Whipple Hill’s Follow Friday: The Evolution of #ISEDchat

Follow Friday

I am honored to have been chosen to kick off Whipple Hill’s new blog #Follow Friday.  I really enjoyed sharing the story of #ISEDchat! Please join us on Thursday night’s at 9pm EST.

Follow Friday: The Evolution of #ISEDchat – a Q&A with Lorri Carroll



My how things have changed!

Aside from the digital citizenship that we teach on a day-to-day basis, each year, in February, I do a formal program for our Middle School students and parents.

This program has evolved quite a bit since 2007 when I started… the focus back then was on predators, pedophiles, and strangers… The internet was a “dangerous” place. I talked about MySpace, chain letter emails, chat rooms and AIM.  Parents were so focused on “blocking” the internet. There was no mention of creating a positive image online… and using the internet for “on demand” learning. My how things have changed! How would students today learn if the internet was “blocked”?

Each year, in order to prepare, I start from the prior year’s presentation and remove the “outdated” technology and add in the new stuff. After the MySpace era, we moved onto Facebook… and that was a focus for a number of years. Then, two years ago, I updated with Twitter.

This year… wow. Very different!  There was only one slide on Facebook. Still a few on twitter, but Instagram took a front seat. And Snapchat, was a close second. I also spent time talking about how smartphones make it so easy to share ANYTHING… photos, images within a matter of seconds.

Here’s a link to the presentation: Your Digital Life

The discussion went well (my daughter, a 7th grader, said I did OK except for talking with my hands too much…). It wasn’t a lecture in any way… very interactive, with some great questions.

Later on that evening, we invited parents to hear the same presentation. They had their own set of great questions.

I wonder what I will be talking about next year!

Attention: FEMA, Red Cross- Give Facebook a try!

You may just get it done a little more efficiently and effectively.

Just take a peek at what has been going on on Facebook to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island. The way in which people are connecting to each other, tapping into resources well beyond the scope of the local area, collecting and soliciting items that are needed…  just look at this… how else could all of this happen? How else can the needs of the people of this neighborhood be met so effectively and efficiently? It continues to amaze me as I follow all of my friends from “home” (while in Connecticut) and the Guyon Rescue group that was founded to help and support the people of the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island. They even have a website now !

Here is a small snapshot of what has been happening Facebook in a short amount of time…

Requesting items of immediate need (changing by the minute– and Facebook gets it out there):

Facebook is also the way to “rally the troops” and keep spirits high:

Facebook is the place to “wish for things” and have them appear. Believe me, they do!

Facebook is the place to thank the generous people of this world who have been donating beyond everyone’s expectations:

And how else would the word spread about services that are available?

Facebook even announces a Thanksgiving meal being hosted in someone’s home and other opportunities available:

And Facebook is the place that we thank the friends and strangers (who have now become friends) for the amazing work they are doing every day:


How else would the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy have turned into the most amazing grassroots, life changing experience for victims and volunteers?

Thanks Facebook! 

Seriously FEMA,  Red Cross! Get down on the ground, “in the grass”, and see what’s going on here.  A LOT is getting done, day in and day out, for the people who need it most. Can you put a few agents out there in  Oakwood Beach, Midland Beach, South Beach, Breezy Point, Coney Island, Rockaways, and on the Jersey Shore to connect and support the grass-roots efforts happening here… no red tape. Just get it done. You, too, can use Facebook!

P. S. This post (it’s my 50th blog post! yay me!) is dedicated to all my amazing “childhood” friends from Oakwood/ Flint Street, who have created a lifetime of memories in this special place for me to cherish. These are the people who have now become my friends in adulthood, thanks to what else?….FACEBOOK! Thank you ALL for continuing to make memories with me (and for letting me “tag a long!”)

And Gayle Judith Parascandola-  Your tireless effort since the storm hit has been nothing short of amazing. You make me want to do more every day! You have brought new meaning to “please and thank you.”

Flint Street FOREVER!