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  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    Hey Brendon,

    I am always up for a puzzle — I love the question at the end: have you followed copyright/creative commons in this blog post? Well, after the good read and not paying close attention to the citations, I must admit once I completed reading, I was second guessing some of your citations. But … I am at a loss of the Scary…[Read more]

  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    Glenda,

    Digital citizenship is a critical issue facing 21st century education. Industrial era teaching helped students to cope with a world where social pleasantries, respect, and politeness were the main citizenship skills taught. Today’s students leave the education system and enter a world where a new set of digital literacy skills are not j…[Read more]

  • Course 2 project … arrives

    The hard part:

    Irony. The creation of this project was not the difficult part. I had wonderful partners, who were collaborators and bought into the project. A dream. The tough p […]

  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    Jennifer,

    You reflect a concern that I continue to have – as a digital immigrant, how can I keep up with these digital natives? How can I use technology to enhance and transform their learning experience? I believe you are spot on when you say that we have to give students some freedom to decide how technology will be used. Our students are o…[Read more]

  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    I like the “drink the Koolaid” thought, Byron. And I wish it were that simple.
    It is like the question–what comes first, the chicken or the egg? The parents buy-in or the teachers support, or the parents support of the teacher’s buy-in. Many factors need to be considered to ensure that kids are safe — isn’t that the common vision — kids…[Read more]

  • Family values of the 21st century = Digital citizenship.

     

    Family values have shifted to incorporate the right and wrong of the modern and technological world. Or at least, we hope they have. In fear […]

    • I suppose that it has always been a bit of a trick to figure out where students are going to learn about the important topics in their lives. For a school’s perspective I think the trick is developing a relationship with the families who are sending students to your school. Somehow we have to get families to “drink the Koolaid” that we are offering as a school. It also supposes that the teachers within a building also share a relatively common vision. It is so much better to work in schools where there is some agreement within a staff about what is important to teach. When a staff works together it makes it much easier to get parents to support what you are trying to do…

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      • I like the “drink the Koolaid” thought, Byron. And I wish it were that simple.
        It is like the question–what comes first, the chicken or the egg? The parents buy-in or the teachers support, or the parents support of the teacher’s buy-in. Many factors need to be considered to ensure that kids are safe — isn’t that the common vision — kids safety. It seems it should be that simple. Back to the 70’s, sipping koolaid, and playing in the yard. A bit of a different scene in the 2010’s where kids are chilling at Starbucks, with their frothy whipped drink, and using the free wifi to connect with … ??

        It takes a village to raise a child.

        Thanks for your thoughts Byron.

  • (Shaking my head)

    I am feeling confronted with a problem that I should be addressing in my classroom and with my students, but I don’t know how to answer.   The bubble of international teaching protects us […]

  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 9 months ago

    I appreciate a fellow techie, but not an FB’er (but am I a techie… ok another discussion for another day). I truly appreciate your honesty and confessing how FB and social media can cause problems rather than solve them. Although it seems to connect people, and people sings FB for it, it also displays and shares everything about you — and not…[Read more]

  • Hmmm … ok … procrastination and interest—I Google myself and see what pops up.

    5 mins…10 mins…15 mins later…

    I have progressed from self-interest to now stepping all over people’s personal moments in […]

    • Great post Bobbi,

      Your first line really captures my attention and I came extremely close to following you down the same rabbit hole as opposed to writing my comment. Having staved of that pitfall, I found myself contemplating the larger question your post addresses. Privacy is dead.

      It is essentially impossible to “not exist” on the internet. I too am a hesitant Facebooker and have been resistant for years to its allure. The only problem? I am the only one in my friendship circle. They often coordinate through the messenger service Facebook offers and so I am forced to. Or at least, I am forced to rely on my wife to coordinate my life for me through Facebook. The biggest problem I had with Facebook centered on the need for others to have me justify their existence digitally. Acquaintances who had asked to be my online friend became upset when I had not added them in a timely manner. Protestations that I was not that way digitally inclined, were not accepted and relations became strained. I had no choice but to put myself out there in cyberspace to appease the masses in person.

      That was nothing however, compared to the pressure I was under to publicize my relationship. In a situation which must be much more prevalent for the students I teach and teens today; I fell out with my wife because I did not acknowledge our relationship online for a long time. The truth is that I never cared to post about myself in the first place. Though I had a few pictures, I did not define myself at all online. I used Facebook to see some holiday pictures my friends had and they inevitably tagged me in their posts. So my profile developed. However, when I started my relationship, the clock was ticking and it was time for me to eventually come out of my shell.

      Even without really contributing meaningfully myself, my digital profile expanded and developed. I became someone to people I knew nothing about and more intimate with my friends and colleagues. My privacy was gone forever.

      • I appreciate a fellow techie, but not an FB’er (but am I a techie… ok another discussion for another day). I truly appreciate your honesty and confessing how FB and social media can cause problems rather than solve them. Although it seems to connect people, and people sings FB for it, it also displays and shares everything about you — and not necessarily approved by you. True statements.

        When it comes to defining yourself online, and the desire not to, which I am with you on that one. Exposure is not pleasant for anyone. You are making me think of the question–now that someone has exposed me through their social events, wall, and timeline, have they already defined me? I am not in charge of my own digital footprint. Sigh.

        All the best with constructively maintaining your social network and keeping some relationships real 😉

  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

    Thank you for a good read!

    Great story about your students searching you and discovering past writings, and like Matt, the challenge was out there… but I couldn’t find you. So your secrets are somewhat safe.

    I do have a similar story of feeling exposed — my father-in-law, when I was in the dating stages moons ago with my husband, had…[Read more]

  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Hi Cheryl,

    I read your post awhile back, and have wanted to comment. Ironically, I was spiralling and well, missed the chance. I appreciate your voice and frankness that you have written about how you are feeling. We have spoken of this before, and not that I want to celebrate your overwhelmed and out-of-control feeling, but I was happy to…[Read more]

    • Bobbi,

      Thanks for reading! Well I wish I could say that the downward spiral was fun and gave me a rush of excitement. But seriously, it gave me nightmares and just kept me in hiding for awhile. The sun did come out and I do feel better but I acknowledge that perhaps I am doing too much and want it all done perfectly and that just isn’t…[Read more]

  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    I have a confession.
    I have read your request for a comment four times. I have started a comment three times. I pause, reflect, and …STALL. Your questions have stumped me. And then, frustrate me — in good ways. Just as I think that I am humming along and getting things done, timely and feeling good about COETAL and thinking ahead to what…[Read more]

    • Give yourself a break Bobbi! We’ve only been at this 6 weeks! 🙂 It will take time but as you mention, if you keep at it things will start to fall into place and you will find what works for you. You should feel good about all that you have accomplished so far. Keep at it!

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  • Bobbi Charles posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Brendon –

    You bring up a relevant point regarding the use of the web being driven by connections vs content. I agree with you that my current use is also quite content heavy – I mainly use the web for my teaching practice. However, the ability to take advantage of it for its connections is something I am looking forward to exploring in this p…[Read more]

    • Hi Bobbi,

      Web 3.0 thank you for the link. I had heard of how this was being utilised for marketing purposes but never really thought about the educational effect. How TV programs or movies can be given different cars depending on the social economic standing of the persons listed data. How the background in movies can be adapted to suit the…[Read more]

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