Committee Meeting: November 21, 1997 (hypertextual)
Our initial thoughts about linking with the Tech committee, and how we may or may not overlap.
Clarifying our charge: Teacher and Student Use FOR Electronic Communication
Why SHOULD we involve electronic communication? What is stopping us from using electronic communication?
What do we want to do?
- We want to get the teachers to move over the hurdle of using,
teaching, and understanding the complexities electronic communication so that instruction is easily navigated. (TEACHERS CANNOT IGNORE IT because it affects everything and everyone.)
- Advance the writing process/instruction/importance
- Understand teaching reading/writing and help others realize how the web helps instruction.
- Web/Internet is INTERactive and IMMEDIATE. The information is coming at them. Everything is previewed FIRST… the student has to learn to discriminate information (they do not know how to do this). How to do EFFECTIVE RESEARCH WITHOUT COPYING (see
Mary Fister and St. Peter school district, Believe Half of What You See and NONE of What You Hear).
- Analyze culture studies in (and with) media for effectiveness
- Teach the importance of electronic communication and technology to other teachers without evangelizing (zen and the art of the inclusion/instruction with the internet…<G> more grassroots instead of pied piper use).
How do we get there?
- Making a standing committee out of our charge.
- Inviting ACLU to help us with legal issues.
- Open communication with the Technology committee.
- NCTE legal departments? Legal consultation? Censorship?
- Caucus for Intellectual Properties (legal issues regarding)
- Communication to administrators (K-12)
What is influencing us?
- Business is charting waters that educators are following.
- Education needs to begin charting waters of its own in the realm of electronic communication
What are the special problems that must be addressed?
- Downloading of images to copyright infringement.
- Students and Teachers webpages open their vulnerability to the whole cyberspace community with no protection of privacy. There is no control over content, or who views work in progress.
- Spam issues to email to unsolicitation of documents in protecting students (permission forms to inform parents)
- Publication on websites/listservs/usenet shows current writing, practice and accountability in student performance and TEACHER performance. (There are no safeguards helping the readers to discriminate different drafts of works-in-progress.)
- People who view websites of student’s and teacher’s work will make the decisions of fighting pedagogical battles (protection of students). Using the web protections to our advantages (same "accept" buttons before you advance in pages).
- Bad press of the internet (lack of knowledge to uncertainty of dealing with conventional issues and how does the internet change this?)
What will be our product?
- Documentation to netiquette to public information to ethical use
- Small book to Website because of its evolution. CD-ROM
Table of Contents
Ted: Web pages/Legal Ethical issues of student publication/information
Jim: Legal/Ethical issues with student publication/information; Teacher Training/Inservice (Pedogical to college and English Education)
Paul: Communication of meeting information
Bob: Appopriate classroom uses/responsibilities from teachers
Dawn: Communication of meeting information
Netnanny/Cyperpatrol/Cybersurfer programs how do they work? Review?
Possibly finding time to open up possibilities for writing/editing and future meeting before next year’s NCTE.