Last time, in Part 1 of this bag of tricks to build information fluency, I discussed some forward-thinking teaching/learning ideas based on YouTube; photo sharing services such as Flickr, Picasa, and Riya; sites supporting the hobby of genealogy; blogging; podcasting, and tagging with shared bookmarking utilities such as del.icio.us. (See Some Tricks to Build Information Fluency—Part 1, in the September/October 2006 issue of MultiMedia & Internet@Schools.) But (to turn a phrase) wait! There's more. How about these?
"Pimp" Your MySpace (and, Simultaneously, Promote Online Safety)
Millions of high schoolers (and junior high schoolers too) have MySpace personal sites. As I've noted in previous Pipeline columns, this is a huge social movement. Most MySpacers blog quite often and visit their site twice a day for about 25 minutes. Many people in schools, as well as some parents, are concerned about this trend and the potential for serious dangers—confidentiality, privacy, security, stalkers, cybersafety, etc.—let alone the risk that a kid's MySpace profile from 2006 could show up in his congressional campaign of 2047! Of course, blocking MySpace has the complete opposite effect by forcing it underground at school and making it just that much cooler.
So, here's what you do—but it's a trick (shhhh)!
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