Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Advocate Action is Heating Up

We've created one page to monitor all of the activities for this project - http://www.netvibes.com/coolcatteacher#Ad4dcss

Where we're sharing
  • We've also got a wiki started at http://ad4dcss.wikispaces.com
  • The wiki uses the links we create in diigo and feeds the resources to the 9 major categories of digital citizenship that we're addressing. (See wiki for those.)
  • We have a diigo group for bookmarking. at http://groups.diigo.com/groups/Ad4dcss
  • This blog is where we'll list major announcements AND resource links, so it will be a good place to follow the activities.
Where YOU can volunteer
  • We have a donated Moodle space and Kate Olson is organizing an online course done BY educators for people wanting to know more about Digital Citizenship, Safety, and Success. We are planning a preliminary meeting within the next 7 days, however, we're discussing using the 9 areas of digital citizenship as posted on the wiki to serve as our starting point.

  • We're working on a logo and have a volunteer who is working on this.

  • Wiki Work - We're working on pulling in the diigo links RSS to the wiki page so that the diigo group will automatically feed the bookmarks to the appropriate category. We could use some help putting those RSS's on the page. (Much of this is being done w/ people giving 30 minutes here and there.)

    I would personally love to see the wiki have some basic information, but remember, we're working to create things to go offline so it is about resources, handouts, and useful things.

  • THE BIG THING YOU CAN DO NOW! - Besides telling people about this (include ad4dcss in the twitter or blog post and it will aggregate on our netvibes page so we'll know you're there.)

    We NEED people to join the Diigo group and USE THE STANDARD TAG DICTIONARY. We also need people to go through the bookmarks and thumbs up or thumbs down the best resources so that we may start using that feature. This will sort of be our way of "vetting" the sources.

    If you could spend just 10 minutes going through your bookmarks on digital citizenship and tagging them.
We're also talking about several action days a year about different points and I know a lot of you have already broached this subject. Access, digital safety, blogging, so many different things we could do.

Is this some sort of political thing?
Well, honestly, we don't know what this is yet. Any organization of people that becomes effective ends up having a political impact, however, we're not starting off that way.

We're starting off to create useful things to help YOU take the discussion of these tools offline. Handouts for boards of directors. An online class for anyone to take who wants to become educated.

When we have large numbers of people, then we'll have more clout on the political end.

But for now, we have a growing list of charter members who are going to tweet, bookmark, do a little wiki work, and share their ideas.

How do "we" decide where to move?

I think that some fresh faces no one has ever heard of will emerge to lead the charge on some things that we'll sit back and say "now why didn't we do that before."

So, what my role is that when there is a group of people who says to me "we want to do this," I'm using the reach and network of mine to help facilitate and give them the resources to make it happen (and a little geeky programming stuff in the background.)

Power of Newcomers!
Newcomers are perfect for this effort because they more clearly see the obstacles that are holding newcomers from joining in and learning more. They clearly see the other side of the fence because they can remember the other side of the fence.

I wish I had more time to tell you more.

We are looking for a few more group bloggers. So, join in. Speak up. Share.

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Andrea Hernandez said...

Interested "newcomer" here. I am a new blogger and feel very strongly about the issue of teaching students about digital citizenship, safety and success. I hope to join you in this effort.

Vicki A. Davis said...

@andrea-- Welcome. You are officially the FIRST commenter on this blog. Kudos to you!

I believe this project is going to bring out many amazing newcomers because of the particular value that newcomers offer to this. I hope you'll join the google group e-mail list and sign your name on our wiki.

What are your interests? We want to put people who join in where their talents are and I can point you to some groups forming.

Kate Olson said...

Vicki - great post, I'm glad you officially got the blog up and running and I love how it's feeding into the wiki! One tiny thing - the link to the pd course page in the post is linking to the diigo group, it should be linking here http://ad4dcss.wikispaces.com/Professional+Development+Course

Can't wait to work on this with you!

Carl Anderson said...

Vicki, I am also interested in joining is blog. I feel strongly that the best way to keep the internet (especially web 2.0) safe for our kids is for parents and teachers to get involved. We HAVE to be there with our kids. That doesn't mean that we can't give them their own space but we HAVE to teach students how to appropriately use these tools. They will use them if we are not there anyway. To do this we HAVE to bring other educators on board, stop blocking access at school to the social web, and engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussions both offline and online with our students. Teachers HAVE to know how to do this, parents HAVE to know how to do this, and students HAVE to understand the weight their online activities carry. I also hope to join you in this effort.

loonyhiker said...

Thanks for posting this. I was in on the conversation the other day in my hotel room and I'm really interested in this topic. I'm excited in the direction we are taking together and I feel that is important that we are all working together. What an exciting journey this will be!

greg205 said...

Interesting stuff - what are some specific goals of the group?