Check out this 'Book Snap' from @JCasaTodd book 'Social Leadi'
I also checked out the two websites ( educationaltechnology.ca/2804 and katiahildebrandt.ca/in-online-spaces-silence-speaks-as-loudly-as-words/) provided for this week's blog entry. Both are written by @kbhildebrandt and both make the point that we are privileged to have the experience of #edtech and the use of social media. She challenges educators to take a stand and be active with social justice on social media.
One of her questions posed was ...
Is there a need to move beyond personal responsibility models of digital citizenship?
I would agree with her, but one also needs to feel comfortable with this medium and also make sure they are making posts based on their own research and understanding. I also worry sometimes that some of the people that post might not been as genuine as they seem. I know personally, I try to share what I'm doing in my class, become a better and more informed teacher, be true to my beliefs, promoting the bringing together of all people, and celebrating successes of all. I try to model and support initiatives that go beyond the safety aspect of using social media and more to promoting understanding of issues, thing we can do, and being kind. Great question that really challenges my thinking and one I will continue to reflect on.
Lot's of great food for thought from the amazing ECI831 crew ....
Brad - northernboardem.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/social-activism-and-education/
I thought Brad's point - "Not that I want to start an online debate here, but I think #slacktivism isn’t all bad. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see more people (myself included), making positive lifestyle changes based on the values of global citizenship. However, the spreading of awareness on social media necessitates people hitting the like button. " was a fair point. Sometimes all you might have the time to afford / invest is a like - you are at least acknowledging the issue even if you can't offer the activism it may need.
Danial - danieldion1.wordpress.com/2019/11/24/being-an-educator-in-the-world-of-social-media-activism-difficult/
I thought Danial's point - "I cannot, in my own good conscience be a social justice warrior online or in my classroom without first guiding my students towards habits of healthy information processing." was something I feel myself thinking too. I feel you really need to process information before you post something ... shouldn't be bullied, guilted, or pressured to post or like something you haven't processed.
Curtis - curtisbourassa.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/social-activism-what-do-you-have-to-risk/comment-page-1/#comment-133
Many people in our class looked at Curtis' blog post. It really put things into perspective well. His last couple of points, 'However we as educators have the opportunity to teach students about social media by teaching them to become participatory, and social justice citizens. And it just so happens that social media provides the avenue to make these issues relevant to our students. ' helped me see the responsibility I have as an educator to help make this happen. Honestly, I do not see this to be much of a priority at least at the school I teach. But when you really think about this our students are really thrown into an ocean of opinions and opportunities that have real life implications ... should we as educators tap into that and help students develop their own compass and chart their own course of action
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.