Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Week 2

In many of my colleague's blogs and wiki discussion posts, one can see that there is some concern about students' use of technology and the various roles a slms can or should play in that regard.
I feel in most cases teaching information literacy and responsible, ethical and most importantly SAFE use of these technologies will consume our efforts.
With the exception of very low SES students, most students will be as technologically adept as we are, if not more so, due to the incorporation of these technologies in their everyday lives. What students are lacking however, is the ability to take seriously the risks they are apt to take or be tempted by. There are, of course, numerous opportunities and vehicles for what most educators would consider cheating. There are also opportunities for various types of copyright infringement, which as we all learned, could potentially land a slms in a precarious position if he or she is ultimately found to be proliferating such material inadvertently.
Lastly, we must focus an effort to encourage online safety. Even a student who is aware of the risks of publishing "private" information online will likely succumb to the invincibility fallacy, believing that none of the "horror stories" could happen to him or her. And though they likely will not be targeted by a sexual predator or someone of that ilk, what students do not realize is that some of these youthful indiscretions may be available to other unintended targets; parents, potential colleges, and/or potential employers.
Although I do not have the answers as how to best achieve these goals, I am interested in learning through this course especially how leaders in the field suggest we do so, as well as my classmates' views as well.


mpg said...

For more reading on internet privacy, see my post on the subject for an undergrad class-

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