Lord of the Flies and Online Presence

THIS IS ABOUT KIDS ON AN ISLAND THE FAT ONE IS CRUSHED BY A ROCK.” Click here for the original.

I think everyone knows what book is being summarized.

Many people find the plot of Lord of the Flies extreme and difficult to believe. Would human beings really turn on each other like that?

Try disagreeing with someone in an anonymous forum some time and you’ll see what humanity is capable of saying.

I wonder if Lord of the Flies offers an argument for greater a teaching presence online. In my experience working with students in online learning communities, reminding students that there is an expectation to demonstrate respect in online networks is a quick way to prevent Lord of the Flies style cyber-rock attacks.

So while this does not mean that we should all be rushing to “friend” students on facebook, I think we should look to education leaders to provide teachers with tools to offer instruction through the digital medium.

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