Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Next Best Thing

by Terri Wagner

poster saying the next best thing
I am taking an hybrid class this semester on education and the Internet. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to a skype interview with Ms. Cassidy, a first grade teacher in Canada. She has her first graders blogging! And the best part was she taught herself about the Internet and how to adjust for use in her class. It's a terrific interview, please go watch it. What impressed me the most was her comment that she is always looking for the next best thing. As a teacher, she wants to make sure her children are Internet savvy. And she means not just playing around on it, but really knowing how to use and best of all how to be wise about it.

This class has been eye-opening for me. But in all the excitement over learning new things, I kept wondering how do you keep the children safe. She answered the question. Just the same way our Heavenly Father keeps us safe. He gives us the rules, and we govern ourselves. Granted those rules change a bit as we grow older and hopefully wiser; but the principle is the same. Now I feel I can "seek after anything (including the Internet)," that "is virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy."

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great class.
    These kids learn in probably in the first day or two more about blogging than I have in a few years.
    Then in a few years they will invent the stuff I have been waiting for all my life. Yeah!

    Learning how to make wise choices when tempted to break the rules is a skill that will help these children their whole lives.

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  2. Sounds like a very interesting class, Terri. I appreciate your insight, as always. thanks for the reminder! hugs~

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