Digital Footprints

          This week in my Digital Learning and Leadership class has been somewhat rewarding. I have found that my digital footprint is good. No negativity at all! I have learned about net neutrality and the importance of keeping up with the laws concerning it. Using technology is what we do everyday, we must be responsible and teach responsibility to our students. If we do not teach our students right from wrong there is a big possibility that they will never be taught. Many parents do not have good digital citizenship and the ones that do often do not pass the rules on to their children.

          Technology plays a big role in our lives, even if we don’t want it too. I think technology is great when used properly, Seeing people that do not know what to do with themselves without a phone or computer accessible to them at all times is sad to me. I think that connectivity and technology is amazing and honestly I don’t think we will ever live in a world where it is not necessary to be connected. Technology is how we get almost all of our assignments together and share with our students, I personally use the internet on every project we do to show my students real life examples of what they are doing. It allows us to connect with family, friends, co-workers, it is how we shop, pay bills, it is our encyclopedia for anything we might need to know about, it is the backbone of most businesses and schools. Technology is the wave of the future, if we don’t get on board and use it to better our students then we are not giving them what they will need to advance with their futures.

          Unfortunately technology and the internet open up many opportunities for people to hurt others. We must teach our students the importance of being safe, what is acceptable or not to share, and the consequences of not displaying good digital citizenship. We have to make them aware that there are people who intend to do them harm to try and better themselves. Hacking bank accounts, stealing identities, harassing, cyberbullying are all some of the negative aspects of technology that we have to deal with and introduce our students to. We have to model and teach our students what is proper to share on the internet and what could possibly be very dangerous for them, their friends, and family.

          I also learned more than I knew before about a digital footprint. A digital footprint is everything we put on the web that everyone has access to forever. It is a digital description of ourselves. Once something is put on the internet is there for everyone to see, it can’t be undone. It is of utmost importance that we make our students aware that everything they display in the cyber world will follow them forever. This is so important for their futures. They often post things that they do not even think about, they are not thinking that their future college or job is going to look at their digital past. A simple google search will reveal a lot of information about everyone. I have not personally dealt with problems from my digital footprint but I do know many people who have.

          Nicholas Negroponte (2002) asked, “Can learning happen where there are no schools?” My answer – 100% yes. On the most basic level we learn everyday outside of the classroom. This sometimes has nothing to do with technology, but often times it does. Working and doing things with my children at home teaches both them and myself many lessons and how do improve on how we do things. If we only learned in the classroom we would have a very hard time making it in the real world. I personally feel like through my education I have learned just as much out of the classroom as I have within. I have learned and still learn from my family and friends in a real world setting, not a classroom. My wife and I always work together to help each other and instill this in our children. Learning happens in all of our everyday lives, it is up to us to utilize and pass on what we learn to others.

          The young children from Cambodia in the video, “A 30-year history of the future”, are perfect examples of how we can learn without an actual classroom. There was no real teacher per say, the students taught each other. They shared what they learned and different ways of doing things with one another. In a few instances Negroponte pointed out that one of the students would take on the role of a teacher and stand before the others and share. This is a perfect example of learning outside the classroom. When technology is including in real world learning, especially in third world countries I would think that a big issue would be access to electricity. They have access, but I can see where there could be problems with having adequate electricity for everyone. There are issues and problems with the plan of everyone across the world being connected, but I think we are headed in the right direction to make this happen.

 

References:

Negroponte, N. (2014, July 8). A 30-year history of the future | Nicholas Negroponte [RED Talks]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/5b5BDoddOLA


Some references that I have found helpful are listed below.

An introduction to net neutrality. (2014) Retrieved from http://www.marshalldata.com/2014/05/an-introduction-to-net-neutrality-what-it-is-what-it-means-for-you-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

Detwiler, J. (2016, December/January). Technology and the American teenager. Popular Mechanics, 193(1), 100-107.Detwiler_Technology and the American Teenager.pdf

Lenhart, A. (2015). Teen, social media and technology overview 2015. The Pew Research Center. Retrieved fromhttp://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/

Madden, M., & Raine, L. (2015). Americans’ attitudes about privacy, security and survellance. Retrieved from http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/05/20/americans-attitudes-about-privacy-security-and-surveillance/

Ohler, J. (2011). Character education for the digital age. Educational Leadership, 68(5), 187-205. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb11/vol68/num05/Character-Education-for-the-Digital-Age.aspx

Ross, M. (2014). Digital natives-digital immigrants engaging the Google generation. Forum Lectures. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/fourm_lectures/100  Ross_Digital Natives-Digital Immigrants Engaging the Google Generation.pdf

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