This weeks debate topic was, “openness and sharing is unfair to our kids.” On the pro side is Ashley Osachoff and on the con side is Dryden Clark. During the prevote I voted for disagree, I never really thought about how openness could be so bad for students.
So during the prevote Ashley had 11.1% of the class on her side… ouch! Throughout the debate Ashley made some very good points that I didn’t think of. She changed the mind of some of my classmates, including mine. The post vote resulted in a 50/50 split!! Way to go debaters!!!
This picture above is from Ashley’s debate video that she created. There are a lot of eye opening points throughout this video. I never really realized that students themselves never get asked for their consent. I remember being a student and if the class was watching a movie that needed parental guidance, there would be a note going home to get my parent’s permission so I can watch the movie. But never was I asked if I myself wanted to watch the movie. It was always “ask your parents” not “is this okay with you”. For me personally, I was always okay with whatever had to be done, but I am sure there were students that didn’t want to participate in something but they didn’t have a say in it. Sure, a child could stand up and say they don’t want to participate but when we are continuously having to get our parent’s permission, it takes away the thought of us having a say as well.
In Kerry Gallagher‘s article, Teens speak: Should students publish their school work online?, there are great reasons as to why student’s work shouldn’t be so open for everyone to see. Gallagher’s reasons are under two main points: Keeping work private & Publishing for the world to see. I don’t know about everyone else but when I post my work online, I take pride in it. For the most part, I put a lot of time and effort into my assignments that will be posted online. With technology being so handy now a days, it isn’t hard for people to just copy and paste someone else’s work. Posting assignments gives people more chances to plagiarize and then a student’s hard work is no longer their own. Educators also need to think of who can access these assignments. A stranger can figure out a students name, age, gender, location, etc. This can lead to something very scary and unsafe. Technology makes it so easy to access almost anything and everything. To prevent danger in our students lives, it would be best to leave them off social media.
The photo above is from Dryden’s debate video and it states some benefits from sharing a student’s work online. In a way, students gain confidence when they see their work posted online. When a student’s work gets posted online, it is like the student is getting the teacher’s validation of their work. When I was in school the teachers wouldn’t post our work online but they would share a students work in front of the class. It would make students feel good, but I am sure if there was student where their work never got shared, they wouldn’t feel as good. Sharing assignments online also gives the parents of the students a chance to see what they are doing in school. If parents have access to their child’s work they will have a part of their child’s schooling. It will give a chance for their parents to help their child with homework when they have access to their notes, examples, assignments, etc.
Brian Gatens connects openness and trust in his article, Openness Yields Trust in the Classroom. Openness and trust are important components within a classroom. Openness invites the opportunity to strengthen relationships with students, teachers, and parents. To strengthen relationships you need the sense of trust. Trust in a classroom is a necessary gateway for learning development. Trust creates a safe and knowledgable environment for the students, teachers, and community. Openness and trust go hand in hand when it comes to the classroom. Students need to trust the teacher that they are creating an appropriate digital footprint for themselves. With the trust that is given, the teacher is able to create openness within the classroom.
Like stated above, the post vote results was an even 50/50 split. Just like the votes, that is where my mind is at with this debate topic. I see a lot of benefits to sharing a student’s work online but I also see cons to that as well. What another great debate this EDTC 400 class had. Again, another topic I cannot decide on.. hahah
Until next time,