Policies 2.0: Rules for the Social Web

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This presentation is posted with permission by Doug Johnson who created it. It was presented on March 21st as part of the EdTechConnect series of webinars the Discovery Educator Network (DEN). For more information about Doug Johnson, visit doug-johnson.com. For more information about the DEN, visit DiscoveryEducatorNetwork.com

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Policies 2.0: Rules for the Social Web

  1. 1. Policies 2.0: Rules for the Social Web Discovery Educator Network March 21, 2007 Doug Johnson [email_address]
  2. 2. … a little about the presenter
  3. 3. Startling new finding <ul><li>Scot - 10 ft down -copper - telecommunications 100 years ago! </li></ul><ul><li>Brit - 20 ft down - copper - telecommunications 200 years ago! </li></ul><ul><li>Uncle Ole - 30 ft down - no copper… </li></ul><ul><li>wireless communications in Minnesota 300 years ago! </li></ul>
  4. 4. What do adults think of when they think of social networking?
  5. 5. This?
  6. 6. Dateline <ul><li>Spring 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Parents wake up </li></ul><ul><li>DOPA </li></ul>Predators & cyberbullies: Reality check www.blogsafety.com/ March 16, 2007 McCollam, The Shame Game Columbia Journalism Review , Jan/Feb 2007 www.cjr.org/issues/2007/1/McCollam.asp
  7. 7. On the agenda… <ul><li>What is “the social web?” </li></ul><ul><li>How do Web 2.0 safe and ethical use issues differ from those of Web 1.0? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make kids safe? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a place for the social web in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>How are good decisions made about filtering and policy - and by whom? </li></ul>X
  8. 8. What is Web 2.0? <ul><li>Read only -> Read and write </li></ul><ul><li>Horizon Report, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Manifestations include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking sites (MySpace, Facebook) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs and RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content sharing (FlickR, YouTube, del.icio.ius </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3D worlds </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. MySpace
  10. 10. Blogs
  11. 11. RSS Aggregators
  12. 12. Wikis
  13. 13. Content sharing - FlickR - YouTube - del.icio.us
  14. 14. 3D Virtual Environments
  15. 15. On the agenda… <ul><li>What is “the social web?” </li></ul><ul><li>How do Web 2.0 safe and ethical use issues differ from those of Web 1.0? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make kids safe? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a place for the social web in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>How are good decisions made about filtering and policy - and by whom? </li></ul>X
  16. 16. Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 safety issues <ul><li>Protecting children from predators </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting children from each other (cyberbullying) Protecting teachers from students??? </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting children from themselves (making inappropriate and personal information public) </li></ul>
  17. 17. …old fears
  18. 18. … from predators
  19. 19. …from each other www.cyberbully.org
  20. 20. …from themselves
  21. 21. …from themselves
  22. 22. It’s never really gone
  23. 23. That darned free speech thing
  24. 24. Common sense
  25. 25. The danger to kids in Web 2.0 comes not from what they may find online, but from what they themselves put online for others to access.
  26. 26. On the agenda… <ul><li>What is “the social web?” </li></ul><ul><li>How do Web 2.0 safe and ethical use issues differ from those of Web 1.0? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make kids safe? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a place for the social web in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>How are good decisions made about filtering and policy - and by whom? </li></ul>X
  27. 27. Let’s just block it all! <ul><li>DOPA, 2006 - passed the House with 96% in favor - requirement to filter out all interactive websites </li></ul><ul><li>Today - DOPA Jr. </li></ul>
  28. 28. This unnecessary and overly broad legislation will hinder students’ ability to engage in distance learning and block library computer users from accessing a wide array of essential Internet applications including instant messaging, email, wikis and blogs. - Leslie Burger, ALA President, 2006
  29. 29. Blocking formats not content. For every problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. H.L. Menken
  30. 30. Why filtering is ineffective <ul><li>Best filters not 100% </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t filter what goes out </li></ul><ul><li>Access from outside school </li></ul><ul><li>Proxies </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices </li></ul>
  31. 31. SchoolBoredom.com
  32. 32. Education is imperative <ul><li>Dangers are real </li></ul><ul><li>Schools must be proactive </li></ul><ul><li>Schools must reach out </li></ul><ul><li>Good resources on the web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NetSmartz (movies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iLearn </li></ul></ul>
  33. 33. Tracking Teresa
  34. 35. On the agenda… <ul><li>What is “the social web?” </li></ul><ul><li>How do Web 2.0 safe and ethical use issues differ from those of Web 1.0? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make kids safe? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a place for the social web in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>How are good decisions made about filtering and policy - and by whom? </li></ul>X
  35. 36. Education can be enhanced with the social web resources <ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Game environments </li></ul>
  36. 37. Classroom blogs <areallydifferentplace.org>
  37. 38. School library blog
  38. 39. Youth services in MySpace
  39. 40. Virtual lit worlds
  40. 41. Wiki textbooks
  41. 42. Full participation? <ul><li>The school system’s inability to close this participation gap has negative consequences for everyone involved. - Henry Jenkins, Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture </li></ul>
  42. 43. On the agenda… <ul><li>What is “the social web?” </li></ul><ul><li>How do Web 2.0 safe and ethical use issues differ from those of Web 1.0? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make kids safe? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a place for the social web in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>How are good decisions made about filtering and policy - and by whom? </li></ul>X
  43. 44. Making good decisions <ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Current AUPs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ high-quality,” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ inapropriate,” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ reasonable” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open to interpretation? </li></ul>
  44. 45. District Advisory Committee <ul><li>Small </li></ul><ul><li>Wide representation </li></ul><ul><li>Few, but important, meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Good agendas and minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Defined responsibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul>
  45. 46. Due process for blocking <ul><li>Block the minimum required by CIPA </li></ul><ul><li>Require that any request for blocking as site goes through reconsideration process </li></ul><ul><li>Unblock any site at professional request </li></ul><ul><li>Keep one unblocked computer in each library </li></ul><ul><li>Make educators, not techs, responsible for safe and appropriate use </li></ul>
  46. 47. On the agenda… <ul><li>What is “the social web?” </li></ul><ul><li>How do Web 2.0 safe and ethical use issues differ from those of Web 1.0? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we make kids safe? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a place for the social web in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>How are good decisions made about filtering and policy - and by whom? </li></ul>
  47. 48. <ul><ul><ul><li>… it is not the tools that are inherently good or evil but rather the use of the tools. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A hammer can kill someone but it can also build a house. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A nail can be driven through a hand but it can also hold the roof over your head. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A fist can hit but a fist can also be clasped in your hand in love. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We do not outlaw hammers, nails, or fists -- we teach people to use them properly. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>So should we do with blogs, wikis, podcasts, Skype, and any other tool that becomes available for use in the human experience! -Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Blog </li></ul></ul></ul>
  48. 49. Questions? <ul><li>Link to URLs in the Blue Skunk Blog search on “Policies 2.0” or go to March 19, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Article in Threshold Magazine this summer </li></ul><ul><li>http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/ </li></ul>

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