Responsible Use

Some people accuse me of being a pessimist. The fact is I am a journalist by training. I report the facts. Sometimes there are good facts sometimes there not. What I refuse to do is settle with the bad facts and go on acting is if there are good. So here are the facts, a incident happened where I worked. I am not going into this in any great detail because I do not want to promote the incident. If you know me and are a good journalist/ researcher you can probably find out. We had warning that this incident was going to happen. Those involved were warned beforehand of the consequences. Those involved acted anyway. Now those involved are dealing with the consequences. If it had been a slow news day, we might have garnered some attention. Thankfully, other much bigger local incidents captured the attention of the news media.
I used this as a teachable moment in my class. I explained to my students how journalists could use the twitter feed to investigate the story. I told them how searching hash tags could be used to investigate the story. I warned them that the local news could take their tweet and use it. If this happened there could be consequences at school. During the day students tweeted out their opinions about the incident. After school, when there was no fear of getting caught tweeting, the twitterverse exploded about the incident.
Using the same tools, I told my students I slowly investigated the events of the day. Then there it was, my students tweets. I was very impressed, they did not support the instigators. Instead they stood up against the incident and their peers. This was not a popular view. I will say I very proud of the way they conducted theirselves online. I believe that if you teach the responsible use instead of banning tools it can be very productive. #soproud #patmyselfontheback

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3 thoughts on “Responsible Use

  1. What a great learning experience for your students. You truly do deserve a pat on your back for teaching them good citizenship in the first place, and for facing it head on. Many teachers would have vilified the students involved, ignoring the fact that, in today’s connected world, it matters what individuals do to react to an event.

  2. I get quite tired of banning rather than teaching appropriate behaviour. Many school boards are quite paranoid here and ban many sites. A lot of adults would not be suffering job problems if they had been taught what is appropriate to put online and what is not. Saw this from Ginger Lewman on Facebook
    “Well, funny thing — if you want to be privately connected, maybe you might ought to consider exchanging phone numbers and deleting your FB account since it is a social tool.

    If you don’t want it shared, don’t post it. As for keeping privacy anywhere in today’s world? That ship sailed about 20 years ago and dropped anchor in the land of “monitoring public safety” in 2001-02. There is no privacy anymore, least of which on FaceBook.”

    We need to teach appropriate use of the tools. Congratulations for doing that.

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