Archive for December, 2010

“All of our reasons for not being online are not good reasons.”

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

At a recent teachers’ conference in British Columbia, Steve Dotto of Dotto Tech challenged teachers with a provocative message, “All of our reasons for not being online are not good reasons.”

“Social media is changing our world profoundly,”  said in a key note address at the two-day conference in Vancouver. “Understanding this world is our responsibility and we have to provide some form of leadership.”

True enough. Some teachers fight the trend of social networking out of fear of being too exposed or vulnerable to searches, attacks, or out of concern for revealing too much information to students.

Opinions vary on this issue, but the basic rules of social-media engagement work for teachers including don’t get too comfortable, don’t act in anger, remember your values and do the right thing.

One Dean’s suggestion to me early in my online career was one I took to heart, “If you wouldn’t want your words showing up on the front page of a newspaper, then don’t write them.”