Miguel Guhlin had a fabulous podcast with the founders of TeacherTube (which is one of my favorite websites ever!) . Very interesting, but the best part was when Jason Smith answered the age old question about inappropriate comments and material on the Internet.
Miguel asked about students making inappropriate comments in Moodle and viewing inappropriate content on the Internet. Jason’s comment, you’re going to love this – makes sooo much sense:
“We can’t control what’s in the real world. We can only prepare our students for it. As for students being exposed to inappropriate comments on the web or on a website, a teacher can’t control that anymore than he/she can control what a student will say in the middle of class. He/she doesn’t have control over the words that will come out of the students mouth. What we need to do is have the same consequences in the virtual as we do in the real world.”
Jason is the superintendent of a small district in Texas, but wow, imagine a superintendent with such technology vision and understanding! I have been searching for a
comeback situational example to answer that question since I’ve been in my current position. Makes perfect sense. Wish I had thought of it!
You need to take a few minutes and listen to the podcast. Very down to Earth, regular people. What I found interesting is that this podcast was the first podcast that Jodie and Jason had done.
Way to go Miguel! Great podcast!
Until next time ~ Danita