The good side to Myspace

My wife sent me this article last week (found it in her RSS feed 🙂 ) Mourning on MySpace – Via CNN People often say that being a ‘geek’ and being on the computer all the time must be a lonely life, but with the new interactive nature of the web, it’s the exact opposite. MySpace avoids deleting the deceased’s profiles unless asked by familymembers, which means the profiles-turned-memorials can stay active foryears. Other social-networking and blogging sites, such as Xanga andLiveJournal, also host memorials tied to deceased users’ pages. This article is a good one to share with students to show them the power of these connections you form on the Internet can be real and that “Pages live forever” I’ve been trying to drive this concept home to my students. That the stuff they publish, even the stuff they forget about is still alive and well on the web. If their not going to listen to me, maybe they’ll listen to an article like this. It brings a whole new meaning to “What will people remember about me when I’m gone?” when your profile, articles, pictures, music, and videos are still alive and living in cyber-space. A good reminder to all of us that our digital profile will out live us. [tags]myspace, Web2.0[/tags] Technorati Tags: myspace, jeffutecht,...

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Growing Up Digital Presentation

A presentation to Middle School parents around technology and their children. Helping parents understand that today’s students are different. Their brains process information differently and the digital world they live in is different then the world we grew up in. Shift happens, and learning to deal with the changes facing our world and how to help your child be successful in it is something educators, parents, and the larger community need to work together on in harmony. Links for this presentation: Before viewing and listening to this portion of the presentation please visit The Fisch Bowl and download and watch Did You Know Books: The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded]: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future Sites: www.myspace.com www.gliffy.com The audio is attached. It’s a 1 hour presentation and discussion with parents. You can download the Power Point Growing up Digital here. [tags]presentation, education, myspace, Internet safety, digital age, millennials[/tags] Technorati Tags: Jeff Utecht, Presentation, Education, myspace, internet safety, digital age, millennials, millennial...

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Help me to understand

OK so this may sound really stupid to a lot of you but…. What is the difference between us telling a student to use a fake name on their blog or on the web and a 13 year old pretending to be 18 on myspace? We teach them to be safe on the web, to hide their identity to basically ‘lie’ about who they are. But, when they do it on myspace we say how horrible that is that they pretend to be someone else. We then go so far as professionals to put our Biases and Disclosure notices to show how honest we are. Now pretend you’re 13….is this confusing? [tags]myspace, biases, disclosure, web safety[/tags] Technorati Tags: myspace, biases, disclosure, web...

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Looking into the eyes of our students

Friday was a half day at school. A little extended weekend for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Our High School took part in a couple different sessions. One of those sessions was by me giving a talk on “The Flat World”. I would have titled it “Your World” but the title doesn’t really matter. I had 20 minutes with every 9-12th grader at our school I started by saying, “You are very fortunate. You get to grow up in an amazing time in history.” I then played Karl Fisch’s Did You Know presentation with the follow slides added. There are 57 Million Blogs 100,000 new blogs created daily 1.3 million blog articles created daily That’s 54,000 articles being published every hour. Who’s verifying this information? Who’s telling the truth? Last year more students in China took the SAT in English than did so in the United States. The information comes from the latest report of the blogosphere from Technorati and from this update from Karl Fisch. After the PowerPoint was over we had a discussion about what all this information means. One student shouted “Shift Happens” the rest of the students laughed and I said “Exactly!” Another student spoke up and said “Everything we’re learning now doesn’t matter.” To which I said, “I know all your teachers standing around here are going to hate me, but you are absolutely right.” I then talked to them about the skills they need to learn while in high school starting with learning how to learn. We then talked about their generation. I asked the students “What’s the name of your generation?” a student spoke up and said “Millennials.” I then talked about the book Millennials Rising, and how in 1997 abcnews.com ran a poll on their website where this generation got to choose what to be called. They were proud of it, laughed, and thought it was cool. I asked them how many of them had a myspace.com account. To which over half raised their hands. I asked how many of them had a cell phone and a mp3 player. Every single student raised their hand. I asked how many had their own computer. All but a handful raised their hand, but when I asked who had access to the Internet in their house? Again it was 100%. I asked these questions for one reason and one reason only. I wanted the 20+ teachers...

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