I’m fighting the need to say something important and witty versus actual reflection on my latest experiences. I know I have to stay true to myself or risk being inauthentic but I have had traffic to my blog and I hate to lose it. Is this a deep-seeded yearning to be a popular girl, unlike the rest of my experience in life on the social fringes, or something else. I’m hoping on something else, something more like the joy of interesting conversation and genuine connection with my fellow human being. Ah the risks of looking at your stats!
I’ve been caught up in my regular life and blogging took a back seat to a trip to Winnipeg to visit my in-laws (hi mom) and doing my other homework for university. The most interesting part of which is trying to understand the legal ramifications of doing online work with students. I have been surprised by COPA (Child Online Protection Act) and DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act). I think that’s the appropriate abbreviations. Can you tell I don’t live in the USA!? I hadn’t heard of these interesting pieces of legislation. It’s much easier to find out about the legal work happening in the USA. I don’t know anything, as yet, about the situation legally at home. Curious. Do we have legislation about children and the internet? I’ll let you know or better yet, you can let me know!
In addition, I’m helping my husband set up blogs for two of his classrooms. I’ve learned a few new things . WordPress let’s you have any number of blogs linked to the same email address. I am very pleased with this discovery as it allows each of my husband’s classes their own homes. I’m pleased with the ease of setting up shop in the new frontier of web 2.0. I can’t wait to get the students started.
We have administrative approval and are working on the parental permission and other administrative details to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s”. I guess we have been careful in our first venture but I thought it wise to be cautious and hopefully successful rather than implusive and disasterous.
I’m still working out what is an appropriate level of risk versus participation in these new venues. I ran across a wonderful analogy between teaching children to swim and teaching children to navigate the internet. After all we don’t just ban chilren from the water and never go swimming, we teach them to swim, first in protected waters under supervision and then in deeper pools and slowly we release them to their own reconnaisance as they prove that they have established their skills. So too with the internet, I’m just wondering what ‘protected and supervised’ should look like.
Argh, this post is linkless. Poor form but it’s late enough for today, perhaps I can link it up tomorrow!