Students generally exhibit high levels of motivation to socially communicate. They like to talk with each other, and in our digital world their desire to communicate often has digital forms. Rather than simply blocking all student access to digital social networking tools, teachers and school administrators should seek powerful tools and environments which permit them to help students SAFELY learn how to use digital social networking tools with local as well as global audiences. is a free educational service sponsored by the Oracle Educational Foundation. In this skypecast, Maine elementary educator Cheryl Oakes talks about, the success she and other teachers at Wells Elementary have had using the environment to help students learn about Internet safety and appropriate digital discourse, and offers recommendations for other educators around the globe who may want to start using The service is free, and the opportunities for learning are unlimited.

Program Length: 32 min, 29 sec
File size: 7.8 MB

Podcast 03 May 2006(Click here to listen to this podcast)

Show notes for this podcast include:

  2. Cheryl Oakes’ Blog
  3. School Family Compact for Wells Elementary School (Wells, Maine)
  4. Oracle Education Foundation
  5. Screenshots of the environment

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