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#8561849 Oct 11, 2013 at 05:20 AM · Edited over 7 years ago
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Which guideline or rating system might be useful for you as you consider implementing various OERs. Discuss how and why it might be useful.

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#8722003 Nov 16, 2013 at 06:11 PM
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As we discussed rating systems are subjective, and have an expiration date, but I do like the rating systems structure of the Video Game industry. I think I would employ that type of guideline to evaluating material. Of course if the content already has a rating you can start there.

I thought of another area after the meeting the other night. I "DJ" our school dances, and I take requests ahead of time for music. This helps me understand where their tastes are trending currently whenI build my playlists, but also allows me to pre-screen the lyrics. The kids know that I won't play Explicit lyrics, so they always suggest the "clean version". However, they rarely think of content of the lyrics just whether it has bad words or not.

This reminds me that a rating system is only the beginning. The appropriateness of the content has to be considered as well.
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#8722512 Nov 16, 2013 at 09:21 PM
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I found our discussion interesting, fun and much of an eye-opener when looking at various war images that many just take for granted. But of the systems reviewed in this section, I liked the Common Sense Media one best. It is good to have some type of guidelines to go by but in the end it is the educator that needs to make the final decision on how appropriate the material is for the age group and subject.
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#8725069 Nov 17, 2013 at 02:04 PM
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Mark, I like the reminder that over operationalizing any "morality" guidelines begins to miss the point.
#9062967 Feb 05, 2014 at 02:23 PM
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It is the general practice working in an elementary school that any media content would be a G rating. During my tenure as a middle school teacher there was a bit more leeway. I often have used the common sense media rating system when determining if something was appropriate if I thought I would be questioned about a piece of media. I believe a lot of it comes down to common sense. Give credit where credit is due and err on the side of caution. If I am in dbout then I won't use that particular resource.
#10058675 Sep 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM
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Since I primarily work with college students, I think the Blogger Code of Ethics would be most appropriate. I think this would be a great resource to use when discussing evaluating web sources. Students could evaluate whether a web source adheres to this code. I also think this would be a great document to include in a digital writing class so students could engage with the rights and responsibilities of creating digital content.
#10123107 Oct 08, 2014 at 11:55 AM · Edited over 6 years ago
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I was interested in the Code of Ethics for Bloggers. I think that it makes the most sense for my purposes (happily, I intend to teach adults, so I don't have to worry too much about PG-13 video clips). It's a shame that the we have to have these types of guidelines when one's conscience, respectfulness, and perhaps, political correctness should be a reasonable guide for the things that we say and write. I feel that we should add, "Do no harm" as a rule of thumb when implementing OER in our classrooms.

I checked out the rating of a few movies that my family watches, and I would definitely say that they err on the side of caution and are even more restrictive than I am with my kids. I was familiar with TV, movie, and video game rating systems, but was not familiar with this website before.
#10180339 Oct 21, 2014 at 03:01 PM
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Although I generally am suspicious of things that claim to be common sense, the Common Sense Rating system is the most useful as far as rating systems. Although I am planning on working with college students, the 15-17 age guideline will still be relevant for students who are 18-19. Many of them are still dealing with changing identities and may be sensitive or defensive of their own ideas. The break down of development at each age is also very insightful and I will probably keep it in mind for the future if I ever try to build a website for a younger audience or work with younger students.
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