I’ve not been looking forward to this weekend as much as I guess I should. Yesterday, I was at the Cybercitizenship Summit at Yahoo, in Sunnyvale, and on Tuesday, I’ll be in San Diego. So rather than spend more than half a day on planes and in airports flying home, I’m just camped out in a mid-range 92 year old hotel in San Francisco.
It’s a nice small room with a descent work desk, and a view of what is probably a similarly aged apartment building across the street. I’d rather be home, or have Brenda here with me, but I’ll make due — probably take some walks and work on some ideas that have been bouncing around in my head with Class Blogmeister.
Yesterday was good. It was very good, although the theme was much more about cyber safety than information ethics. I think that my very enthusiastically and perhaps even over the edge presentation promoting a more participatory web, the need for more aggressive education reform, and the outside-the-classroom information experiences of our children was probably a good way to start a conference, that was very much about the dangers that lurk on the Internet.
I’ll probably write more about it later, but the bottom line ideas that I took away were:
- The danger is real, though many of the statistics that are shared are misleading.
- There are some very compelling and well produced products out there.
- Filtering technology needs to become more sophisticated.
- Managing the filters should be a group endeavor by techs and classroom teachers.
- More parent training.
- More teacher training.
- A whole lot more training on dealing with cyberbullying and legal liability.
The yearning I left with was for the day when, as communities are and should be concerned about the safety issues of the Internet, they are equally concerned that their children are still attending 19th century classrooms.