Funny , isn’t it? How serendipitous life can be? Last week I was muttering about how to overcome the bias some teachers and most parents have regarding the use of social media as a blended instructional approach. Well, this week one of my ethics teachers invited me into her classroom to discuss cyberbullying . Apparently, she sees me as the resident expert on all things Facebook, BBM, and Twitter (considering my fledgling experience in this area, this is truly scary!!) This was hot on the heels of the previous week’s School Community Council’s Parent Night featuring a guest speaker addressing the very issue of bullying and social media. I suspect she was looking toward me to spell out the doom and gloom of Facebook and cel phones which would be a reasonable expectation, considering our school’s and school division’s rather strict policy regarding their usage – no cel phones in classrooms without teacher permission; Facebook is blocked for student and teacher use in our school. Instead, I came to class armed with a multimedia assault – launched with clips featuring Dana Boyd , key quotes and media stats, a TEDtalk video arguing that social media actually builds intimacy as opposed to inoculating us from authentic relationships (a belief I held as recently as 6 months ago), links to my Blog, the EC&I 831 Blog and the subsequent Twitter responses (Kids were wowed by Visible Tweets which I had scrolling in the background), I delivered what apparently was a surprising message to my students. Considering my recent pedagogical shift, I have to say, it was a surprise to me also. My message? Embrace technology it is the literacy of the present and will if it does not already, define your world and frame your experiences. In addition, I chatted about Digital citizenship and digital identity – citizenship and identity are changing. As we use social media we must be aware of who has access to the information and how that information is being used. For students who are often unaware of digital footprints, this comes as a bit of a shock. The question is how do we best address changing citizenship and identity with our students in our existing curricula? Should it be left up to the technology teachers? The ethics teachers? The humanites teachers? Do we earmark it at a certain grade level? Or, does the solution lie in all teachers adopting technological pedagogy which just as literacy pedagogy argued that all teachers, regardless of curricular expertise, were literacy teachers, all teachers are responsible for technological literacy. What are your thoughts?