My Space as an assignment

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  1. TexasAggie2323

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    Have any of you used my space as an assignment in class?

    I teach Texas history but I am looking at using myspace in my classroom by having students create a myspace of important people in Texas History.

    If so, how did it work and what type of rubric did you use? I could really use some good ideas on rubrics as that is usually a weakness in my teaching.
     
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  3. Irishdave

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    I would not touch that assignment with a 10 foot pole with the "Bad" press that My Space has received lately I think it is a bad Idea. Maybe there is another site that will let you do it in a safer mode. But if you have parents who will support the assignment it might work.
     
  4. ValinFW

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    As a parent, I would not allow my child to do that assignment. Myspace is off limits! She's a pre-AP kid who rarely makes a B on anything, but would have to take a 0 on that if the teacher wouldn't give an alternate assignment. Besides, Myspace is blocked in our district. The kids would have to do this assignment completely on their own, and you would have no way of guiding them during the process. Have them create a website, or a powerpoint (most can do ppts in their sleep!), or a movie with Windows Moviemaker, or a webquest. Better yet, give them a choice of products to create. Undoubtedly, there are parents out there who do allow their kids on Myspace. CYA, though...make them get a permission slip signed.
     
  5. ChristyF

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    If your school has a webmaster they should be able to help your kids learn to create a web page that can be housed on your school's web site. There are also other sources for free school web pages, just google for them. I'm like Dave. With everything that is going on with myspace, I would avoid using it. I like the idea of them creating a web page using that format, though, just in a safe place.
     
  6. TemperanceFaith

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    I did not read all the replies, but NO WAY.

    I do not think there is anything remotely pedagogical about Myspace. The negatives of the site far outweigh the positives.

    While I do believe the site can be a useful tool for musicians, etc.. and as a social networking tool; I have friends who are artists who have Myspaces, for example; I do not see the need for teenagers to be exposed to the more negative offerings of the site.

    I am taking a computer class now, and creating my own webpage, and it is going to be hosted on our WebCT page for a temporary time. You do NOT need Myspace to host your own webpage, your school should have their own website who can host it.

    Or even better, have your kids get together in groups and do a Powerpoint demo. They can be as creative as they want, add music and graphics, and it can have the same pedagogical purpose as what you were considering on Myspace.
     
  7. Learner4Life

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    I positively LOVE the idea but obviously there is a lot of sceptisism around myspace and there will probably be some kind of uproar if this assignment is followed through with. :| I do think, however, that you could follow the myspace rubric; have them find a picture, fill out the "about me" "who I'd like to meet" "music" "TV" etc sections and it would be a really interesting assignment for them. What kind of music do you think Davy Crocket listened to? Who do you think he would've liked to meet (they would have to know a little bit of history to see who else was alive at that time)? What would their responce to "TV" be?
    It's really too bad that MySpace has gotten such a rotten reputation around schools. Your idea for an assignment sounds like a fun and interesting one that engages the students by relating history to something they are probably into!!!! Kudos to you!
     
  8. TemperanceFaith

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    Myspace unfortunately deserves the bad reputation it has received. They do not do enough to police the site and keep the negativity off of it.

    A recent case in point was a student in my area who had a page devoted to the Columbine murders. He was arrested because he told a student he was going to shoot everyone at school, and fortunately the plan was stopped before it happened, but why on earth he was able to have such a webpage glorifying something so horrible, is why Myspace is a bad thing.

    I will not even get into the porn spam, etc... and you can say "If you set it to private you won't get any"

    Unfortunately not everyone you are friends with sets theirs to private, so if they get a porn bulletin, you get one too. It is not worth it to me to take a chance. Kids see enough in this world today, I am sure not going to help them out with being exposed to more.
     
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    The reason I thought it was such a good idea is because Powerpoints and webpages have been done before and our students, whether we like it or not, are into things LIKE MySpace. I don't think the lesson plan would work because of the negative surroundings of MySpace and I doubt Texas was looking for a debate on the good and evils of MySpace. I AM complimenting her on her creative ideas that would probably get her kids into what she was teaching. That's what we have to be careful of as teachers, getting our students into what we're teaching without exposing them to the dangers they may, or may not, be into.

    I could ask the question: Why not expose them to this stuff in a controlled, safe place like school rather than to let them explore it on their own where we REALLY don't know what they're getting into?
     
  10. TemperanceFaith

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    Because most schools are promoting the evils of the site, for starters, not encouraging teachers to include them in their lesson plans.

    I understand most kids are into it, and so are some adults. I even have one. Which is why my kids do not have them, and they are almost 16 and 14. I saw what some of their friends and their friend's friends had on their spaces, and they are obviously not getting any supervision. It is not worth it to me to make a lesson plan out of something you can demonstrate in some other way.

    They could make their own class webpage, for starters, rather than rely on the Myspace format.

    I think you would have a difficult time getting parents to consent to using Myspace, in any case.
     
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    Maybe I misunderstand.

    I read it as a fictional assignment; pretend you're Benedict Arnold and print up what you would post in your account... no real computer access necessary.

    I think it sounds like an amazingly creative assighment. The kids would have to know their history. More that that, though, they would have to see the people behind the story.

    I think it sounds wonderful!!!
     
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    I think the idea sounds like fun, but I agree with everyone else that using MySpace would be like wearing a sign that says, "Sue me and take my job."

    You might try a website like epals.com or something. I would definately clear it with the principal and send a letter home to parents.

    I've been wanting to get my class on the web, but I'm always too busy teaching them how to pass standardized tests. ;)
     
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    I understand the negative comments about MySpace, but I think at its roots, it's a great idea for an assigment - the kids would have a lot of fun with it!

    Maybe instead of actually using MySpace, you could develop a template that looks like a MySpace profile and have them create and customize an offline profile on Word. They could still have a picture of their person, play around with the background and font, put in their character's bio and interests and so on, just not actually online.
     
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    I had my kids do a "Myspace" about a book character. But we did not do it on the computer. I had a handout that had a basic "myspace" type layout on it and they did the work on that. No computer neccessary, predator & freak free. The kids loved it and gave a lot more information about the characters than I've ever gotten in any of the previous methods I've tried for character sketches.
     
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    A great Idea :up::clap::clap::up:
     
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    This is the format that I thought the original poster was referring to. I think that by doing this assignment computer-free is a great idea! It's creative and engaging!
     
  17. Michael S.

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    Maybe you could help them each make their own webpage to look like a myspace profile. Depending on the age of the kids I'm sure that you could give them the code and tell them to basically use it to make their own webpage if you explained what each thing changes. Grade mainly for content, but give some points for creativity.
     
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    I like hernandoreading's idea about doing it but not on the computer. As a parent, I would not like my child having this assignment because I don't want my child having a "myspace" account.
     
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    I really like this idea as well and my use it with my students this year. Creating an actual "Myspace" page wouldn't be possible for us at school anyway--the site is blocked by our school board and the block can't be over-ridden.
     
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    First of all GO AGGIES!!! WHOOP!!!!

    Secondly, myspace stinks for school. Its blocked at our school, and justifiably so. Its full of trash.

    I totally agree with making a site though! Get it posted through your school, or make a wiki (I hear PBWikis are for educators, but I'm not sure)

    Kids love making stuff on the internet, so have fun. But run the other way from myspace!!!!
     
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    why not create a wiki? at least there you can passwork protect it... try wikispaces.com
     
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    Last year I had my students vote on what project they wanted to do as their final project. They choose making a myspace. So that we did. I had computer techs unblock the website, and students used an email address that they made up prior to it (COMPLETELY different from ones they use for personal). I had them use yahoo and create ones that said my last name then their number in my class and then their periods number. Once on myspace, they had to fill out all the information fields based on their person. NOTE: I did have a permission slip procedure. Also, as soon as I graded their page, I terminated the account.
     
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    My Space as an assignment?

    I think using my space as an assignment depends on the target group. If the students are junior high school or high school students, it might not fit for them. However, if the students are college or university students, using my space as an assignment might work. The reason for that is college students have better self-directed learning skill than high school students. I am a university student now. One of the courses I am taking is using my space as an assignment. This assignment is worth 40% of the total mark. Each week, we have to post one response on the topic we have studied to the space. We can visit all the classmates’ spaces and share our opinions. There is one important rule for that we can only talk about academic ideas. I think so far using my space as an assignment works ok for me. :wub:
     
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    How about they create a powerpoint instead? Or if you have a class webpage couldn't you create a page to link their creations? Look at this grade 2 teacher's site for ideas on how kids' work can be linked to a class page:

    http://www.pocanticohills.org/taverna/taverna.htm

    I know you are a higher grade but you could springboard off how she uses the internet/kids' work samples to celebrate their units of study.
     
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    Myspace for kids in Secondary education

    First of all, you can visit the website of Rubistar from where you can obtain information regarding Rubrics.You should find what you need since you require some creative ideas on rubrics.

    Secondly, it is an interesting subject you teach. I have always been fascinated by any study dealing with History and I believe online applications can be used for teaching and providing students with perfect information. However in my opinion, the use of MySpace does not seem to be a very good idea although I never had an account with them. Today the kids using Internet have access to good sources as well as bad sources such as adult materials. I have visited some pages on myspace that belonged to kids who are between 13-18 years old and honestly, some of the contents were just shocking. Some kids post pictures that are offensive whereas some post messages that are not very decent.

    Therefore the disadvantage of making children use such websites can lead them to gaining access to such materials as well as learning good things. I know that you are looking at it with a good pupose that is to make kids gain knowledge but I just do not think Myspace is a good source for kids to learn anything academic as it does not work as the right source for Secondary Education level particularly.

    The use of personal website is a good idea. All the kids of that age range do not have the access to own a personal website. Therefore use of blogging and Internet forums can be a good idea. Blogging particularly helps kids to post information as well as paste images and videos which is as interesting as a website.
     
  26. E Bunni 99

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    The assignment sounds creative. I would tell them to make the page on a piece of paper and turn it in.... but would not have them create an account and post it. I avoid anything to do with My Space. I don't have a page and would never encourage my students to go to the site. I think there could be other ways to do this assignment.
     

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