Al Upton has been asked to take down his blog for his grade 3 kiddos and has complied. He obtained permissions slips from parents and has violated no laws.

The concerns stemmed from one parent’s concern regarding the fact his child’s photo was on the internet (despite the fact that permission slips were issued) and the fact that there were calls made to experienced adult bloggers to mentor the children blogging.

The blog was disabled in compliance with DECS wishes (Department of Education and Children Services – South Australia) and all comments were investigated.

I had the great pleasure and privilege of interviewing Al last year concerning his miniLegends – the interview is here:

If you blog with your students and have had positive outcomes, please leave a comment on Al’s blog. As well, if you have useful information on online risks. please leave that too.

It is education – not hysteria that will help this conversation develop. If you do comment, please keep it constructive. It is a good thing that parents are concerned.

11. January 2008 · Comments Off on Vox Popping · Categories: Blogging, Education-related blogs, Technologies

I’m conducting an experiment with the first podcast of 2008 for edna’s E-learning Insights – letting the listeners provide ME with audio and content!

So far so good, have had about 10 responses, 7 audio and 3 via email.  The topic is blogging and the question is: Do you blog and/or read other people’s blogs?  If so, why? If not, why not?

I’ve set up an online voice board (think a forum but with audio rather than text) that includes an embedded voice recorder.  The Wimba voice board is a tool that is trialling in the edna Sandpit Groups.

If you’d like to help me roadtest this, please log in to the edna Sandpit and have some fun! If you haven’t registered but are an Australian-based education professional — you can sign up for free.

I’m also providing an email alternative for listeners without a microphone.

If this works out, I’m going to make it a regular activity and plan to leave the audio files up for others to play with.