After seeing Stephen Klein’s extensive WikiPedia user page (linked from Ethan Zuckerman’s post about OLPC implementation today) I decided to create my own WikiPedia user page. The risk of doing this, I suppose, is that someone could edit my page and put something there I wouldn’t want included. (I am NOT throwing down a glove as a challenge by posting this, btw!) In a workshop today we were talking today about this dynamic of creating web 2.0 resources, and having a continuum of control: Do you want to leave everything open, lock everything down, or find a middle ground somewhere in between? This discussion was in the context of creating a new Flickr group. I actually created my first group today in anticipation of the initial 3 days of professional development for the Oklahoma Digital Centennial project next week in Enid. I ended up creating a public group that is invitation-only, so there will be some level of control over membership and therefore contributions to the pool and discussions. For more background on the project, check out the first discussion post to our Flickr group.

Oklahoma Digital Centennial Project

As generational digital immigrants, I think it is natural to lean towards more control when it comes to web 2.0. Certainly in the context of schools this is natural. It is interesting as well as risky to venture into these waters, but this is the collaborative, dynamical, uncertain but empowering world in which we are called to live today! I’m really looking forward to having a chance to work with teachers in Oklahoma on digital storytelling and web 2.0 projects in the context of the state centennial! :-)

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