Ban It and They Will Explore …

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Scanning through the Dec./Jan. issue of ISTE‘s  Learning and Leading with Technology I ran across the Point/Counterpoint piece that asks, “Do Social Networking Applications Have a Place in the Classroom?” In the counterpoint, Chuck Favata concludes that we should

teach students to be safe – keep them out of the social networking sites.

Does anybody else see the irony in this statement? Especially considering that ISTE’s technology standards for students state that

2. Social, ethical, and human issues

  • Students understand the ethical, cultural, and societal issues related to technology.
  • Students practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and software.
  • Students develop positive attitudes toward technology uses that support lifelong learning, collaboration, personal pursuits, and productivity. [emphasis added]

Needless to add, the technology standards for teachers include:

VI. SOCIAL, ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND HUMAN ISSUES.
Teachers understand the social,ethical,legal,and human issues surrounding the use of technology in PK-12 schools and apply those principles in practice. [emphasis added] Teachers:

A. model and teach legal and ethical practice related to technology use.

D. promote safe and healthy use of technology resources.

Why not just say “Teach students to be safe”? Had to comment on this one …

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