PBS aired a Frontline special in January 2008 titled, “Growing Up Online.” The entire program can be viewed on the PBS website in separate chapters. I learned about this last week, listening to the most recent Seedlings podcast. This evening in Seattle, I led a three hour workshop on “Safe Digital Social Networking,” and we watched the video chapter from this program on cyberbullying to highlight issues as well as generate discussion. We also started a VoiceThread to share responses to this program and the issues it raises. Feel free to add your voice to the conversation we started!

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  • We are currently in our second year of an iSafe program in our district. We have a small number of juniors who volunteer to become an iMentor through iSafe. Each spring they develop instructional programs for their peers and the community.

    This year we will be teaming up with another district about 60 miles away through video conferencing, chats, blogs, and wikis, etc. We have asked our students to view the Growing Up Online video you refer to. I would love it if they could make comments on your voice thread, but I cannot record. Do you have it blocked?

    I have embedded it in our wiki and would love to get a conversation going with other students.

    We have also created a blog (http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=80223) and would love for that to take off as well. Is there anything you can do or suggest so that we can get our students collaborating with others around the world?

    Hope to hear from you.

    Mike Dionne
    twitter me at mdionne

  • Mike: I have that voicethread set to be open for public comment without moderation, so as long as you’re logged into an account with VoiceThread you should be able to comment. Please let me know…. I’ll msg you via twitter as well…

  • I have only been using VoiceThread for a little over a week and I think that it is a fantastic tool. I have made a few VoiceThreads to learn how to use it. It is fun, in my opinion it has a lot of possibilities in education. I have showed it my students and many of them have tried it. We are planning on making some VoiceThreads in class.

    Like almost every school, we recognize a teacher of the year and a paraprofessional of the year. Just to have some fun and to encourage support for our Career and Technology Secretary for paraprofessional of the year at our high school we made the following Voicethread:

    http://web.mac.com/meddude/Site/Hereford_High_School.html

  • I have only been using VoiceThread for a little over a week and I think that it is a fantastic too. I have made a few VoiceThreads to learn how to use it. It is fun, in my opinion it has a lot of possibilities in education. I have showed my students and many of them have tried it. We are planning on making some VoiceThreads in class.

    Like almost every school, we recognize a teacher of the year and a paraprofessional of the year. Just to have some fun and to encourage support for our Career and Technology Secretary for paraprofessional of the year at our high school we made the following Voicethread: http://web.mac.com/meddude/Site/Hereford_High_School.html

  • Alicia Brooks

    I strongly agree with your opinion of digital citizenship. I think we as teachers/parents need to teach our students how to be good citizens. We teach them not to talk to strangers, not to get into stranger’s cars, etc. Why not transfer that information to their uses of technology? I don’t think teachers are trained enough on how to teach to those issues. During the course of a year, teachers are given trainings on gang violence, drugs, even “how to handle intruders in the building”. I don’t hear anything but negative things about the online world here in our district. I think we as educators, like you said, need to take on that responsibility of teaching good digital citizenship. I think it should start in the elementary schools where they are already learning about citizenship. I always tell the teachers in my trainings that these things aren’t going to go away, this is their lives. Just like it is stated in the videos from PBS. We need to stop ignoring these situations and start confronting them.

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