Over the weekend one of my friends uploaded this photo onto Facebook. It's a picture of my friends and I on a Year 10 trip into Auckland City. I wonder if you can find me in the picture.
The students in this picture were a little bit older than you are now but not one of us owned a cellphone. They were too expensive for students to own back then.
We also didn't have computers at home and the school computers didn't connect to the internet. I was the first person in my class to get an internet connection but that wasn't until I was in Year 13!
Now the internet is common place and people use it to help their learning. But there are problems. Because most adults didn't grow up using the internet, our society hasn't developed many manners about what to say and do online.
So I have some questions for you to think, pair and share about. One person in your group needs to act as the recorder for each question which you will post as a comment when you are finished.
- What are some advantages to being able to use the internet to find and post information?
- Is all information available on the internet reliable? Should it be?
- What are some disadvantages to growing up in a world where teachers, students, parents and anyone can post anything about anyone at any time?
- What might people need to think about before you hit 'publish' on a comment, post or upload a photo or video?
- Can things people write or say online make a difference offline? How so?
Your comments will help our class develop a set of guidelines to help student bloggers make quality posts here in Room 15. Your answers will also be helping me when I go to a meeting on Thursday where I am helping to make online rules for teachers.