TALK IT UP
9/18/2008 By: Kevin Hogan
One of the great things about covering the
education and technology beat is that our readers love to share.
Whether it be a successful instructional technique, a telling anecdote
about a particular student, or a resource found on the Web,
you're always ready to let a colleague in on the secret-which
makes our job that much easier.
Just this month, a few of you shared with us the reality of our
suggestion that teachers set up their own Facebook page: "I am
online all the time with student assignments and rewriting curriculum,"
writes Carol Keith from Fulton County School District in
GA. "However, sites like Facebook are blocked in my school system.
Plus, I'm not sure the social aspect of using those sites
would be appreciated by my students with their teacher."
Educator Gregory Unrau concurs: "Students have told me they
don't like crossing the line between a social and academic environment,
they don't like school-run chat rooms, they want their
social privacy and freedom."
Mike Donlin from the Seattle Schools went one step further and
actually sent us curriculum and professional development
materials their schools have created in response to a cyberbullying
story posted on techlearning.com this summer. He's
looking to both offer them up for your use as well as receive
feedback from fellow educators. You can find these and other
conversations and materials at T&L's online discussion forums.
I invite you to share your
ideas and opinions about what you're reading both here in print
and online. Need added incentive? Register and log onto the
forums this month and find the discussion thread called "If I had
the Power." Post a 50- to 100-word description of your most
innovative ideas for using the HPxw4550 pictured on the cover
and you could win it. Good luck!
Thanks for reading.