- What are the emotional barriers to building a PWP and contributing online?
- What are the "habitudes" you (and your students) need to develop to feel comfortable contributing online? (For example, is "courage" needed to contribute online?)
- As you look at how youth interact in the online world, what "habitudes" will you need to help them learn participate well? (Thoughtfulness? Sensitivity to others?)
Habitudes? I am slowly learning to use some cyberspeak in my online communications, especially text messages and the occasional twitters I share. But my blogs demand proper English, good grammar and punctuation. I just can't help it, and I cringe when I see some of the efforts of some people. The teacher in me wants to correct errors! Another habitude which I think I have developed is to define the purpose of my on-line presence - primarily it is for me! If others find it interesting, or benefit from it in some way, then that is a bonus - so I shouldn't worry about whether or not I get feedback from others.
Youth Interaction? I think they need to learn the differences required in different forums. i.e. when the message is for a small group of close friends, then perhaps cyberspeak is acceptable, but anything for broader publication should contain proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
I would also like to teach them caution - what they publicly broadcast now might seem like a bit of a lark, but in time it may (will?) come back to haunt them. They need to be aware of the image of themselves they are painting with all aspects of their on-line presence.