I’m struggling a bit with what use to seem so clear: how should students (focused on high school) digitally sign their intellectual work?
Up until the last few months, it was really “clear” to me. If students were sharing their work for class, they should sign it with their first name and last initial. But lately, it doesn’t seem so clear:
- If safety is the reason for not publishing their names, is this really a means of ensuring safety or is it a false front?
- If protection from public errors is the reason, are we really addressing the right question?
- If we are teaching digital citizenship, is an alias or partial disclosure the best approach?
- If we are helping students develop a strong, positive footprint, is it best to use their full names?
- How do we take into consideration professional publications treatment of students such as the athlete who has his/her full name printed next to their photo?
Bottom line, I’m questioning this long held belief (since 2001 when I first had students publishing on the web) and need the help of students, parents, and educators. Should high school students publish their intellectual work with their full name?[Tags] education, participatorymedia, edupolicy, studentpublishing [/Tags]