Great video from a new Professional Networking Place: Stop Cyberbullying!

I've been spending some time over at the Stop Cyberbullying Ning Network — I hope you'll join.

Turned up this great video that I am going to use as a discussion starter in class. It is just striking enough to make kids think.

Also, I'm not sure a lot of us (myself included) “get” the social networking thing yet. But remember this, it is about the ratings and discussions.

I really am beginning to believe we should get rid of the term “social” networking because instead we should use the term:

  • Professional networking – When we are networking to learn more and improve our professional careers.
  • Student networking – When we are a student and are networking to learn more.

I really think these two terms are more descriptive than social networking and also, in order to get things unblocked, we need to create additional categories for the filtration folks. If we persist in using the term “social” I believe we will continue to have blocking problems.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Julie Lindsay April 2, 2007 - 3:47 am

Vicki, I agree with you that the term ‘social networking’ has connotations that turns educators away. I prefer to think of it as all part of our ‘Professional Learning Environment’ and have presented at a couple of conferences this year about this. My presentation for ECIS IT last week is online at
If you click on the last toolbox at the end of the page it leads to another page with more details. Yes, I do also include ‘Online social networking tools’ as part of the large picture but aim to keep it all within the PLE camp. As you know, networking in a professional manner has become an important part of what we do as educators and has opened up opportunities and experiences not really possible before we had these tools and this type of connectivity.

Teaching Sagittarian April 2, 2007 - 9:14 am

Wow! what a powerful video. I was just dumbstruck. I can’t wait to show this to my class – you’re right Vicki what an awesome discussion starter.

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