With the way things have been changing the last 10 years or so when it comes to kids having social networks, we should be able to teach children digital citizenship. Why? There are so many reasons, but here the top reasons why:

  1. Cyber bullying: Almost everyday, kids are bullied at school for whatever reason. But it doesn’t end there. Now, kids can be picked on over the internet (Facebook, myspace, twitter, etc.). Sometimes it gets so out of control that it becomes painful for the victims even to the point of death. Every year, there’s always a teenager committing suicide as the result of cyber bullying. These bullies don’t understand the consequences of their words, but possibly don’t even care. Don’t believe me? Take a look at these articles:

http://www.covenanteyes.com/2012/01/17/bullying-statistics-fast-facts-about-cyberbullying/

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/TheLaw/teens-charged-bullying-mass-girl kill/story?id=10231357#.T9RA2bBfE4Q@

2.  To Teach Students What to Post and What Not to Post: We all understand that kids will do stupid things.        But what happens when they post things on the internet such as inappropriate pictures, say the most controversial things, etc.? They could hurt them in the future whether they’re looking for a job, etc. Here some resources that proves my point:

http://www.whoswatchingcharlottesville.org/social.html

http://youtu.be/SCaKuAdKumA (just a funny, but to the point reason to watch out what you post)

http://www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety/kids-social.aspx

I’m sure there’s more out there, so I might post more later. But overall, we should be able to teach kids how to be a digital citizen

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Digital Footprints

June 10, 2012

So I watched the list of videos about digital footprints, and let me tell you, I’m a little scared. It got me thinking, “Do I have anything on my Facebook page that would be objectionable?”, have people for whom I applied for looked at my Facebook profile?”, etc. I kind of knew about things like this, but I didn’t realize how scary it was. When I first started putting things up for this class (profile pics, words for my wordle stuff, etc.), I thought of how my educator would judge me because I don’t want this educator or any other educator think bad of me and possibly not hire me. I’ll be honest though, sometimes I wonder why some employees should judge people on their pics, posts, etc. To me, it seems a little judgmental and in a way hypocritical of them since they might have pics of them drinking, videos of them doing something stupid, etc. But that’s world we live in, so I’m just going to have to do my best on posting appropriate things. What I can do to have a positive “digital footprint” is look through my pics on Facebook and delete the ones that could send a  bad message and be more aware of what I’m posting. Whenever people post things, they need to post what they do for a living, volunteer work, what they have done in the past, what kind of hobbies they like to do, their lesson plans their grades, etc. By posting these things, 1. the parents will be able to see how their child is doing in school and bring concerns to the teacher, 2. show how relatable you are to not only parents but to students as well, and 3. be a great resume when the school board is wanting to hire you. Oh and for pictures, please make sure that they’re appropriate. At most, just a profile pic of your face would suffice.

Another thing I did was search myself on the web and here are some interesting things that I found on myself:

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I’m quite happy that actual pictures of me aren’t on google, but I was surprised to see that most of the pictures here are of Lucy Nolan, who is apparently a news person, and all because we have somewhat similar names. Some other pictures on there (which are not shown) are of Lucille Ball from I Love Lucy (which really wasn’t a big surprise for me). These findings are pretty interesting from just googling my name.

Here are a couple of resources about digital footprints:

http://youtu.be/Aydi5JjsjMU

I think this will be a good video for everyone to watch because they need to know the dangers of leaving a digital footprint such as someone hacking into your computer for example. Fortunately, they also tell you how to protect yourself. Just watch the video, and you’ll be wanting to protect not only yourself, but kids as well.

http://youtu.be/xmhyAE7KyEY

This video points out tips on what to post, what not to post, etc. I think it would be beneficial for everyone (parents, kids, teens, employees, etc.) because they need to understand the consequences of what they post.

The moral of the story: be careful on what you post because it could haunt you for the rest of your life

So I watched five inspirational videos from tec.com, and I have to say that they definitely have awesome talks. My personal favorite videos that I watched were the “Mathemagic”, “What Adults Can Learn from Kids”, “Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry Demo Sixth Sense”, “Chris Abani Muses on Humanity”, and “Learning from Sherman the Shark”. I see them more as being inspirations for the students to be able to want to learn or do something with their lives. For example, the Mathemagic video showed his love for magic through math. You heard me. Math. But it was so cool. He was able to do square roots of numbers in his head (even large ones at that), tell you what day you were born just by the date of your birth (if I was tell him my birthday, he would say that I was born on Thursday. By the way, I had to look it up so don’t go thinking that I’m a magician), etc. I got a hoot out of it since I didn’t believe anybody was that smart. He proved me wrong though. The way that I look at it is that if my students saw this video, they would be amazed, see how much fun it is, and would actually want to learn math. Another example would be the Learning from Sherman the Shark. The creator of the comic discusses his love for drawing as a kid and how he came to drawing sea creatures. As he was doing his discussion, I noticed that he talked about some facts about sea creatures (that sharks were around for millions of years, etc). Not only would this video inspire students to be creative but also teach them things if they were to draw real life animals by going out and studying them. I would show all these videos in my classroom and hope that they would be inspired to learn more in class.

I’m not gonna lie. I’m guilty of multitasking. I do it almost everyday which is not good. I multitask mostly when I’m doing homework by looking at youtube or facebook. I know it’s a horrible habit, but what can I do? Habits are hard to break. I can at least try. The more I think about the negative effects it had on me, the more I understand that it made not want to pay attention in class or sometimes I go off into la-la land. Sometimes I don’t do well on the homework as I should. I get passing grades, but not the kind I want sometimes. I need to figure how to pay more attention in class and do better on my homework. Anyway, I never realized how bad it was. I found out that multitasking has negative effects on students by them not doing well in school (failing tests/homework for example) or getting distracted easily. I didn’t even think that it would also have negative effects on their social skills. When kids spend so much time on the computer, they might develop social problems. I don’t want my students to be like that. Whenever I thought about how I wanted to decorate my classroom, I wanted posters with bright colors and neat stuff on it, but I may need to think about it a little more. I want to get posters that aren’t going to distract the students from their lessons. Something educational, yet inspirational. I would have a quiz for my students at least every two weeks to see how well they’re doing in class, and if things don’t go well I might have a teacher conference with their parents to discuss the importance limiting the kids’ time on the computer. Of course, they may not appreciate it. It’s worth a shot though. I honestly don’t know if there is a way to use student multitasking tendencies for educational purposes, but it would be worth finding out by actually paying attention to our students and asking them questions finding out what they like. When we find out what they like, we can use it as an advantage for educational purposes. Let’s hope that things do get worse with all this multitasking business.

Before I saw the videos, I always thought that I wouldn’t use technology as much in the classroom. I would use a couple of things with technology like computers and overhead projectors. But after watching the videos, I realized how important it is to use technology of all kinds in my classroom because we’re in the digital age. Everybody is using laptops, cell phones, iPads, etc. We’re practically getting to the point where even elementary aged kids have cell phones (which I do not agree with, but that’s just me). Anyway, all three videos had the same message that said teachers should learn how to technology. The first two videos definitely agreed on that teachers shouldn’t be against technology so much. Times are changing and so are the kids. We as teachers should be able to adapt to the new changes that are going on right now. The one thing that upsets me in the first video was with the little girl who’s dad was in the army. He wasn’t able to come to show and tell, but he was willing to still talk to the class via skype. Unfortunately, the teacher wouldn’t let her. I was outraged by that. Her dad was willing to still be a part of her life even though he was far away, and the teacher just told her no. That’s not right. So what if the teacher doesn’t like technology. It was a good was way to teach the class about his job. That made me look at myself and think, “Do I want to be one of those teachers that’s against technology?” I was always so negative against technology since I’m not really good at it, but after seeing this, I want to learn how to use technology and bring into my classroom. Another thing that surprised me was the high percentage of teachers who don’t use technology at all (75% and 63%?!). The only difference I saw between the videos was that second video made it look like the donation commercials that we see on TV making it look like that the kids would suffer. I understand that in a way yes they will suffer education wise, but it will not be the end of the world as we know it. The first video was the opposite of it. Yes, it showed how important it is for teachers to learn to use technology, but it didn’t make it all sad. The way I would use technology for the classroom would be to get iPads for everyone that has the text books they need on it. They would be able to follow along what I’m teaching whether it be history, science, etc. I would also let them use technology for projects (cameras for photography projects, computers for science, etc.). There is much I could do with technology.

So I went to the tech chicks website, and let me tell you I liked it. The girls are funny, informative, and down to earth. The way they wrote their blogs and did their pod casts made themselves relatable to everyone who read or listen to their episodes. They post websites that they discovered and explain the process and the programs to help the viewers understand how to use them. They’re very informative if you ask me. I like how they try to find free websites for everyone since not all people can afford to buy websites and they’re all about free, too. I can use the websites they found for my classroom from planning events to teaching a lesson that gets students engaged. Apparently, they took sessions on apps (iOS for example) and put the info on their website. I didn’t even know people had learning sessions for apps. I guess you learn something new everyday.

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