Sites that caught my eye today! 04/15/2008

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

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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Chris Craft April 15, 2008 - 9:57 am

Kids trading nude pics via cell phone is a “cool site of the day”?

I might question using that particular descriptor for your automated links when they post.

Nothing cool there. Good story, sure, but “cool”?

Vicki A. Davis April 15, 2008 - 12:06 pm

Yes, Chris, that perhaps needs to be changed. I’ll change it manually on this one — look for a title change tomorrow. Thank you for being a friend and pointing that out! ;-)

zephoria April 16, 2008 - 1:12 am

Oh, how I hate Fox News. Yes, there are teens (and adults) who trade nude photos on mobile phones, just as there were some who did it on regular cameras, via computers, and before that Polaroids. That said, this is not universal practice. The difference now is that kids carry these with them and it makes it much easier for them to be shown off and shared (and caught). Same practice, new medium. What we should be asking ourselves is how to teach our kids how to handle issues of body image, performance of sexuality, and the pressure to be validated through sexual acts.

For an entirely different perspective on rebellious acts of youth dating using mobile phones, check out this article on Palestinian youth.

Chuck L. Miller April 16, 2008 - 12:28 am

It’s a travesty, really. Teens and even pre-teens are exposed to SO MUCH more than they should be today and most of the fault lies with technology.

It’s a great tool to have, but at what expense?

Vicki A. Davis April 16, 2008 - 1:17 am

@chuck — Any tool may be used for good or bad. IT is the behavior that is the issue — tools are morally neutral, it is the people behind them that determine what the use will be.

zephoria — As teachers, we have to be ready to respond to this. I truly believe that our efforts to create the grassroots organization Advocates for Digital Citizenship, Safety, and Success to talk about these sorts of things and balance them is so important.

We’re working to create information, handouts, etc. to take the message from the online world to the offline world.

I believe that if we do not, we are going to be dictated some more irrelevant, unworkable educational programs for digital citizenship that just don’t work.

You really opened my eyes on the Wow2 show recently about cell phones and I’ve been directing more class time on including that in our ethical discussions in class.

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