Social Networking and Walled Gardens

Networks in the classroom have walls and filters designed to keep our kids safe.  That’s great, our goal is to keep our children safe.  But what happens when keeping our children safe comes at the price of not communicating, and not allowing them to explore?  Are we doing a disservice to our students by not allowing them to connect with others on a more communal scale?  We can talk about safe and responsible searching, but if we cannot model and provide them with an opportunity to learn in a hands on manner, how are we preparing them for the world?  I just learned today, actually, that our high school blocks YouTube, but allows students access to Twitter.  I’m not saying that’s wrong, but are we evaluating our educational tools the right way?  It’s a fascinating discussion, one of which there are people on both sides of the issue that feel very passionate about it.  Click on the link above and check out my Voicethread about the topic.  Voicethread is a fantastic tool to narrate your slides and allow others to comment on your ideas.

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About mrdeissler

I teach technology education to elementary students and work with teachers on integrating new technologies into their lessons at two different elementary schools. This blog serves as a place for me to reflect and share to help make me a better educator, as well as document my learning in the M.E.T. program at Boise State University Follow me on Twitter @mrdeissler
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