Saskatchewan journal and Traprain Law

I was alerted to the Saskatchewan School Library Association’s journal The Medium  which has some interesting articles on Digital Citizenship, Inquiry Learning and The 21st century teacher librarian. This journal is only available to the public for a limited period but it is still a generous gesture by the SSLA. I was very interested in the article about digital citizenship and show we might teach our students to use the web and particularly aspects of Web 2.0 ethically and responsibly. It also raised the question of whether educational authorities’ and schools’ policies of blocking access is a sensible way of encouraging students to be ethical. I suspect that many students see the blocking of websites as more of a challenge than a lesson. On the other hand, schools know that there are some very narrow minded people out there who would immediately challenge a school’s right to give students access to Web 2.0 tools. Ethical use of information – in whatever form – is something that students need to be taught – but try finding out in your school who might be responsible for this and you’re likely to get some very evasive answers.

This weekend my wife and some other local runners are running the Traprain Law Race  The Law (Scots for hill) mainly famous for being the site where a hoard of Roman silverware was found. The silver is likely to have been stolen in the 1st century AD by the Votadini tribe who dominated the south of Scotland in this period and Traprain Law is thought to be their capital. It’s also a very nice walk and on a clear day you have  360 degree views across the countryside and out to the sea. While the Votadini did not have Web 2.0, it’s pretty certain that there would have been some kind of censorship which prevented the more curious from getting information.

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2 Responses to “Saskatchewan journal and Traprain Law”

  1. Donna DesRoches Says:

    Thank you very much for your comments about out new endeavour, placing The Medium online.

    Yes, digital citizenship must be taught and I believe that while this is a role of every teacher, teacher-librarians who are on the cutting edge of how new technologies can help students find, share and use information can also help teachers and students be aware of the potential harm they bring.

  2. Cathy Says:

    You know its a small world when an Australian student (originally from Nth Sask) reads about The Medium for the first time from an educator in Scotland.
    I am starting to appreciate the education system I grew up in as a progressive one as I stumble over Sask D. of Ed again and again in the course of my studies.

    I was especially impressed with the acceptable user agreement examined in one of the articles — it expects parents to be responsible for becoming part of the information literate school community, something that is sorely lacking I think. Especially with all the misinformation generated by the media.

    I was equally impressed with the ppt presentation on inquiry learning — so many concrete examples of ways to apply it in classrooms. This is just what I need – it is hard to convince teachers to try new things without concrete examples of how it might work, they often don’t have/want to take the time to ‘dabble’ around with an idea.

    I see that they have the winter edition online as well so am hoping to dip in to this excellent resource each term.

    Thanks for posting it up James.

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