I shutter to think about what we teachers have considered insurmountable problems in the past…copyright, plaigarism, chalk dust on our backsides! Teacher Vicki Davis has definitely trumped all of those deadly dreads with her article, “Spies Like Us.” As she details for us the James Bond-like, pocket-sized electronics that more and more students don’t leave home without, I am motivated to start a list of possible defenses. [Vicki does reveal her defense, but I won't spoil that for you!]
Once considered a relatively innocent form of communication between individuals, cell phones are fast becoming mobile recording studios with our students at the controls. Vicki says “It will send chills up your spine as they [students] admit their willingness to engage in clandetine behavior” if they feel threatened or justified in doing so. Apparently, recording others without permission –and even worse, editing original recordings– is fast becoming a favorite pastime of our students.
Proactivity, of course, is the best counter to inappropriate behavior, but as Vicki says, schools today have new hours–24×7! So proactivity on the part of teachers and administrators will be a challenge at best. “I believe that the wise teachers and administrators are going to get in front of this issue,” suggests Vicki. However, as she shares, because students are primarily self-taught when it comes to technology, they focus on the HOW rather than the SHOULD.
Much food for thought. This informative article is a MUST READ for administrators and teachers BEFORE classes begin in the fall. Check it out and find out what Vicki does on a daily basis to counter this 21st century threat. …And while you’re at it, check out her blog. Among other interesting reads, you’ll enjoy her article “8 Reasons Bloggers Hide Their Blog: A Call for You to Share a Link to Your Blog.”