Thing 1: Blogging

Hello all!

I am Victoria Calarco and I am the Library Media Specialist at South Seneca MS/HS. I am fairly fresh out of school and looking forward to continuing on in my professional Development. As you can see from my previous posts a couple of years ago that this is not my first experience of learning technologies and sharing via a web blog.

I am comfortable with several blogging resources but I stumbled across a glitch I found very surprising this morning. The school that I work at is becoming extremely technology forward. Every middle school student has a Nexus Tablet, every high school student has a Chromebook and every student has a school google account. As a teacher in the building I also have a school provided tablet and Chromebook. I have been using for this Cool Tools Seminar, when I went to try out Blogger for this activity I discovered the school system has blocked it.

I think censorship may become a theme as we use technology more and more. To keep this issue at bay I think we need to as others have emphasized stress the importance of digital citizenship and cyber security. Students need to learn what is appropriate and safe not just necessarily be sheltered from it. (I am not trying to make the point that EVERYTHING should be unblocked, clearly some things should not be allowed at school!)

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One thought on “Thing 1: Blogging

  1. Yes, yes, yes!! So frustrating to give the students the hardware they need, but then start blocking basic things like Blogger. Totally agree that we need to help them learn to navigate wisely, not shelter them. Welcome to the workshop!

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