Several local schooldistricts have recentlyaddressed updatingbullying policies. At thebeginning of the month,Southwest Allen CountySchools decided to revisetheir anti-bullying policy,after the school boardunanimously voted toadopt a new policy. Thedistrict’s previous policydid not include digitalcommunications as part of their definition of bullying.Northwest Allen CountySchools, in addition toFort Wayne CommunitySchools, is also dealingwith cases of cyberbullying. This type of bullying has been donethrough social mediawebsites, includingFacebook.In response to the cyberbullying attacks, the city’sown McMillen Center forHealth Education recentlyreleased updatedprogramming to meet thecurrent needs of thecommunity.Since “the early 2000s,we have been doingbullying education. In thenews, we’ve been hearinglots of stories about kidswho are using technologyin ways that aredeleterious to everybody,”McMillen Center’sprogram manager, LindaHathaway, said.She said the changefrom less in-personbullying has happenedbecause technology hasevolved.“It’s interesting becausebullying has occurred foryears and years and years.Now, with the technology,kids can’t get away fromit at home.”The McMillen Centerdefines this new type of bullying as “the use of technology to harass,threaten, embarrass, ortarget another person.”Hathaway said the waytechnology has evolved isgreat, but on the otherhand, it can also be usedas improperly.“Technology can beused for all kinds of greatthings. It connects you toall kinds of people. Kids
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Cyber bullying impacts area school districts
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IPFW programallows studentsto learn on the go
It took computers 20years to become widelyused in American class-rooms — from 1971,when mainframe andminicomputer-basedinstructional programswere developed, to thelate 1980s, when schoolscould choose between theApple Macintosh orDOS-based clones.So who would have thought that after all that timeestablishing themselves as a mainstay in classrooms,computers would take the learning experience out of thebuilding.It’s happening at Indiana University-Purdue UniversityFort Wayne. Since August, IPFW’s first faculty group toengage in Project #mobileEDU has been exploring thepotential of mobile learning through the use of AppleiPads. The initiative was made possible by an internalgrant from IPFW’s Office of Research, Engagement andSponsored Programs.Six months later, one-third of the university’s facultyare using iPads in their classrooms and research projects.“Over the course of the next semester, what we’reasking our faculty to do is to take a critical look at these
Students listen to a presentation in the teaching theater of the McMillen Center for Health Education.The center offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of regional schools. They offer several educa-tional classes to prevent cyberbullying and in-person bullying.
Faculty members at IndianaUniversity-Purdue University FortWayne attend a day-long seminarto learn the basics of the AppleiPad.
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Senior living facilitybrings amenities to area
35 units will make up Savannah Springs development
Savannah Springs, a new senior livingfacility on Trier and Goeglein Roads, isslated to be completed in May or June of this year.“We are moving right along,” DawnGallaway, business development specialistat Keller Development Inc., said.The northeast Fort Wayne developmentwill offer one-or two-bedroom apartmentsfor seniors, defined as 55 years and older.The offerings will include four one-bedroom units, in addition to 31two-bedroom units. All appliances will beincluded, plus a washer and dryer.Gallaway said many other amenitieswill be available for people living at thefacility.“The community room has thecomputer room with internet access,” shesaid, also adding that the communityroom has cable TV.“Outdoors, we have a gazebo, pet park,covered pavilion with picnic tables anoutdoor grill and a raised flower gardenarea.”Pricing for the apartments will rangefrom $300-$600 and will be based onhousehold income.Since the facility is on the corner of Trier and Goeglein Roads, at first a fewsurrounding residents were concernedabout the new development.“We had two neighborhood meetings,”Gallaway said, indicating that neighborswere concerned “with how the buildingwas going to sit on the corner, and thetwo-story nature of the building.”She said landscaping was added and theoutside of the building was “dressed up,”which involved mixing up the brick andhow the building looked, “in an effort tominimize neighborhood concerns.”The management company is takingnames and addresses for citizens who arepotentially interested in living inSavannah Springs. For more information,call 497-7010 ext. 239.
By KELLY MCLENDON