I inadvertently turned off commenting on my post today, “Facing the realities of bullying in our schools and communities.” Thanks to a post by Cathy Nelson responding to those ideas and my WordPress dashboard, this was brought to my attention and I’ve fixed the problem. You should now be able to comment on that post!
I have noticed my blog spam is getting a bit higher lately. Everything is being caught by Akismet and Simple Trackback Validation or prevented by reCAPTCHA, but a fair number are still posting each day as Akismet Spam. I had tried to turn off trackbacks on several posts, and ended up inadvertently also turning off commenting. Sorry for the error!
In her post, Cathy expresses her desire (which I share, along with Carolyn Foote who commented first on Cathy’s post) to share a balanced and reasonable approach when it comes to the topics of Internet safety, cyberbullying prevention, and online social networking. Students under age 14 ARE using MySpace and other social networking websites. That’s a fact in the schools where I live and work today, in Oklahoma. It probably is where you live and work too.
I shared a series of six suggestions in my blog post today about the Megan Meier tragedy which teachers, administrators, and other educational leaders can do to further the cause of a balanced/reasonable approach toward these issues. I think simply showing examples of students constructively using digital media tools to make a positive difference in the world is VERY powerful. Many of the student-created movies from Mabry online, any of the videos created by Marco Torres’ students (their website is currently down for maintenance tho), or videos like this one posted to YouTube by young people involved in political campaigns can speak MUCH louder than PowerPoint slides or other pieces of advice we may try to share with parents as well as kids:
I sense a slogan here, not because it is silly or cheesy, but because it is true. Something like:
Digital Storytelling by Students: It’s not just fun. It’s the most powerful way to get the attention and change the opinions of your local school board. Wield your digital power wisely.
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On this day..
- Discount this weekend: Playing with Media eBook 50% off thru Nov 20th! - 2011
- Final Dissertation Defense: Impact Analysis of Phonecasted Lecture Summaries - 2011
- MASSCUE XO Learning Moments - 2008
- No laptops at our meeting! - 2008
- All A Twitter about Twitter by Beth Knittle - 2008
- Facing the realities of bullying in our schools and communities - 2007
- Thinking Coffee 2.0 - 2007
- Changing expectations of learning - 2007
- Podcast102: Looking at Dead and Emerging Technologies - 2006