Journalist visit

I’ve been contacted by a journalist from the Times Education Supplement Scotland (TESS)

She made contact as TESS are going to be doing an article on such sites as Ratemyteacher; bebo; etc websites and what education authorities are doing in response.

I tried to explain the rationale behind our aproach to Exc-el but made it clear that we wish to educate children about appropriate use of web technologies as opposed to outright banning.

I also gave an outline about our approach towards blogs/learning logs and how they are contributing to the education process.

I’ve agreed to meet the journalist today (hopefully with some colleagues) in my office at 5.00pm. If you have any comments about how Exc-el is contributing to education in East Lothian (or further afield) then now’s your chance.

My only worry is that the article might focus on Ratemyteacher and miss the bigger point regarding our philosophy and practice.

3 thoughts on “Journalist visit

  1. My one experience of the interface between journalism and education was, to say the least, disappointing. A journalist from an nameless paper contacted me as a prelude to organising school visits through our press office. In the end, s/he chose to visit a local authority much nearer home and simply paraphrased what I said – although much of it was given the appearance of direct quotes. This was lazy journalism which, I felt, cast me in a bad light.

    On a more positive note (about our own scene), I’d say that the opportunity to post midi files, extra parts and general info for parents has been invaluable. So too has the ability to read and converse with colleagues I normally would not see. It’s all about the big picture, really. I no longer feel that I hear about new developments by accident. Friends (who are not in education)have looked in on my contribution out of interest and mentioned later looking at other areas of the site with interest.

  2. One of the things that I did at Musselburgh last week was run an assembly on social networking sites. During the assembly I emphasised the responsible use element of sites like bebo and myspace. I emphasised to students that as part of the Musselburgh Grammar School bebo community they were in fact part of Musselburgh Grammar Schools ‘digital home’. We have over 700 school pupils who are part of the on-line community. We talked about the importance of behaving responsibility on-line as well as off-line. I also talked about search engines and how the ‘deep web’ (where most of the comments on bebo, rate my teachers etc…exist) is become more and more searchable. This led nicely on to the subject of jobs and recruitment and how some employers now ‘goggle’ their employers before calling them for an interview. Students seemed un-aware that nothing can actually really be deleted from the internet and that conversations that they might have on-line which contain inappropriate content may eventually appear in a google search.

    In summary. We are trying to emphasis the responsible use of social software rather then suggest that it should not be used. Hope this helps, with your discussion?

  3. I have benefited in many ways from the online community being built within ELC. The ability to interact in new and innovative ways with colleagues within ELC has made me feel more involved and informed than at any other time in my 20yrs with ELC.
    All that the majority of staff ask of a large organisation is that they are kept informed. With social media not only is it easy to stay informed its possible to play an active role in its evolution.
    As for the negative aspects people act irresponsibly all the time. Every time a car driver does something stupid no one calls for cars to be banned. Its all about education and thats the game we are in.

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