I'm in my second year of teaching, 25 years old and still fresh and keen... I've been charged with creating a VLE for my school in Wembley, London. The Moodle system I've set up at www.vwhtc.net
is looking good and beginning to be adopted by some staff, but I wanted to throw a few questions to the world:
If we get our students collaborating inside a VLE then it's a safe environment, limited access, censorable etc - all the things that senior management love. But I'm keen on getting students prepared for the big wide connected web 2.0 world. I've got a couple of classes posting on wordpress/blogger, which means I have no control over safety/personal details/cyber-horror-stalker-murder-hype... but the students have created some really insightful stuff, and made great comments on each others' work. I don't know if it's because stuff is world-viewable (in theory - I don't know who would read what we've done so far... it'd be great to start a project that would be useful to more than just our class/school).
What do you think? Closed safe censorable management-friendly, or open public potentially more scary but also more inspirational... My idealist gut instinct definitely leans towards open, but I need to keep the bosses happy and the young minds safe...