I recently introduced a colleague to twitter. She is going to a conference and I was trying to get her enthused about all the active discussion that occurs during a conference on social media if you know where to look. I showed her my twitter stream and her comment was
You have lots of photos of hands
The recent photos on my twitter page
Which is quite right, but it bugged me for some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on.
I share things going on in my classroom (especially on twitter, and sometimes on my blog) with the hope of giving other people ideas about what to use in their teaching and learning programs. I like seeing snapshots of things happening in other peoples classrooms to – it gives me ideas.
But I deliberately make a choice to not include my students faces when I can help it. Sometimes I ask, other times I don’t. I guess I don’t exactly always know where these images will end up. Some students/families in my school have not given permission for photos of their student to be taken or used. Some student clamour to be in photos, others shrink from the camera.
So in terms of digital citizenship, it is perhaps a good idea to not show the faces of my students. But am I dehumanising them by only showing their hands? Am I only telling part of the story? Am I playing it too safe?