I was thumbing through the latest issue of ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology May Issue. First, I enjoyed reading the point/counterpoint section about whether or not blogging is worth the risk written by Lisa Nielsen from the New York City Dept. of Education and James Maxlow. I found Lisa’s descriptions of why blogging is not worth the risk enlightening – well worth the read, but not enough for me to not continue to blog (but I do appreciate her perspective and why she would write what she did).
I then went on to read the “Bloggers Beat” entitled “Should Your Students Be your Friends?” which you have to be an ISTE member to read. However, here is the quick summary. Diana Fingal first wrote about a Time Magazine article entitled, “Why Facebook Is for Old Fogies” and then went on to write about Doug Johnson’s (not that there is a direct connection between old fogies and Doug Johnson) post of March 11, 2009 entitled, “Don’t confuse social networking with educational networking“. Doug wondered whether or not teachers should “friend” their students and offered his opinion that they should not. I then commented on the post referring to a workshop I attended by Vicki Davis about educational networking and recalled in the early days how teachers were hesitant to eamil their students. To my surprise, the comment from Blue Skunk’s blog ended up on the pages of the L&L magazine. So, just goes to show you that whatever you write on the web can end up in print!
Overall, I have thought a lot about whether or not I should allow students who will soon be entering the online school for which I am the principal to be my “friends” on Facebook or if it is best to just create a Ning where we can all be “friends” in the school. Still reflecting and discussing.