Fear keeps schools from social media

Fear keeps schools from social media

I have added the following presentation and the news report above to our wikidlinks page.
”The world has changed and the constant bad Facebook press and its role in cyber bullying have meant that schools are being asked for leadership on the issue and in reality they spend their time trying to catch up to the evolving technology,” said Denis Masseni, a multimedia lecturer at Monash University and director of digital business Sponsor-ed. See the slideshow here

Web 2.0 @olmclibrary

Following on from the facebook fan page and the twitter page Tricia and I had a discussion and we set up a reading wiki and an information wiki.  We will use these pages to communicate and engage with students and teachers.  we have created a new front page for the library on the School Intranet.  It looks something like this….

Welcome toWikidreading You can share your comments and ideas about reading and see what others have to say. In 2009, reading at olmc reached greater heights – more borrowing, more reviews, more discussion. Make sure you are part of this in 2010 Share your reviews here.

Welcome to the olmc library facebook page. Reviews, booktrailers, great links and more from olmclibrary for staff and students

Follow us on twitter for all your reading and information needs
http://wikidlinks.wikispaces.com/ for online resources, Web 2.0 and great links

Our core service is information and reading and we think we have it covered in this simple format.

I had my appraisal of my years self learning project on using Web 2.0 in the classroom and all went well.  My aim for next year is to work in the classroom more with teachers and students using practical web 2.0 applications in assessment and presentation.

fb and webpages

My main issue this last week was looking at how to put a powerpoint presentation onto FB.  My colleague Andrew wants his students ppt. presentations to be uploaded to the facebook site they have developed for thier unit of study on the cold war.  Facebook does not allow for Ppt. to upload.

i sent out a call via Fb and twitter but no one had any answers for me.  The solution that I came up with was to save the ppt. as a jpeg file.  I was able to select all the slides in my presentation and save them as jpegs.  I then uploaded the photos to snapfish.  I was then able to add all the slides as a photo album on FB in one easy process. 

I also spent some time during the week with Tricia, my boss, looking at our homepage.  As we go further down the track it seems that we are using the design of the homepage to reflect our service priorities.  On Saturday, I worked through the content, and the draft site now has the content that we feel should be on the site.  We have added in sites, and deleted many sites as well.

We now seem to be sorted with content and function.  My next move now as I get more ambitious is to actually design the look.

Facebook and premium phone services

Here is an article from the Age about how easy it is to be signed up to a premium phone service without being aware that you have done so…

WHAT the hell is 5th Finger? You should know: when ninemsn announced its acquisition in November 2005, it was described as “Australia’s leading mobile marketing solutions company” that had already “interacted with over 5.5 million Australians”. Anyway, I put the question to my two children. Their shared mobile number had logged six Premium SMS calls from 5th Finger at $4 each, all at 4.59pm — a total of $24 in a matter of seconds. (Another six at $24 showed up in the next month’s bill.) They were mystified. Both insisted they had not signed up for anything; they know they cannot afford it on their tight budgets.

Strangely, a STOP SMS to the billed number prompted the reply: “You are not subscribed to any service.” The practised line from my mobile company, 3, was that it was only a third party and unable to help, beyond blocking Premium SMS calls to the mobile, one of three on my account. I had to contact the SMS content provider on the help number listed on the bill.

After many attempts, I got through — to Dublin of all places — where a representative of Blinck, somehow related to 5th Finger, explained how my son could unknowingly sign up to a Premium SMS subscription: he had completed an online quiz, via a link from Facebook and by entering a code sent to his mobile to obtain the result, he was deemed to have given informed consent to subscribing to an exorbitantly priced SMS service.

My son vaguely recalled the quiz, but had no idea he had entered an ongoing contract. He treated the unexpected SMSs as unwanted spam. Retracing his steps online, it was clear the company’s ideas of a “totally transparent” process, as it asserted in an exchange of emails, and of informed consent were very different from what most of us would regard as reasonable.

The terms and conditions that tell a participant they are actually entering into a subscription contract are not set out on the same web page — a click-through link leads to that fine print, which the user is deemed to have read. Perhaps one in 100 online users would click through to and read this stuff. Continued…

Students should be made aware of the following website www.19sms.com.au which explains how to stop these services.

Face Book and social networking

There have been many concerns raised about Face Book and the privacy issue and I have posted articles of note to twitter. When I read most of these articles by social commentators I often think that they just don’t understand what it is to be a teenager anymore and recognise how important social networks are in establishing self esteem and identity and finding like minded people to share with. My mother worries about privacy but these kids say why.
My face book is private used to keep in touch with those who have touched me, both now and then. Within that I use privacy settings. I prefer to only allow friends onto my facebook, no friends of friends as I believe this reduces my risk. Follow the guidelines and common sense and you should be safe from nigerian scamsters.

A news feed about Face Book from the New York Times
The perils of Face Book
How to protect your privacy

transparency on the web

From Will Richardson

In Gary Hamel’s recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, The Facebook Generation vs. The Fortune 500, he writes

Contribution counts for more than credentials. When you post a video to YouTube, no one asks you if you went to film school. When you write a blog, no one cares whether you have a journalism degree. Position, title, and academic degrees—none of the usual status differentiators carry much weight online. On the Web, what counts is not your resume, but what you can contribute.