This weeks topic for our classes ed. tech debate focus on the statement, “Openness and sharing is bad for our kids”. For this debate, Ashley took the pro side while Dryden represented the con side. Each presenter provided a valid argument with interesting points that make you consider both arguments. Often times in these debates, there is a place that exists where both sides of the debate come together to form a middle ground. For myself, this is exceptionally prevalent in this debate.
Pro Side: During Ashley’s debate she raised the following points:
- Student consent is not always considered; in that, the student is not always asked about what is being posted, rather it may be the parent or guardian making that decision.
- Digital footprints are not always being created by the student.
- An article Ashley shared speaks to how student work is published online; for example, by using digital portfolios. The article discusses how students aren’t always given choice in regards to if their work is shared privately or in a public domain.
Puts students in the spotlight.
- Students may be embarrassed by photos or work being shared online.
- Some students and their parents/guardians prefer to be selective about their digital footprint and what is shared online and that should be respected. This topic is also brought up in an article Ashley shared about student photos and if they should be shared in online spaces.
Con Side: Dryden then shared the following points:
- Through technology, students are better able to share the knowledge they have learned by sharing online.
- Documented learning is becoming more and more present in today’s educational system. This article explores how documenting learning benefits students and educators because it provides students with opportunities to have learners share their learning journey with not only the school community but also their families.
- Be open with parents, let them decide what they are comfortable with in terms of what is being shared in an online space.
- Dryden shared an article that speaks to building trust and fostering an environment that is open to ideas, perspectives, and listening in the classroom. I think these concepts can be brought into this conversation surrounding technology and how it is used in the classroom as students and their parents/guardians will have varying perspectives and beliefs.
- Documenting students growth and learning online provides parents and guardians to explore what their child in learning through different means such as blogs.
- Provides students with the opportunity to access notes or examples from home.
- Encourages interaction and communication between home and school.
Overall, both Ashley and Dryden did a great job sharing their knowledge with the class and provided a stimulating debate in regards to openness and sharing with technology.