Friday, January 4, 2008

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The internet is such an excellent way to research and share materials, explore uncharted territories and socialize with folks from around the globe. The benefits of having a worldwide library of information available at your fingertips are far reaching. While we shouldn't fear the use of technology we should remain mindful of the ramifications of the freedom of information. Take a moment to look at this video below:

Once it is on the net, it is accessible forever. Think carefully about what you post and who may be checking you out - Colleagues? Parents? Or even your students? Take a few moments to check out your MySpace page (if you have one), personal blogs and websites or Google yourself and see what pops up. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words - what does the internet say about you?

Believing is just the beginning...


dee-squared said...

thanks for that gentle reminder.


Miss Young said...

Definately makes you think twice!

T-Cubed said...


Your point is well made. Fortunately, I must have had a pretty boring life, as the net shows next to nothing under my name (a family tree):} However, I often worry that my oldest daughter might suffer the same fate as the girl in the info-video. She says she uses common sense when she posts, but I have found that what defines common sense shifts over time.

On the other hand, if you have seen my truck, you know that I have some opinions about the world, and I do feel a need to express them. It is kind of scary to think that a parent or colleague might pass judgement on me as a person based on a sticker. I guess that I need some guidance with defining the line that should not be crossed. Are we allowed to attach our names to anything that states an opinion about politics, religion, war...Thirty years ago, teachers were the focal point of speaking out about perceived "wrongs" in the world. Today, it seems as though we have to say nothing so that we do not offend anyone.

I'd love to hear from others about this curious predicament.


T-Cubed said...

Oops, I lied! After further searching using a more defined set of parameters, "Tom Ruark"+math, I found our awesome website :} In the words of Steve Martin, "I am somebody!" (from the movie, The Jerk)


Anonymous said...

I think we should look into educating our fifth graders about all of the dangers out there on the web. I love the fact that they are learning how to use the internet - I just think they also need to know when NOT to use the internet.