Friday, January 23, 2009

Going Global, Going Public

Dean started out by talking about how we could take a proactive approach to digital citizenship and online safety.

Have you considered your digital identity? You have one whether you like it or not. If you aren't managing your identity then Google is.

Have you checked out Rate My Teacher.com? People can start groups about you on Facebook or even create an account with your name. It is better to have your own accounts and manage it yourself.

Myths:
#1 Filters are important tools that protect our kids: Australia spent 30 millions dollars on a filtering system that a student cracked in 30 minutes. Filters protect schools and adults, not students. Teachers are the best filters. You cannot rely on software.

#2 Internet Predators pose a huge danger to students. Victimization of kids are usually by someone they know. Not strangers.

#3 Current strategies on internet safety and cyberbullying are effective. It is not just a one lesson thing. You need to use every teachable moment to build kids' understanding.

#4 Kids are internet savvy. They aren't afraid to use it but they aren't born just knowing how to use it.

#5 We need to talk to kids about whether what they are seeing online is real. Snopes is the best way to find out about hoaxes. Teacher need to teach kids how to find out who owns a site. They need to understand credibility.


So, have you Googled yourself? You need to know what would come up. Do it! That's the only way to find out what others are saying about you. How are we helping kids understand this? If you think of the internet as a place to look up stuff, you're missing the best part.

Leverage your network - Connect with other educators on del.icio.us, twitter, facebook.
It's a human network. Watch this:


We need to provide an academic stage for our kids to show off their work. Audience makes the difference. Would a basketball team hold a closed game without an audience? No! They want to show off their skills and work. Why? To get feedback (cheering).

A lot of Dean's thinking comes from Clay Shirkey. If you haven't read Here Comes Everybody, it's worth the read!

Here is a recording of the session that was taped LIVE.

3 comments:

Melissa Ross said...

I definitely agree that teachers are the best filters. There is always a way around something if you are tech-savvy enough. (I have learned that one from my husband. ha ha)
I think cyber bullying is also a huge one. Thanks to anti-bullying week at Chets, our students are aware of how hurtful it can be.

KK Cherney said...

I can't agree with this session more about kids needing an audience. I just need to figure out how to get around the frustration level the students are experiencing.. logging into our system is almost too much. We can do it.

Teach to Learn said...

Ditto, on teachers being the best filters in class. I do admire the teen "hacker" though. He is a critical thinker who takes risks. Isn't that what we want from our students? Ok, certainly not to that extreme but I feel like I have to try and stay on track with the digital world if not for my students, certainly for myself. As for the students logging into our system, I agree: Yes we can.

Relationships + Risks = Results