I just had a conversation that really requires quite a bit of reflection. I’m sure I’ll write a longer, more reflective post on this in the future, but I need some feedback before then just so my head doesn’t explode.
The person I was discussing this with made two main points about things that should be established with technology guidelines. It was a person I have an incredible amount of respect for, so this is why I’m having such a hard time with the following ideas.
1. The statement was made that all of the data being produced by teachers and students should be housed within a district. One specific example given was that you shouldn’t allow teachers to use a site like Wikispaces as legally, a district can’t control the data, and thus can’t shut it down should teachers or students do or say something inappropriate. Same thing for blogs, podcasts, or any other data produced by students.
2. A teacher should never allow a student’s work to be posted if it isn’t entirely free of grammatical or spelling errors. Their work should be perfect before being shared with the public. It would be embarrassing to a student, their family and the district if someone else saw their work that had obvious errors in it.
I have so many thoughts on this, but needed to bounce it off someone. I thought you all would be able to give me good insights about both points. If you were establishing guidelines for emerging technologies, what approach would you take?
Thanks to Darren Hester for the Flickr image.