November 14, 2008
Lovejoy students, being older, were delighted with the new and different Orkut -- many had MySpace accounts, which, of course, are blocked at the school. Consequently, it became difficult to track what everyone was doing. Not only that, but I was a little concerned about the number of requests to be friends. This prompted the following e-mails:
Cathy, Although your students are in high school and are able to be independent at school, having their own blogs and Orkut, etc, I think that for the proposal of our activities together, they should use just an account such as a single blog account: a Lovejoy one, and a single Orkut account -- Lovejoy Class of 2009. By doing so, everything becomes more practical: we can access both blog and Orkut, and we are able to see everybody together with their profiles, photos, texts, comments, etc. Even if they create their own blogs and Orkut accounts, there are the Lovejoy blog and Orkut that can be used for everybody. In this sense when we access here, instead of accessing one by one blogs and Orkut, we access Lovejoy ones, comprising in it students' profiles, comments, etc. For instance, my students have their own Orkut, but at school they just use CECR Parque to be in touch with you for pedagogic proposals.
I think it is very nice, your idea of not accepting lots of "friends" at Orkut. If some of my students or strange people ask you to be accepted, you don't need to do so, as some of them, for instance, can upload videos we both wouldn't like. ---Tyrone