These are my notes from Kevin Honeycutt’s breakout session titled “” at the TTT conference in Wichita, Kansas, on 12 June 2008. Kevin’s online safety website is MY THOUGHTS ARE IN ALL CAPS. I’m recording this session to share as a podcast later. My notes from Kevin’s keynote this morning are also available. Kevin’s main website is

How I got into talking about online safety
– listening to Terry Aftab?

Even good kids will do bad things when they think no one is watching
– even adults
– people shouldn’t have a secret life, it doesn’t lead to good things
– we’ve
– parents treat the computer like a child’s diary and that is a mistake

do you ever become your own parent?

Had an experience with my son where he quickly closed the lid on his laptop when interrupted, and said it was “none of my business” what he was looking at
– we started the conversation that we should have had before we got online

the world has changed more in our generation than in any other generation in human history
– where is the curriculum for online behavior in schools?

we have to get to the playground whether we understand it or not, and identify the rusty edges

there is no lazy way to do this
– you have to ask questions
– who are you chatting with online?

lazy parents raised kids with television in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s
– TV is a push technology
– computer technologies are push/pull
– they are amazingly sticky

book: Made to stick (about sticky learning) – Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath

For a long time I made the mistake of teaching the tool rather than teaching WITH the tool
– there is not curricula around “pencils”
– we need to stay experts with our tools

web 1.0: I have a website, 1 way delivery

web 2.0: asking for your opinion, join my social learning network
– asking for your input, it becomes a conversation

ever watched your kid playing a game and you have trouble staying up/ keeping up/ understanding
– kids have no fear of software
– we are slowed down by legacy code and experiences: blue screen of death

wired kid research indicates some kids can make 110 decisions per minute (not necessarily good decisions tho)
– our kids don’t necessarily think before they click

video: Panasonic Ideas for Life video

classrooms were designed by people who have the most keys in the school
– space between desks is there because you can fit a broom between the desks
– that has nothing to do with learning or what is best for kids or teachers

kids in the middle of the room are policymakers
– kids in middle can go either way
– kids in the back are disengaged

did you learn proximity in teacher education
– assertive discipline: hand on your shoulder
– workshops actually taught repetition in commands to students

there should never be worse than a second row seat in any classroom in education
– do theater in the round

how do we take kids from the back of our rooms and get them to participate, get a front row seat

now showing “Introducing the Book”

have a room full of tense teachers
– love on them first
– then help them have fun (if you don’t have them laughing soon, you’ve failed)

Game skills translate to real world skills
Ever since our kids have been, there have been computers

Dan Pink: the rise of the creative economy
– people buying a designer plunger

Outsourcing and the death of education

are we teaching our kids to build creative, experience-based products in our schools
– are our schools promoting creativity?
– in the majority of schools, adults are dictating what students are expected to do

we all think creative is fun, but do we have time for it?

idea of “consolidation”
– when your dream consolidates the new things you learn, new things are looking for places to attach
– how much unstructured time do we have in schools today?
– adults concerned about wasting too much time letting kids play

divorcing learning from play

On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins
– I am on my 7th time reading through the book
– this book has changed my life
– key: NOVELTY

creating uncertainty in the classroom creates great opportunities for learning

Friedman talking about fungible and non-fungible jobs
– what jobs can be outsourced?

is teaching and learning fungible?
– depends on your vision?

If your brother is in Iraq, Skype matters

How many of you using Google Docs?

We need balance in our lives
– lost children, whose parents don’t come to parent conferences
– just like you shouldn’t eat all pudding
– the web puts out a buffet of options, but our kids are eating the napkins
– they have the library of congress at their fingertips and they are reading about Britney Spears
– we’re not helping kids get a balanced diet


Kevin’s ideals for PBL on his website


We’ve got to start having these conversations with kids at an early age

cyber golden rule: don’t do anything online you wouldn’t do face to face

My mom is hooked on the Internet because of geneology and research

If the web is going to define
– take control of your virtual image
– why do these pictures keep showing up

what kids call a “hottie” picture we used to call slutty

story of a grandparent whose grandchild shared a compromising photo and ruined her local reputation…

– kids reaction to bullying has never been good
– now for many reasons people are saying it is worse: no escape, not a safe haven

Teenagers: the quest for a frontal lobe… (What were they thinking?)
– by 18 girls are developing executive function (frontal coretex)
– boys marry one (develop that ability slower)
– kids are making takeoffs and landings and their is no one in the air traffic control tower!
– we’ve got to be up in their grill

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