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Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

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Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet

Julian Cochran (US Technology Coordinator, Computer Science Teacher, and Varsity Boys Soccer Coach) shared an interesting article from yesterday's New York Times. It includes some thoughts from John Palfrey, the current Head of Phillips Academy who presented at DA a few years ago (while serving as the Director of the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society at Harvard). An excerpt from the article:

[Palfrey] briefly contended with this question last year when students created a blog where they could anonymously share “secrets.” Many posts were on the fringe, Mr. Palfrey recalled, and some teachers and students were concerned that children’s identities could be determined from their writing patterns. The blog’s student founders were persuaded to add a note of caution, warning participants that their identities could be discovered.

Mr. Palfrey offered an offline analogy. “We wouldn’t want to record every conversation they are having in the hallway,” he said. “The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, but we also need for them to have the time and space to grow without feeling like we are watching their every move.”

Click here to see the full NYT article. Or here to see the Middle School's acceptable use policy and other iPad "Rules of the Road." Or here to see the Upper School's acceptable use policy. Unlike the schools in the article, DA does not employ outside agencies to monitor student online behavior. Nonetheless, we rely on the collaboration of families, the ever-increasing maturity of our students, and a shared sense of courtesy, civility, and community.

Posted by in Upper School on Tuesday October, 29, 2013


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