Project Plan

  • How do you feel about different publishing platforms? How can you see yourself using them, particularly in relation to your project?

As my project is a blog page for Year 10 Forensic studies Twitter and Facebook are of marginal value, not being accessible at school. A blog is definitely the best choice as it can be accessed from both home and school. I prefer the Blog as a vehicle for sharing as it gives room for substantial information, unlike the ‘bites’ that Twitter offers. I have been building a library blog for the last two years and believe it is a valuable learning tool for students and reference tool for teachers. I have tried Twitter a number of times in the past. I’m just not convinced. The only time I found it really useful was when the Rolling Stones cancelled their concerts and I was waiting to hear if they were going to reschedule! It is a way to keep in the face of people you are wanting to communicate with and I haven’t thought about that angle much. I will give it a try as way of advertising the library blog but I can’t see it being a major player as I will have to tweet from home.

  • What do you think makes a good online citizen and how do we become one?

A good online citizen shares their knowledge and experiences. They offer quality information in a manner that can be readily and easily accessed. A good online citizen may publish original work, collate the work of others, collate lists of sites on a particular topic, share information and keep information up to date. Museum Victoria is a good online citizen that comes to mind. Their Victorian Collections website is a mine of memories and memorabilia that adds colour and light to our state’s history. Victorian collections fulfills all criteria for a good online citizen – they help find an audience for others; they gather and record; they share information; they encourage others to share information; they tell our stories.

  • Which of the two platforms (Facebook and Twitter) appeal to you most? How can you see yourself using them?

Neither Facebook nor Twitter can be accessed through the school system so that restricts their value hugely. Privately I prefer Facebook and I enjoy following my small group of family / friends and doing posts of my own. See above for comments on Twitter. I notice Pinterest is on the Networks list with Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest IS allowed at school and I have a profile set up with boards that are shared on the blog.

  • How do you feel about privacy and sharing ideas online after reading this module?

Common sense when setting up your various profiles will ensure that you don’t compromise your identity. Thinking about what you want the world to know and familiarizing yourself with the privacy policy of your social media sites and blog hosts protects you in cyberspace. We all know about keeping passwords safe and changing them often. Tools like Dropbox are great for targeted sharing. I note that Evernote has a share link which I intend to try out soon too. I absolutely love the internet and the world wide web. It is a great resource that is portable and time  saving. However, it can be also be a time consuming monster that rules our lives. Through wise use of social media and information sharing I can see that it is possible to minimise computer time and maximise absorption of useful content.

See my project plan below

Project plan

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  1. Agreed! Before putting anything online it pays to understand privacy policies and to put a little thought into what you want to share and how best to do this. There is more to engaging well online than one thinks but having said that, there are so many benefits for both professional/academic growth and for personal pursuits and growth too. LIke you mention, commonsense is paramount and something we need to guide our students to develop. Are there ways we can build this into what we share with them? Certainly something to consider. =)
    Glad to hear things are progressing with your forensics blog page!
    All the best,
    Catherine

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