Keeping it Simple #CCK11

I thought this might be of interest to members of the CCK11 community…as diverse as you all are.

We struggle in K-12 education with the perceived [and sometimes real] dangers posed to students by social media and web 2.0 tools.  One consistent response to this fear is to ban, filter or limit the use in school the very tools that students are drawn to outside of school.  I think the response should be just the opposite, embrace the tools, model appropriate use and teach students to always operate safe and ethically online.  And we need to do this without creating complicated usage policies that are impossible to enforce.  Simple statements that make kids think before they do and that raise important questions that are open for discussion are the way to go.

Here is a great example from Mike Brown that was shared on the Nate Briggs Social Business Strategies blog and tweaked by Lisa Nielsen [The Innovative Educator]:

“Will what you’re about to share offend, surprise, or shock your

  • Classmates
  • Teacher
  • Friends
  • Boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Family
  • Parents
  • Employer (current or future)
  • Clients (current or future)
  • Business partners (current or future)

in a way which critically jeopardizes your relationship? If you answer even one “Yes” for this short list of people, think long and hard before publishing your content.”

I really like the inclusion of future employers, clients and partners.  We don’t ask kids to think to their future enough.

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2 Responses to Keeping it Simple #CCK11

  1. Alicia Parr says:

    This is a really great guideline. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pingback: Connectivist education and the future of children #cck11 « connectiv

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