tools use the power of social media to help students learn and teachers connect.

1.Edmodo: Teachers and students can take advantage of this great tech tool, as it offers a Facebook-like environment where classes can connect online.\

 

2.Grockit: Get your students connected with each other in study sessions that take place on this great social site.

 

3.EduBlogs: EduBlogs offers a safe and secure place to set up blogs for yourself or your classroom.

 

4.Skype: Skype can be a great tool for keeping in touch with other educators or even attending meetings online. Even cooler, it can help teachers to connect with other classrooms, even those in other countries.

 

5.Wikispaces: Share lessons, media, and other materials online with your students, or let them collaborate to build their own educational wiki on Wikispaces.

 

6.Pinterest: You can pin just about any image you find interesting on this site, but many teachers are using it as a place to collect great lesson plans, projects, and inspirational materials.

 

7.Schoology: Through this social site, teachers can manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators.

 

8.Quora: While Quora is used for a wide range of purposes, it can be a great tool for educators. It can be used to connect with other professionals or to engage students in discussion after class.

 

9.Ning: Ning allows anyone to create a personalized social network, which can be great for both teachers and students alike.

 

10.OpenStudy:Encourage your students to work together to learn class material by using a social study site like OpenStudy.

 

11.ePals: One of the coolest benefits of the Web is being able to connect with anyone, anywhere. ePals does just that, but focuses on students, helping them to learn languages and understand cultures different from their own.

Learning

These educational tools can help you to make lessons fun, interesting, and more effective.

12.Khan Academy: Many teachers use this excellent collection of math, science, and finance lectures and quizzes to supplement their classroom materials.

 

13.MangaHigh: MangaHigh offers teachers a wealth of resources for game-based learning in mathematics.

 

14.FunBrain: If you’re looking for a great collection of educational games, look no further than FunBrain. On it, teachers can take advantage of fun tools for math and reading.

 

15.Educreations: Educreations is an amazing online tool for the iPad that lets teachers (or students) create videos that teach a given topic. Perfect for studying or getting students to show off their knowledge.

 

16.Animoto: Animoto makes it simple to create video-based lessons or presentations for the classroom and to share them with students or anyone else.

 

17.Socrative: Available for computers, mobile devices, and tablets, this student response system engages students through games and exercises on any device they have on hand. Even better, teachers can easily assess student progress and track grades.

 

18.Knewton: Adaptive learning has been a hot topic in recent months, and with Knewton it’s something that any teacher can access and use. The site personalizes online learning content for each student according to his or her needs.

 

19.Kerpoof: On Kerpoof, students can get creative with their learning with games, interactive activities, drawing tools, and more that are both fun and educational.

 

20.StudySync: With a digital library, weekly writing practice, online writing and peer reviews, Common Core assignments, and multimedia lessons available, this site is a fully-featured tool for teaching and learning that can be a big help in the classroom.

 

21.CarrotSticks: On this site, teachers can take advantage of a wide range of math learning games, giving students practice while they have fun.

Lesson Planning and Tools

Use these tech tools to pull together great lessons and design amazing and memorable student projects.

 

22.Teachers Pay Teachers: Have great lessons to share? Looking for something to add to your classes? On this site you can do both, selling your own class materials and buying high-quality resources from other teachers.

 

23.Planboard: Make sure your lessons are organized and that your day runs smoothly with the help of this amazing online tool designed just for teachers.

 

24.Timetoast: Timetoast is a pretty cool for student projects, allowing them to build sleek, interactive timelines in minutes.

 

25.Capzles: There are so many different ways that Capzles can be used in the classroom, there’s bound to be an application that fits your needs. What does it do? Capzles makes it simple to gather media like photos, videos, documents, and even blog posts into one place, making it perfect for teaching, learning, or online projects.

 

26.Prezi: Want to build presentations that will wow your students? Make use of this online tool that makes it simple to do all kinds of cool things with your lessons, even allowing collaboration between teachers.

 

27.Wordle: Create stunning word clouds using Wordle, a great complement to language lessons of any kind.

 

28.QR Codes: QR codes (or quick response codes) are showing up with greater frequency in education. If you’d like to get in on the trend, you’ll need a tool to create and manage the codes like Delivr and one to read codes, like any of those listed on this site.

 

29.Quizlet: Quizlet makes it easy for teachers to create study tools for students, especially flashcards that can make memorizing important information a snap

 

30..MasteryConnect: How are your students performing with regard to state and common core standards? MasterConnect makes it simple to track and analyze both, as well as other elements of student performance.

 

31.Google Docs: Through Google Docs, teachers can create and share documents, presentations, or spreadsheets with students and colleagues as well as give feedback on student-created projects.

 

32.YouTube: Not all schools allow YouTube, but they are missing out as the site contains a wealth of great learning materials for the classroom. There’s even a special education-focused channel just for teachers and students

 

33..TED-Ed: TED isn’t just a great place to find inspiration anymore, the site also contains numerous videos that are organized by subject and can help you to teach everything from how pain relievers work to Shakespearean insults.

 

34Glogster:Glogster is a social site that  lets users mash up music, photos, videos, and pretty much anything else you’d like. It’s a great way to create learning materials and a handy tool for creative student projects.

 

35.Creaza: Want to bring your student projects into the 21st century? Creaza can make that possible, offering tools to brainstorm, create cartoons, and edit audio and video.

 

36.Mentor Mob: On Mentor Mob, you or your students can create a learning playlist, which is essentially a collection of high-quality materials that can be used to study a specific concept.

Useful Tools

These tools can help you to stay connected, organized, and increase the ease of building multimedia lessons and learning tools.

 

37.Evernote: Capture great ideas, photos, recordings, or just about anything else on your Evernote account, access it anywhere, and keep it organized. A must-have tool for lesson planning.

 

38.Twitter: There are so many ways Twitter can be used in education. Teachers can connect with other educators, take part in chats, share their ideas, or even use it in the classroom to reach out to students.

 

39.Google Education: Google offers a number of great edtech resources for teachers, including email and collaborative apps, videos, lesson plan search, professional development, and even educational grants.

 

40.Dropbox: Easily store, share, and access any kind of data from anywhere with the easy-to-use and free Dropbox service.

 

41.Diigo: Diigo lets you treat the web like paper-based reading material, making it simple to highlight, bookmark, take notes, or even add sticky notes.

 

42.Apple iPad: One of the most widely used, though expensive, tech tools being used in today’s classroom is the Apple iPad. With a host of educational apps being developed for the device, it’s become a favorite of teachers and students alike across the nation.

43.Aviary: Aviary is a suite of tools that make it easy to edit images, effects, swatches, music, and audio or to create and modify screen captures.

44.Jing: If you’re teaching kids about tech or just about anything else, a great screenshot program is essential. Jing is one great option that allows teachers to take screenshots as images, record up to five minutes or videos then edit and share the results.

 

45.Popplet: You and your students can use Popplet to brainstorm ideas, create mindmaps, share, and collaborate

 

46.Google Earth: From geography projects to learning about geological processes, Google Earth can be an amazing and fast way to show students anywhere in the world.

 

47.DonorsChoose: Need funding for a classroom project? You can get it through this site that hooks up needy teachers with willing donors.

 

48.SlideShare: With SlideShare, you can upload your presentations, documents, and videos and share them with students and colleagues. Even better, you can take advantage of materials that other have uploaded as well.

 

49.LiveBinders: Like a real-life three ring binder, this tech tool allows you to collect and organize resources. Much better than a binder, however, the site also comes with tools to connect and collaborate and a virtual whiteboard.

 

49.AudioBoo: Through this tool, you can record and share audio for your students or anyone else.

 


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Avoid “read more” Links in your WordPress Blog · YDN Blog

Avoid “read more” Links in your WordPress Blog · YDN Blog | Useful School Tech | Scoop.it

WordPress makes it easy to display a truncated version of each article on home and archive pages. Unfortunately, the default presentation will insert a simple link that says "(read more)", which is not helpful to screen reader users who are faced with a list of repetitive links. It's much better to insert the article's title in the link text.

   

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Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools

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Flickr: Lexie Flickinger By Matt Levinson As schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an eff...

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Video Animation Made Easy

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...Now anyone can create amazing presentations without a designer or technical know how. Sparkol online software cleverly uses templates that allows you to focus on your content rather than layout, design or having to learn technical things.


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Tackk Edu: (@TackkLessons)

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Browse Tackks about Tackk Lessons (@TackkLessons)

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Visit Tackk Edu to see...
   - science,
   - maths,
   - social studies,
   - art, and
   - language arts lesson plans that utilize Tackk.
Note: To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days.
I suggest practitioners registering for a free Tackk account before creating their first page. To create a Tackk page just...
   - upload an image
   - add text in the customizable fields above and below the image.
Tackk pages can also accommodate...
   - videos,
   - audio files, and
   - maps.

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Visit Tackk Edu to see...
   - science,
   - maths,
   - social studies,
   - art, and
   - language arts lesson plans that utilize Tackk.
Note: To create a Tackk page you do not need to register for an account, but unregistered Tackk pages expire after seven days.
I suggest practitioners registering for a free Tackk account before creating their first page. To create a Tackk page just...
   - upload an image
   - add text in the customizable fields above and below the image.
Tackk pages can also accommodate...
   - videos,
   - audio files, and
   - maps.

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GIF YouTube | Make Animated GIFs from Youtube

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Gif Youtube brings you the fastest way to create animated GIFs from YouTube

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A meme is a funny picture (often with a caption attached) which can go viral around the Internet. One form of this meme can be a GIF image. GIF YouTube enables you to take a scene from a YouTube video and turn it into a GIF image. All you have to do is type “gif” before “youtube” in the URL.
GIF YouTube can also be used to provide educational clips, (10sec max) to emphasise specific things.

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Mathsframe

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If practitioners are looking for some online mathematics practice activities for their learners, Maths Frame could be useful to them. 
To enjoy using the site, it's important that practitioners provide some instruction on how to use the site. They need to make sure that learners know where the "full screen" and "next" buttons are located or they might not enjoy using the resources.
Maths Frame offers more than 170 mathematics games covering basic...
- addition,
- subtraction,
- multiplication, and
- division. 
There are also some games for practicing...
- recognition,
- probability, and
- scale reading. 
NOTE: the games can be played without registering on the site BUT, Some of the games are labeled as as "subscribers only." Those games are not free.


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If practitioners are looking for some online mathematics practice activities for their learners, Maths Frame could be useful to them.
To enjoy using the site, it's important that practitioners provide some instruction on how to use the site. They need to make sure that learners know where the "full screen" and "next" buttons are located or they might not enjoy using the resources.
Maths Frame offers more than 170 mathematics games covering basic...
- addition,
- subtraction,
- multiplication, and
- division.
There are also some games for practicing...
- recognition,
- probability, and
- scale reading.
NOTE: the games can be played without registering on the site BUT, Some of the games are labeled as as "subscribers only." Those games are not free.

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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

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Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).

The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency...


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maite collados's curator insight, January 14, 11:24 AM

Las infografías son una herramienta muy útil por su factor visual: en poco espacio y de forma visulamente agradable y atrayente, engloba datos y relaciona conceptos.

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Shared Google Drive Folders - Presentation

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This presentation goes through the steps needed to create Shared Google Drive Folders. This will allow practitioners to share files, videos and much more with their learners.


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Ideal for Work-Based Learners and/or those who are unable to attend face-to-face sessions.

24/7 access, any time, any place, anywhere.

This is one of, at the time of curating this, eleven presentations.

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LITE TYPE

Online Virtual Keyboard Emulator. Search, Share, Translate, Save and Print in more than 50 languages! No need to download any software or plug-in!

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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 11, 2013 4:45 PM

LiteType.com is a set of a Free Online Multilingual and Interactive Onscreen Keyboard tools.

Practitioners,and/or learners can type, search, convert and translate in 53 languages, with no need to install any additional software.
Type in any of the available languages by clicking on the virtual keyboard buttons using a mouse. In case you have the chosen language characters on your physical keyboard, just use your keyboard to type the characters.

The keyboard key is displayed directly below the box in which your typed text appears.

Lite Type has some other convenient features like integrated search for images, videos, and websites.
Lite Type also has an integrated multilingual dictionary.

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VideoNot.es

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The easiest way to take notes from videos. Everything synchronized!

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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 22, 2013 2:37 AM

VideoNotes is a new tool for taking notes while watching YouTube videos. Load any YouTube video on the left side of the screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on.
Integrating with a Google Drive account, it allows users to share and collaborate on notes, just as they can do with a Google Document.
VideoNotes is an ideal tool for learners to use to take notes, ask questions, and answer questions while watching any "flipped environment" instruction videos (hosted on YouTube).

Learners can...
- share their notes with practitioners, enabling them to plan/structure their next face-to-face session;
- share their notes with peers for either collaborative work and/or peer reviews.

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ACLjohn's Finds and CPD resources

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This board includes CPD finds, resources I've created and or other things that can,for those learning providers I support, enhance current practice.

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This Learnist board includes CPD finds, resources that I've created and or other things that can enhance current practice.

Feel free to use this with your stakeholders.

Feedback, and/or suggections (Constructive please) always welcome.

This is my first Learnist Board, of what may become many.

Has potential for "Flipped Models".

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E-Safety Project - Using Technology, Working Together, Keeping Safe

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Helping students to learn, have fun and stay safe online. Supporting parents and careers. Online resources for staff to support their learners.

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STOP cyberbullying: Stop, block and tell

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Stop block and tell, strategies for dealing with cyber bullies.

   

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How to Put PowerPoints on a Blank DVD-R Disc

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A standard DVD-R disc can store up to 4.7GB of data, and is ideal for creating a backup copy of your business PowerPoint files. You can also use this disc to store a PowerPoint presentation that...


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Cyber bullying not just something that effects children - using the Tom Daley experience.

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Protecting our Kids from the Dangers of Cyberbullying...

 

As if doing poorly in a sporting competition that you have trained for your whole life isn’t devastating enough!  Yes, even star athletes are bullied.  

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