[Technology 1391] Re: New technology skills for living in a democracy

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Eric Bragg bragge324 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 22 16:01:03 EST 2007


David,

Thanks so much for you post. I have been working with film with 5th graders
for the last four years. Teaching them this new digital technology has been
very rewarding for them, and they really enjoy learning how movies are made.
After my work with the students, I've had many of them go on to work at the
middle and high school levels with films and even made their own movies to
put on You Tube. The only thing to be cautious about is that most kids
under 18 have to sign a publicity release before they can upload themselves
to a website within the academic setting. Privately, they can do whatever
they like. Encouraging them to play with this technology will ultimately
make them more prepared to survive in a digital world.

Eric Bragg


On 10/25/07, David J. Rosen <djrosen at comcast.net> wrote:

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> Technology Colleagues,

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> The ability to video record yourself may now be an essential tool to make

> your voice heard -- and seen -- in our democratic process. You may be aware

> that YouTube has been providing opportunities for ordinary people to make

> short videos, post them, and perhaps to have them selected for presidential

> candidate debates.

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> http://youtube.com/debates

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> Now, former Vice President, Al Gore, has created *Viewpoints*

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> http://current.com/viewpoints

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> which he describes as follows:

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> "Viewpoints is a virtual town hall where you can share your opinions, in

> video, about the issues that matter in the 2008 election: from global

> warming to government eavesdropping, and many more.

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> This digital town hall is already bustling, and you can find viewpoints

> from me and from a lot of people, including the candidates running for

> President. Come and listen to their positions and, more importantly, tell

> them and the rest of the world what you think!"

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> http://current.com/viewpoints

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> Is making short digital videos a new technology competency for

> participating in the democratic process? Should we be teaching students how

> to make digital videos and how to upload them to Web sites? Should we also

> be teaching students how to use telephones and email to contact candidates'

> campaigns to make their concerns known? In a democracy is this a new basic

> communication skill?

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> David J. Rosen

> djrosen at comcast.net

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