Looking up stuff

Looking up stuff

This line is a paraphrase of something I’ve heard Gary Stager say often. I created it as part of a presentation I’m doing on Thursday for a group of new principals. I also am planning to use the Interesting Snippets set as a pre-workshop slideshow. If you’re not familar with these images, have a peek.

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  • Clix,

    Firstly, I wouldn’t necessarily say the primary metaphor should be creating. I think creating, connecting and looking up stuff make the internet what it can be. But yes, It will come as no surprise that students will create inappropriate stuff.

    I also think that understanding what is possible both from a positive and negative standpoint allows teachers and parents and students to begin to make good choices. Bad choices will always be made but given the option of creating and connecting, that is active involvement provides the possibility of really great things.