The educational thoughts of Jason Epstein
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The scribes in my classes continue to do outstanding work. I'm continually impressed by the depth and quality of the student's scribe posts. They work so hard on their scribes. Why do they do that? Most high school students look for the easy way out; "How can I get by with the minimum amount of effort on my part?"
When traveling in cyberspace, you provide information to others at almost every step of the way. Often this information is like a puzzle that needs to be connected before your picture is revealed. Information you provide to one person or company may not make sense unless it is combined with information you provide to another person or company. A summary of the more common ways you give information to others when using the Internet is provided.
Many school districts are adopting Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) to educate parents and students about Internet use and issues of online privacy and safety, and seek parental consent for their children's use of the Internet. For example, an AUP may tell parents about the privacy policies of online services with which a school has contracts and students' use of non-contract websites. It may include cautions against children disclosing personal information to websites - such as their full name, home or email address, and telephone number. Or it may tell parents that the school has established classroom email accounts rather than individual accounts if email communication is necessary between students and online services.
The rise of online media has helped raise a new generation of college students who write far more, and in more-diverse forms, than their predecessors did. But the implications of the shift are hotly debated, both for the future of students' writing and for the college curriculum. Some scholars say that this new writing is more engaged and more connected to an audience, and that colleges should encourage students to bring lessons from that writing into the classroom. Others argue that tweets and blog posts enforce bad writing habits and have little relevance to the kind of sustained, focused argument that academic work demands.
As students in Reading Workshop begin to build their blogs, post by post, the need for some structure in commenting is evident. Hopefully these guidelines will help students engage in meaningful dialogue, comment by comment. Here are seven rules for blog comments.
Digital technology has had a tremendous impact on our lives. Although the Internet and cell phones have been in wide use for only a couple of decades, most of us can hardly remember a time before they existed or imagine how we would function without them. How have the accessibility of these technologies, and the ease with which we are now able to share information, changed the way we communicate? And how can young people in particular better deal with the issues that might arise from being able to communicate so quickly and easily with so many people? This activity will help students recognize and address these issues. Note: Registration for this site may be required, but it's simple and easy.
This lesson can be implemented at school if you are teaching in an environment that allows students to use personal learning devices, or outside of school if students are banned from using digital devices.
Although written to a corporate audience, there's much to be learned here on what information is/is not private on the internet. It would be a good class exercise for students to sleuth what information is known about their classmates and themselves.
Chatroulette allows people around the world to see each other and chat via text or audio. Users can click “next” to skip from person to person, never knowing what the next image will be. But this unregulated freedom presents serious safety concerns for children. Violent and sexually charged images frequently turn up on Chatroulette, according to Sam Anderson, who chronicled his experience on the site for New York Magazine.
In social networks, people can increase their defenses against identification by adopting tight privacy controls on information in personal profiles. Yet an individual's actions, researchers say, are rarely enough to protect privacy in the interconnected world of the Internet. The FTC is worried that rules to protect privacy have not kept up with technology. The FTC and Congress are weighing steps like tighter industry requirements and the creation of a "do not track" list, similar to the federal "do not call" list, to stop online monitoring.
Over the Line? With half of all 14- to 24-year-olds admitting they've been digitally abused, it's a timely, integral question. And MTV is trying to help teens answer it--by asking each other. Ever type something you wouldn't say in person? Ever had someone trash you online, then later claim they were "just joking"? Think your digital drama might be over the line? Submit your story, rate others' stories and help define the line between innocent and inappropriate.
Turned in March 4th, 2010 for STN (Student Television Network Convention) at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. There was a limit of six hours to make a 30 second PSA (Public Service Announcement.) The topic was "cyberbullying." Supervised editing took place and the film was shot, edited and finished before deadline. Thanks to editor, Rachel Callas and actress, Avery Schulhofer.
One technique I used to push the learning connections and stretch students to higher levels of thinking is suggesting the use of comment starters to students. I encourage them to use these and encourage them to add to the list. These help students compose responses to posts at higher levels than just "I liked what you said" type of replies. It is a starting point.
Because many students had already taken part in the blogging challenge, it was decided in September 2009 to extend to two challenges - one for better bloggers and another for better commentators. Over 600 individual students and 80 classes totalling a possible 3000 students registered this time. Again we had participation from 15 countries of the world, some bloggers were only just starting, others had their blogs for over a year. It is now 2010 and the student blogging challenge has its own blog. To register for the 2010 challenge: http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/about/march-2010-register-here/
Despite being developed by a 17-year old as a way to randomly video chat with people from around the world, ChatRoulette has quickly become a cause for concern for children (and adults) being exposed to objectionable activities. Larry Magid offers advice on what it would take to make the technology a much more useful video social networking site.
School activity: Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see the winning posters from three elementary students who participated in an online safety contest. A similar contest could be held at school, in a district or county as part of cybersafety or digital literacy curriculum. This particular contest was connected with Hispanic Heritage Month.