CAT | Digital Citizenship
I have been contemplating for sometime (all my teaching career really) the age old question… Where does student work go? In the days before online projects, we hung student work on the walls for display. When I first got a class website, I would post links to student work sometimes. Now, I find myself with student projects that are almost exclusively digital and nowhere to “hang” them.
I like displaying and sharing student work for them, their peers, and the world(a.k.a. authentic audience). Even more than that, I needed a place for exemplars and a place for commentary and discussion on work. Due to this, a concept began forming in my brain a while back… I needed a digital hallway. I have slowly realized that curation sites curate everything else, so why not my student’s work?
After taking a look at several curation sites all of which had great features, I settled on Learnist. They seem to best fit my current needs. So what does a digital hallway look like? Here are the beginnings of one possible vision…http://bit.ly/digital-hallway
Google continues to branch out and take over the world (not necessarily a bad thing), but in this instance it is downright useful for teachers. They have created Google Education. This is a tool that has pre-made lessons(for students) and trainings (for teachers) about Search Literacy. Many teachers only know about a small portion of the functions available in a Google Search, so in educating ourselves we can educate the kids.
Just another hole filled by Google!
Brad Flickinger of School Technology.org just might be on to something here. It is food for thought and at the very least an interesting discussion to have with colleagues, students, parents, and ourselves. These ideas ask us to reflect back on our current practices with an eye for the students’ perspective.
Here is the link to my first post regarding Part I of the Bill of Rights. Both are worth a gander.
Copyright used to be the only option when it came to creating, using and sharing works. Now there is an alternative for new works created called Creative Commons. Check out this informative Prezi by Mr. Staub at Littlestown High School.
Here are a couple of useful YouTube Videos that clarify the issue:
If you have original work that you would like to share on the web but would like it protected, go to the Creative Commons site and get a license. It takes about 3 minutes!
On the School Technology Solutions blog, Brad Flickinger has some interesting things to say about what kids deserve regarding technology in the classroom…