2008 Social Networking Collaboration
From OpenContent Curriculum
This past summer my eleven year old daughter asked if she could get a Bebo site to communicate with her aunt and cousins. She explained that her cousins had a small network of friends that posted pictures, and other information, and that her Aunt Mary (she is one of those cool moms) was part of the network. I gave my approval as long as her site was set to private, and Aunt Mary was part of her network of friends.
I did not check Bebo out myself, I did not check the age requirements. I jumped on the bandwagon of "everyone is doing it". Only one little alarm bell was ringing in my head, and I dismissed it because Aunt Mary was the responsible adult involved.
Turn the clock two months and my daughter is showing me a profile of an eight year old girl who was sitting coyly on a chair wearing short-shorts and trying to look cute. This little girl had a public profile, and had somehow gotten an "in" into their network even though no one in their group actually knew her. Her site was very eight-year-oldish, gave some personal information and was public. She was sending out invites to strangers to try and find more friends.
One more alarm bell, which I dismissed by saying "You'll delete her from your friends list, right?"
Another month went by. My daughter informs me that a nine year old friend of hers has a Bebo too. I ask if her settings are private and if her Mom knows about Bebo. My daughter responds that most of the kids in town have Bebo, or MySpace sites, and that they all just "lie about their age". But I shouldn't worry because they are all just friends and are having fun.
Finally, the alarm goes off. Duhh! What am I doing ignoring this?
KIDS WILL DO SOCIAL NETWORKING. They choose not to involve their parents because, to them, it is all fun!!
Can they learn safety skills, and pass them around to each other?
Can they learn to involve their parents instead of just lying about their age?
Can we create more "Aunt Mary's" who are willing to be involved in what their children are doing, and support safe choices?
My daughter entered into a friendly network of children I knew, with an adult who cared enough to be a part of things.
Could we set up some friendly networks with children of a similar age and involve parents?
If you share these goals as an educator, or a parent, please be a part of this project.
Note to teachers: The original social networking project started in December of 2007 with Project One. Projects Two and Three were implemented January and February of 2008. Projects Four and Five are still in the rough draft phases, and will likely be used in the 2008-2009 school year. Please use all these resources! Work in the wiki. Post in the wiki. Add information to the wiki. Contact me if you need more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Projector for watching videos on YouTube and other video sites.
- Speakers for listening to safety videos. Your computer speakers will not be enough in a classroom setting.
- Firefox: best browser to use for the tools in the project.
- BSSD wiki log-in for posting comments, responses, questions. Use the create account link in the upper right corner. One teacher log-in is fine to start the project. You may decide to let students have their own accounts later.
- Teacher Bebo Site created by each teacher, to allow all collaborating teachers to experience social networking. You can make this a personal site, a family site, or a classroom site.
- Access to YouTube, TeacherTube, Google Video, and Bebo make sure your district does not have these blocked.
- Email accounts for all your students. You may choose which kind of email is acceptable for your students.
- Student computers for individuals, partners, or groups. Computers should have internet access, and sound recording capability.
Note: If a participating district has the video sites blocked, participants can ask BSSD Ed Tech to make alternative movie files available for the districts that can't view them. We would convert to QuckTime if needed, and host them on our server.
--WikiAdmin 15:43, 18 November 2007 (AKST)
Please help by looking over things, and trying them out before you actually teach a step. We can all easily edit the plans on the wiki to make improvements, and add pieces we need.
My students have experience with digital cameras, images, wiki, etc. I will need your help to anticipate YOUR students needs so we can travel at about the same pace through the unit.
Please improve on and add to any of the items in our plans. I've chosen a wiki because we can change it.
Any ideas I put down, can be made way better by us.
I will try to put out the meat and potatoes, and hopefully you all will add the spices, side dishes and desert. Maybe our final product will be something we can use again, or other teachers can use.
Who's out there?
Who am I (on the internet)?
How can I have fun, safely?
Why use social networking?
What can I use social networking for, and how?
When can I use social networking at school, and for what reasons?
Students create and use a Bebo site with an adult family member involved to monitor the site.
Students demonstrate use of internet safety guidelines, copyright guidelines, and formal/informal communication guidelines.
Students use their site to accomplish academic tasks (hopefully beyond technology....portfolios, writing tasks, culture tasks, etc to be decided by the classrooms involved).
Project will start right after Thanksgiving break and run for several weeks.
Use of the social networks we create could extend into further projects depending on student interest.
The current list of prospective schools:
- SHH - Shishmaref
- SMK - St. Michael
- TLA - Teller
- DIO - Diomede
- WBB - Stebbins
- KTS - Brevig Mission
- ANC - Anchorage (Highland Tech)
- GAM - Gambel
The project will start right after Thanksgiving!
Any other interested schools, please contact Ginger Crockett
Alaska State Standards
D: A student should be able to use technology to express ideas and exchange information.
- 1. Convey ideas to a variety of audiences using publishing, multi- media, and communications tools;
- 2. Use communications technology to exchange ideas and information; and
- 3. Use technology to explore new and innovative methods for interaction with others.
E: A student should be able to use technology responsibly and understand its impact on individuals and society.
- 1. Discriminate between responsible and irresponsible uses of technology;
- 2. Respect others' rights of privacy in electronic environments;
- 3. Demonstrate ethical and legal behavior regarding intellectual property, which is the manifestation of an original idea, such as computer software, music, or literature;
- 4. Integrate the use of technology into daily living; and
- 5. Recognize the implications of emerging technologies.
Listed below are the BSSD standards that will be integrated into the project.
The standards in bold are the standards that are the main focus of our project and can be fully completed.
The standards in regular print will be addressed, but would need extra instruction and assessment to be fully completed (for example, with TE 4.7 we will cover electronic communication etiquette, and interacting with electronic communication tools, but we will not be emailing attachments)
TE 3.9 Use technology tools (eg., multimedia authoring, presentation, web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and/or collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activite(s) to create knowledge product for audiences.
TE 4.16 Use technology tools (eg. multimedia authoring, presentation, web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual writing, communication, and desktop publishing to create knowledge product for audiences.
Social Studies Standards
Students in Shishmaref will be incorporating the following Level 5 Social Studies Process Standards:
What is the difference between a fact and opinion
How can I distinguish fact from opinions?
How can I tell the difference between fact and opinions on the Internet?
What is the effect of interaction of the Internet?
What is the effect of sharing personal information on the Internet?
What can happen if I share too much personal information on the Internet?
How many people are involved with social networking sites?
How are advertisers taking advantage of the popularity of social networking sites?
How are predators taking advantage of the popularity of social networking sites?
What laws have been passed involving social networking sites?
What lawsuits have been brought against social networking sites? What were their effects?
Articles to Use With Social Studies Standards
Parents Say Fake Online Friend Led to Suicide Article about a group of ADULTS and kids who created a false identity on MySpace to torment a teenage girl.
Questions to ask:
- What is harassment?
- What should you do if you know about somebody using a fake identity to harass someone?
- How do you respond to someone harassing you online? (Report the user, block the user, etc.)
Lawsuit Against MySpace Music Questions to ask:
- How is music protected by copyright?
- Why is music protected by copyright?
- How can music be shared illegally?
- How can you make sure the music you listen to or the movies you view are legal?
Sex Offenders on MySpace Article about 29,000 Sex offenders with profiles on MySpace, the efforts of MySpace to block them, and potential policies for protecting young people.
Facebook Advertising Policy Facebook's new advertising that tracks purchases made by users. Questions to ask:
- Is this policy an invasion of privacy?
- Do you want your friends to see everything you buy or look at?
- Do you want to be seen as endorsing a product?
- How can you change your advertising preferences?
- What can you do if you don't like a sites advertising policies?
Finnish School Shooting School Shooter poster videos on YouTube About the Planned Attack Questions to Ask:
- Why is this an unsafe use of YouTube?
- Should students be allowed to use YouTube in schools? Why or Why not?
- How can teachers help students learn how to use YouTube safely?
- What are possible rules for using YouTube at school?
Parent Guides and Suggestions
Wired Safety.org Excellent advice on how to help your kids navigate the online world. Includes links to software parents can use to monitor their kids' online activity.
"How to Tune In to Your Wired Teen" Article by CNN
Parenting: Internet Safety BBC Article outlining potential threats to kids and how to manage them.
Teenangels Organization of students and adult volunteers dedicated to teaching safe Internet habits.