Empowering and Protecting Tomorrow’s Digital Citizens

My notes from the Tech Forum 2007 in Austin.


Miguel Guhlin and Wes Fryer

Miguel begins:

Change is Inevitable going from school 1.0 to school 2.0
–image cited from Brian Grenier’s Bump on the Blog

Change is what makes being an administrator fun.

When speaker of fear and what qualifies as safe Miguel notes a loss of control
—what is safe? Home w/ or w/out parents. School w/ or w/out teachers. Internet???

  1. Technology is Indispensable from 21st Century Education

    1. “walkthrough” from TeacherTube.com (still looking for the url)
      –Apparently this video is from Mesquite ISD, someone involved in this video is in the audience
      –Response to did you guys realize the power of YouTube at the time, “No we did not”

  2. Nurturing Parent Frame or Lecturing Father Frame
    1. showed two powerful cyberbullying video clips
    2. what is the response
    3. These ideas of cyberbullyng are not new
    4. No one says, “Take away then pencils”
    5. You have to know appropriate behavior, and the result that come from bad choices (accountability)
    6. There are new things, easy for an impulsive response can be read and exposed to many, no longer a few
    7. We are shocked when Kids say inappropriate things about kids, what about when Teachers say inappropriate things about kids
    8. We need to model proper behavior
    9. My point, Michael Moore WANTS people to see his comments, students do not want EVERYONE to see theirs.
      1. –noted by another audience member, students may not want you to see them as a hateful person
    10. Another audience member on Michael Moore, Intent. Our students are naive and may not understand the full ramifications of the intent. The student’s intent is to vent, the ramification of the venting is to hurt another’s feelings.
    11. Miguel asking the question why are we blocking this
      1. My response is the ostrich theory
      2. If I cannot see it, it is not happening
      3. Also, if I prevent it at school, then it is not a school problem it is a home problem
        1. Whom then are you teaching?
    12. What is the student response to cyberbullying?
      1. It is either bully first or be bullied
    13. How to stop cyberbullying?
      1. Connect with students
      2. Connect at the freshman level, if the student can connect at the freshman level, then someone is at school cares.
      3. This can reduce alienation, bullying and attrition
        1. Wes notes the difference between dropout rate cited by schools and the actual number.
        2. He refers to a presentation by Dr. Allan Beane

“Hero in the Hallway” Great video to visual the reality of cyberbullying and the potential for teachers to mediate this action.

3) Conversations, not consequence, need to be our focus

My reflection on this session is good. I am a tech heavy teacher. At the start of each school year I have to wait a few days for my freshman to get network ID log-ins, school provided e-mail accounts, and all the necessary user IDs and accounts. What do I do with this time? This year I walked my students through an information literacry unit I based on Alan November’s resources. My students sat while I showed video clips and explained the potential. As they got their log-ins we explored the web and how to evaluate site. We discussed what should be done in class and what should be done at home. I mentioned the beauty pagent winner who made the news by posting and attempting to remove photos from her Facebook account. Why did she remove these pictures? Why did she post them in the first place if she felt they needed to be removed later?

I designed this introduction unit to be presented with my SMART Board, so attached is the PDF export of that presentation. The citation is not in proper format, but the URL is there.

Information Literacy Presentation

What do we do during the first week or two of school? What not take advantage of this time to teach the ramifications of the internet?

Miguel and Wes began the presentation stating we need to have conversations. Begin the school year with a conversation among your students. Continue the school year with a conversation with your parents. End the school year with a conversation with everyone, celebrate and promote the work of your students.


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