While numerous websites are available today which can be used to share educational content with students, parents and others, it is VERY important to be aware of advertising and the specific types of advertising which websites utilize. This post provides a case in point.
I’ve experimented with the free webservice Wirenode.com to create a “mobile friendly” website which I’ve used a few times during the introduction to screencasts I’ve recorded with Screenr. The problem I noticed this evening with the site is the ad displayed below my content: It is an ad to “Get Hot Pics” on a mobile website decidely NOT appropriate for sharing with students.
I’m not going to directly link to that ad website, since I don’t care to provide them with any additional Google pagerank karma thanks to my post, but you can see the address in my screenshot above. The content of that site and the ways in which people are (and will continue to) use mobile phones to share photos and videos should be the subject of another post entirely. Freedom has a dark side, and we unfortunately can see it in websites like these.
Be very careful and deliberate in selecting websites and web services for class blogs and learning portals. My top FREE website platform suggestions for teachers now (included on my new book and website project, TalkWithMedia.com) are ad-free WikiSpaces for Educators sites, Google Sites, KidBlog, Posterous, and Class Blogmeister. I will NOT include Wirenode in that shortlist. Do you have other ad-free website platforms you use educationally and would recommend to others, not on this list?
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On this day..
- Online Petition: Oklahoma City Public Schools Must Adopt Balanced Internet Content Filtering Policies - 2012
- 5th Graders Develop Problem Solving Skills with Lego WeDo Robotics - 2012
- Set Up a Moderated Class Blog on Posterous - 2011
- Podcast371: Cartooning Around in Language Arts by Malia Triggs #msmeca11 - 2011
- Favorite photos and videos from METC 2010 - 2010
- Planning outline for METC 2010 keynote - 2010
- Scan at higher resolutions with Preview on your Mac - 2010
- PollEverywhere grappling with Monetization and Free Educator Plans - 2010
- Using Skype to Collaborate (Classroom 2.0 Live this Saturday morning) - 2009
- Sub-$100 Netbooks are coming - 2009