Sharing in Our Professional and Personal Lives

My opinions on openness and sharing have changed drastically since taking courses from Alec and Katia. I have learned so much about the opportunities and possibilities that can arise from sharing online, as well as the importance of controlling your own digital footprint. Some people who are hesitant to share online and choose not to participate in the digital world think this is the solution to staying safe online. In reality, avoiding it altogether is making it worse because,If you aren’t controlling your footprint, others are.”

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Who is controlling your footprint?

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Another issue with this is the example we need to set for students. Kids are growing up in this culture of openness and sharing, so the chances are they are not going to avoid it but be active participants of it. Because of this we need to teach them how to be safe and leave positive digital footprints. If we are avoiding it altogether, what are we teaching them? During the debate this week someone also mentioned the fact that most young people are more knowledgeable about protecting themselves online than adults are. So not only do we need to set an example for students, but we can also learn from them. Stephanie was on the disagree side and her blog post reflects a similar opinion to mine, that we need to model positive digital citizenship for our students.

These guidelines for social media offers a comprehensive look at how to use social media appropriately, especially as teachers and professionals. It is important to think wisely about what we post, and cover all our bases when sharing photos, information, or work from students. Because the ability to post and share is so easy and can be done with a click of the button, sometimes people don’t consider what they are posting. Geddes makes a good point when she mentions that we were more thoughtful when we had to log onto our computer before we could post, as opposed to having the power to do so in the moment on our smart phones. We can sometimes get caught up in the moment and post or share something we would later regret.

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There was a time when we had to wait until we were home and logged onto our computer before posting on social media. Now we have the power to post instantly.

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Sharing student work and posting pictures of students was also a topic subject to much debate. The most important thing when it comes to this is getting student and parent permission. I think it’s great that a parent can follow our school in Instagram and see some of the things that are happening around the school. It’s equally as great when a student shares a project they have done and receives feedback or comments from someone across the world. But with all these things comes the issue of privacy and student identity. It is also important to protect students, but do the pros outweigh the cons? I’m not sure. Amy found herself reflecting on this and wondering if she was being too restrictive with sharing.

So after debate number 4 I am finding a pattern in my thoughts and blog posts… I am not completely on one side of these debates. There are so many things to consider on both sides that it is difficult not to consider the pros and cons of each. But I guess that’s why the call it “The Great Ed Tech Debate”.

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10 thoughts on “Sharing in Our Professional and Personal Lives

  1. Erin Benjamin says:

    I really like your Geddes quote. I hadn’t really thought of how mobile devices really increase the opportunities for digital citizenship “slip-ups”. Great post Amy!

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    • Amy says:

      Thanks Erin, I also hadn’t considered the issues that mobile devices create with how convenient it is to post on social media. But Geddes makes a good point and I think in the past when we had to log onto a computer- if we were upset about something and wanted to post about it, by the time we got to our computer we had time to think about it.

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  2. Elizabeth Therrien says:

    I am very similar to you in this regard, Amy! My views changed drastically as well after learning from Alec and Katia. I also appreciate that you broach the topic of ease of access now to social media. It is much easier now than before because of our constant access via our cell phones. It is a much more deliberate approach, it would seem, when we go through the steps on our computers. I always wonder what I would do if I blogged for the sake of blogging, rather than simply for this course? I consistently log onto the computer and elaborate my blogs consistently and incredibly slowly for this course. However, if I was an avid blogger, I wonder if I would simply log into my account on my phone and type something up quickly to share with the world? Maybe one day. Thanks for sharing your wonderful post!

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    • Amy says:

      Thanks Elizabeth! I think that blogging offers some great opportunities to share your thoughts! Maybe after this course you will dive deeper into the blogging world.

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  3. asingh2 says:

    Great post Amy! I appreciate the reflection you show about both sides of the debate! I too have found I’m somewhere in between both extreme sides of the argument. I think the fact that we are reflecting and questioning these things, is the most beneficial way to approach it though!

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    • Stephanie Pipke-Painchaud says:

      Agreed. I’m also finding that while learning about both extremes is very useful neither extreme holds the perfect solution. We have to find a balance and pull the most valuable piece from each side to create a workable balance.

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  4. Stephanie Pipke-Painchaud says:

    I really like what you pulled from the Geddes article – were we more thoughtful when we had to log in on our computer, find the right picture and then post? Is it so convenient that we get caught up in posting before we stop to think about what it is we are posting?

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  5. Wanita says:

    Dear Zach,i know i didnt talk to u that much or anything but u were a cool kid to hang out with. in class you would make jokes and we would all laugh and every one misses you in clas and i want to say is its shocking th2n#&g8i30;..

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