ltto – age appropriate publishing

Activity 2 – I selected – Students can engage with communities, discussion, and resources outside of the context of the class

Yup, that’s what I want my students to do. Direct their own learning. Find communities of interest. Learn about people, places and ideas beyond the classroom. Become enthusiastic lifelong learners, thoughtful curators, confident creators, facilitators, whatever…

Incorrect. While this statement is true, careful consideration should be given to the students’ age, the context of the learning activity, and the appropriateness of asking them to make posts in a public forum. While receiving opinions from individuals outside of the class can be very beneficial to learning, it could also open students up to online abuse or bullying.

Sigh. We hear so much about cyber bullying but I have never seen any evidence of it. I don’t know anyone who has ever had to deal with this. Some spam, certainly. But it was Target stores’ lack security and a former employer’s HR department slip-ups that have been the biggest online headaches.


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