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I am trying to come to grips as to how to utilize web 2.0 in an early childhood education (ECE) program .  New tools such as blogs, wikis and social networking should be  ideal instruments to help young children express themselves and make connections with others across the globe. With these new web tools there seems to be a bull in the china shop, privacy and protecting our little ones, that we must deal with before moving forward.

I’ll start with a fairly safe web 2.0 tool, wikis. Over at Always Learning I discovered of an interesting little wiki where children are using voice thread to share drawings and comments with children around the world, KinderKidsDraw. Wiki’s can be a safe place for children to store work and have a selected audience. I  see a lot of possibilities with parent communication using wikis and I would love to find some examples. Though wikis seem good for closed community activities I still like the idea of blogging for opening an ECE classroom to the world.

When I think about what blogs have to offer my current group of students, 5-6 year olds, my mind begins to race with all the possibilities. Over at ICTECE I am  inspired by a wonderful post about the possibilities of blogging in children’s education. I would love for my students to show the world who they are and what they can do using the tool of blogs. Blogging allows for the creator and the viewer to have a conversation, something that should happen more in all of education. Unfortunately having an open blog puts  images and names of children together on the web for all to see, traditionaly a taboo in education. There is a part of me that thinks walling off (password or invite only protection) a child’s blogs  keeps children from experiencing  a large part of what blogging has to offer. It seems web 2.0 in an ECE program still has to deal with some age old questions…When does protecting our children interfere with their learning? Or…When does learning interfere with protecting our children?

If you would like to read more on blogging safely with children you can visit HERE.

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