Empowerment is essential for social justice

“Engagement is more about what you can do for students. “Empowerment” is about helping students figure out what they can do for themselves. George Couros The last debate on the issue of teachers being responsible for using social media and technology to promote social justice involved a very engaging discussion. At a glance, I had … Continue reading Empowerment is essential for social justice

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Openness and Sharing – Fair but Unfair

Tonight’s discussion debated on two different aspects of openness and sharing in school being unfair to our kids. Sherrie and Dean argued the benefits of openness and sharing with regards to learning and connecting with others across the world in a meaningful, purposeful way. Melinda and Altan argued the concerns of openness and sharing with … Continue reading Openness and Sharing – Fair but Unfair

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Social media is CHANGING childhood, not ruining it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the debate that occurred today between Dean/Amy and Christina/Laurie on the topic of whether or not social media is ruining childhood. As Christina and Laurie highlighted, our childhoods looked a lot different than what children are experiencing now. However, this doesn’t mean it is bad. The biggest difference is obviously technology. As … Continue reading Social media is CHANGING childhood, not ruining it.

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To Google or not to Google…that is the focus.

Disclaimer: This post was created in collaboration with Jocelyn to summarize the information we collected to defend our position on the debate statement: Schools should NOT focus on teaching things that are easily googled.   We choose to disagree with this statement because we feel that schools SHOULD still teach things even though you can easily … Continue reading To Google or not to Google…that is the focus.

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May the Force Be With You…When You Have Access and the Skills to Use Technology

Tonight’s debate, was once again, was very informative and brought forth some valid points on both sides. However, I must say that I sided more with the disagree side for a couple of different reasons: As stated in the article posted by Jasmine and Victoria, other equity issues still remain such as “special education services, … Continue reading May the Force Be With You…When You Have Access and the Skills to Use Technology

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