Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Growing Up Online
The television show Frontline on PBS had an episode called "Growing Up Online". You can view the whole show over the internet at their website:
Whether you get to view the show or not, the main focus of the episode was that adults had better learn to embrace technology and help kids navigate it because it is here for good and for better or worse. (http://thejournal.com/articles/17616_3)
What do you think of all this? I mean, not just the blogging, but the myspace, facebook, text messaging, IM-ing, etc... How is it shaping our culture and our world? What should my role be as a teacher? Do I encourage it's use? Is this technology making us all less personal and more detached from each other? Am I contributing to the problem? The first day of class I mentioned that I want all of us to be teachers to each other. Can this blog help us all be students and teachers of each other? If so, think about the mindset you must have to be a part of this. This technology can create new ways of thinking for us if we are willing to write and read seriously.
While thinking about all of this, it is worth considering how to blog responsibly. See what the website above says, but also try following some advice from Dave Taylor.