How Permissive Are You?

I’ve placed various “technologies” teachers might use into three groups. The dark blue set are completely closed to the web or are read only web technologies. The medium blue can be closed, partly open or fully open, depending on teacher and parental preferences; but for the sake of this post, assume that they are partly open and that is an adult is screening incoming information, membership and so on. The light blue set are completely open. (I realize we can restrict blogging and micro-blogging using private networks created in such platforms as Edmodo, but, this defeats their purpose so let’s also assume that these are open and unrestricted.)

I am interested in knowing where people think students in various grades can work independently, with the teacher as an instructor or collaborator, but not as a security supervisor. I’m also interested in seeing how Webspiration works as a collaboration tool.

I’d really appreciate your contributions. I’ve started with four badges for Grades 6 to 9–the four grades in my middle school–that you can copy and paste onto the appropriate technologies. Feel free to copy and edit the badges to add different grades, too. You can add notes, more “technologies”, delete things you don’t think belong. If you want to add your two-bits worth, send me your email at SITS and I’ll make you an editor.



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    Graeme January 11, 2009

    Feel free to add me as an editor, thoughts are:By security, I am also going to include policing off-task behaviour.I believe that up to and including Grade 8 the teacher/parent needs to monitor most students even at the dark blue areas; grade 9 in some schools, depending on the culture. It’s too tempting for some to stray to either inappropriate content, or waste an entire class finding images for their background.In terms of “using effectively” (independent work that is productive) I would peg the 6’s on the dark blues and the 7’s on email (and all dark blues). 8’s can use everything in the medium blues except IM and Wiki’s (I’m including researching from Wiki’s as a dark blue), and the 9’s can do everything except Twitter – I believe that Twitter requires a deeper understanding of the web, and a large network of people, to be an effective learning tool, so very in-touch Gr 9’s, and higher high school students, may find it useful.The total caveat is that beyond the dark blues, the class must be set up to utilize these technologies, and large amounts of teaching time (call it 10 hours for the medium blues, 15-20 for the light) is required to show the students how to use these.

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    Graeme January 11, 2009

    An addition (is there really no edit feature?…)If we are just talking about safety, and what we as educators feel that our students can handle, I would suggest that younger children can show better internet sense than older. Younger children explore less, follow instructions better, and aren’t able to hide misbehaviours :)Therefore, while they may not be able to USE the tools, I think that Gr 3-6 can stay safe on every square. After Gr 6 (ish) it’s every child for themselves – they have too many external influences (siblings, friends with siblings, television, an exploration attitude, etc) to have free unrestricted access to anything. Once they hit Gr 11/12 (or, in some schools, 9/10) they should know proper internet usage, and are able to safely use the tools (or they are privately using social networking to such an extent that it really doesn’t matter how they behave at school).

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    More Thoughts on Permissions - A Stick in the Sand January 13, 2009

    […] One of my colleagues at IPS, math teacher, Graeme Campbell, made some revisions to the permissions diagram. I like the distinction he makes between the how students at various grade levels might “effectively use” and “safely use” the web. You can read his explanation in the comments on my “How Permissive Are You?” post. […]

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