I started these mental, verbal and educational workouts because I received an invite from Paul Allison of YouthVoices. We began meeting with other Youth Voicers to discuss the interaction of our students within our online community. We have talked about string games, educating students, Trayvon Martin, virtual worlds/games and now we are discussing Howard Rheingold’s Net Smart and an accompanying college syllabus that he has developed.
For our latest hangout we were continuing our Net Smart book talk with:
Howard Rheingold’s book Net Smart is a great conversation starter. Rheingold:
How can we use digital media so that they help us become empowered participants rather than passive consumers? In Net Smart, I show how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully.
Rheingold identifies 5 literacies necessary to be a fluent and responsible user of social media. They are:
Attention- Rheingold begins by talking about how attention works and how distractions and multitasking might be making us dumb. These are thoughts that have crossed the minds of teachers, parents and students around the world. The question is … what is the answer? The answer to that question is yes AND noWe need to be mindful of the distractions that the internet provides. It opens up the world to us and we must be sure to attend what is important and not what is easily available and entertaining.
Crap Detection- Just because it’s on the web does not mean that it is true. This chapter deals with the need to find ways to identify and classify the good from the bad of the millions of informational tidbits that are floating around on the net.
Participation - The web has allowed us to learn with and from each other. We can now have online classrooms and communities that can house 2 people or 2002 people. Bloggers, Tweeters and Facebook posters have the ability to speak their mind and change the world.
Collaboration – We now have the ability to pool all of our immense resources and … change the world. There is no longer a me and mine. We have the ability to SHARE everything and increase the momentum of a project by making it us and ours.
Network Smarts - If we thought that telemarketers could make life unbearable because of how much they know about us; think what can be done when businesses know every key stroke and search that you make. We must learn how to protect our privacy so that we are safe and secure.
The book is a good read for anyone interested in learning about the reaches of the internet or trying to teach others about the reaches of the internet. The book gives you topics to think and talk about.
I have been working on my personal web presence, PWP, for years and will continue to do so because …. well because. I had blogs, wikis, Twitter accounts and more but never thought about a way to pull it together. That is part of the Personal Web Presence, PWP.
I want to get it “right” but I really don’t know what this is so I make changes often searching for that “right” look (I also have a little ADHD so when I see something that I like – I use it.)
I have linked up my blog and other sites to an ecard that I like .. for now.
I have looked at tons of educator blogs and sites and I like them all because they give me ideas about what I want or don’t want in mine. The sites that I really like are the ones that I go to and then forget why I was there because I have clicked my way through to many of their interesting and valuable resources and posts.
There are many sites that do that. I love to visit the Edublog Awards Winner Page to see who is listed and then visit their sites. I always find great material there. Some use them as their PWP and some use them as merely a blog, either way there is always a great deal of quality to see and read.
Your PWP also deals with what is online from and about you. I post more good stuff than I do foolishness but I use Foursquare to share my dinner and snacks. I have tried to get into the habit of summarizing my Tweets and Facebook posts so that I can examine my regular footsteps and I am not too upset.
YouTube allowed you to do a search of your name to see what comes up when you Google yourself. Here is mine:
helping educators learn to use the Web for their own learning–in part to help them understand where these tools will have pedagogical value for them in the classroom, but also to help them rejuvenate their own learning and careers.
I have been working my way through the 14 actions listed on the site and I have found them worthwhile. Some of my responses I have included on my blogs as post and others I posted a comment on the Mightybell site or the Teacher 20.com site.
First let me say that I don’t believe that Ms. Smith is really an “old dog” buttt… I had a chance to make the day of one of the seasoned workers at school and I am so happy for her.
Be sure to share your tech tips and resources with some of the seasoned workers at your job site. Some of them can and will use your help and expertise.
For Christmas I gave a wireless mouse to Ms. Smith, one of our office clerks. I picked it up from Office Depot during their Black Friday Sale for close to nothing. I got a few of them because they were so cheap. I was going to keep them for myself, one for home, one for the desk and one for the laptop I use with the Promethean board.
One morning I watched Ms. Smith struggle with her old mouse and asked if she would be interested in “getting an upgrade.” She said that she was willingly to try the wireless mouse out to see if she could use it. It took almost a week before she actually used it but SHE IS NOW IN LOVVVVE and can’t imagine working without it. My clerk has become the envy of the office because she has the mouse and I have become a Goddess.
Try to take the time and show some of the “old dogs” around you some new tricks. They might surprise you AND they might surprise themselves.
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In addition, my thoughts and opinions change from time to time and I consider this a necessary consequence of having an open mind. This weblog is intended to provide a semi-permanent point in time snapshot and manifestation of the various thoughts, opinions and ideas around my brain. As such, any thoughts and opinions expressed within out-of-date posts may not the same, nor even similar, to those I may hold today.
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