As part of our Unit of Inquiry into How We Express Ourselves, we have been looking at how people use technology to communicate their ideas and feelings. We noticed that KP had a cluster map on their class blog. The children were fascinated by the number of people that had visited the KP blog, and by the different countries from which those visitors came. The wanted to know if we could have a cluster map on our KC blog.
I thought that this might be a good way to help the children understand the power of information technology as a communication tool. I wanted the children to begin to understand that, on one hand, the WWW provides a great way for people to communicate with others all over the world. However, I feel that it is important that they begin to realize that they leave a digital footprint, and that they they need to be responsible and ethical internet users.
We have just installed the cluster map. Thanks to everyone who taken time to visit our blog. Please feel free to leave a comment. The children are intrigued when they receive comments from people in other countries. The map has already generated lots of rich discussion and I look forward to seeing where the children take this!