Thursday, March 22, 2018

Hex 5-6: Digital Law

Today we'll be talking about:

  • What are some laws and consequences concerning digital issues?
  • What is copyright and why is it important?


1-Do you share music, games, movies, etc. with your friends?  

2-What are some consequences for illegal downloading, file sharing, pirating, etc?

3-What is your opinion on sharing files?

Part II


1-What is copyright?

Video: Rework, Reuse, Remix

2-What does copyright protect?  Why is it important?

3-How can we obey copyright in our school work?

4-What are the consequences for breaking copyright (in school, in college, at work, etc)?

Video:  What's Mine Isn't Yours

Video:  Music Plagiarism

Activity: Creator's Rights

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hex 5-5: Digital Etiquette

Today we're talking about:
  • When should I be using/not using my digital devices?
  • What are some guidelines when writing digital communication?

1-Have you ever been annoyed in public by other people on their cell phones or other devices?  Give examples of poor cell phone etiquette.

2-Should cell phones or other technology be banned in some places?  In what places and under what circumstances?

3-When are appropriate and inappropriate times to use cell phones in school?  
-How could cell phones help you learn? How could cell phones distract from your learning?  
-Is there anything you want teachers to know or understand about your cell phone use?

Consider texting, listening to music, answering a call, taking photos/video, social media, etc.

Side question: Should students be friends with teachers on social media?

4-What are some things to keep in mind when borrowing someone else's computer? Examples: a friend, a parent, or a public computer

Consider: closing windows, changing settings, shutting down, privacy, etc.

5-How can we protect people's privacy on social media?  How can we avoid spreading gossip or starting rumors?  

6-What is "tech shaming"?  Why is it inappropriate? 

7-How can technology negatively affect your relationships?  What would be some good rules to help build relationships?
Example: no cell phones at the dinner table

Video: Device-Free Dinner

8-Email and other technological communication is now common in school and the workplace.  What are some guidelines (things to do and not do) when writing emails or other workplace communications?  

Consider: textspeak, capitalization, spelling, jokes, subject line, closing/greeting, all caps, etc.


Always try to catch  your mistakes:

Video: Word Crimes 

Activity (if time allows):

Come up with 5 rules with your table group regarding cell phone use in public and post them in the comments section.  Be sure to include first names or initials only of your group members.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hex 5-4: Digital Literacy

Today we'll be talking about:

  • How can I improve my search engines searches?
  • What are the criteria for evaluating websites?
  • How is the Internet important in school and work?
  • What are some digital tools I can use in the future?

Part I:

Take notes (form provided) on the following presentations/video:

Picking the Right Search Terms

Understanding Search Results

Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results

-Boolean operators
-Advanced Searching

Evaluating Websites:  

-What would make you suspicious of a website?

-What are some clues to help you tell if a website is trustworthy?

Part II:


1-What are issues with using the Internet in schools?

2-What are issues with using the Internet in the workplace?  Consider legal, ethical, and productivity issues

3-What kind of skills will be necessary for jobs in the future?

4-How can the Internet be used positively in the classroom?

Project: Exploring Online Tools

Interview a parent or trusted adult and ask them one or both of the following questions, recording their response (at least 2 sentences total) in the comment section of this blog post:

1-How/when do you use technology in your job?  For example, how do you use technology in a regular work day?

2-What do you think is the future of technology in the workplace (in your field or others)?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hex 5-3.5 Media Smarts

Today's Activity: Media Smarts

Focus on the following lessons, but after you complete these, you can try others on the page.  You should not be on any other websites today.

Jo Cool or Jo Fool
Click If You Agree
Allies & Aliens

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hex 5-3: Digital Communication

Today we'll be talking about:

  • Why is communication important?
  • What are pros and cons of digital communication?
  • What are some ways of making digital connections?


1. Why is making a connection with other humans important?

2.  How is digital communication different from face-to face?  What are the pros and cons of digital communication?

3.  How can you make positive online connections?

4.  What are some specific challenges, barriers, or misunderstandings that can happen with digital communication?

5. What can people tell about you from your online communication?

Activity: Share with Care

6.  What are some differences in the ways you communicate with your friends, family, teachers, boss, etc?  

Activity: Communicating Across Platforms; Building Community Online

Optional question/activity (if time allows):
7.  A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is an informal learning network that consists of people and websites that you learn from and/or communicate with.  Everyone has a PLN, whether or not they are on social media or not.  

What is in your PLN?  What could you add?  

Monday, March 5, 2018

Hex 5-2: Digital Commerce

Today we'll be talking about:
  • What are the pros and cons of online shopping and selling?


1-What are some concerns with shopping online?

Side question:  Have you heard of bitcoin?  What have you heard?What do you think of it?  Is it the future of digital commerce?

2-How can you know that you are on a secure site?  Should you use secure sites on a public computer for shopping?

3-What are some ways to make sure you can be safe when shopping online?

4-What should you (as a young adult) always do before shopping online?

5-What are some ways to stay safe when selling items online?

Some considerations:
1-identity theft/stolen financial information, scams

2-lock symbol, statements of security, encryptions, colors (none, blue [standard security], green [extended validation])

3-When using public computers, you may want to use private browsing (incognito) and "Clear All History"

4-Keep track of card activity
   -check bank and credit card statements carefully
   -check bank and card policies, but in general:
     -debit card: 2 days to dispute ($50 liability); up to 60 days,    
     liable for up to $500; after 60 days, loss not covered
     -credit card: 60 days to dispute ($50 liability); not covered after        60 days

5-Research retailers, particularly out of the U.S. (may not be covered for loss)

Comment on this blog post with 2-3 sentences about your parents' opinions on online shopping.  You should ask your parents before responding (or even have your parents respond for you!).  Be sure to put your first name or initials on your comment, and be sure to comment on this post for Digital Commerce.

Handout: Cyber Consumer Safety Tip Sheet

Friday, March 2, 2018

Hex 5-1: Digital Access

Today we'll be talking about:

  • Why is access to technology important?
  • What are some limits to access, such as censorship and filters?
  • What is the digital divide and what can we do about it?
  • What is net neutrality?

Consider the following questions:

1.  Why is access to technology important?  What are some things you must have technology for in today's world?

2.  What are some ways that access to technology can be limited?

-physical limitations
-financial/economic limitations
-geographic limitations (national and international)
-technology limitations (mobile phones vs. computers)
-public wi-fi concerns

Video:  Internet Censorship

"Participation gap" is defined as "the unequal access to the opportunities, experiences, skills, and knowledge that will prepare youths for full participation in the world of tomorrow."
(Harlan, Mary Ann.  "Standing on a Corner: The Access Gap in Rural Communities."  Teacher Librarian.  Oct. 2014: 38-42.)

3.  What are some of the opportunities, experiences, skills and knowledge that students without access are missing?  In other words, what are they going to be missing when they graduate and go to college or into the working world?

(Communication, creation, collaboration, discovery, evaluation, innovations, networking/PLN)


4.  What can be done about lack of access?  Whose responsibility is it to ensure access?

Video: Net Neutrality

Question (answer in comments):
What is your opinion of net neutrality?  Write 2 sentence in the comments.

Activity (if time allows):
With your table group, come up with ideas about bridging the digital divide for the following factors:  physical, financial, geographic, filters, or censorship.  Type several short paragraphs on your ideas in the comment section, using the limitations assigned to your group.  

Try to include:  
-Specific problems with access to technology for your group 
-Specific ideas to bridge the digital divide for your group.  Think about specific things that you and people you know can do, as well as big ideas.  Use your own ideas, but you can do some quick research as well.
-Write a short response on how it felt to use technology with your limitations.  How did it feel?  How did you compare your groups to other groups?  Did it feel fair?