Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Hex 6-9: Digital Safety

Today we're talking about:
  • How can you stay safe online?
  • What are some scams you need to avoid?
  • What are some guidelines for making good passwords?
  • What is in my digital footprint?


Part I: Dangers on the Internet

Activity: Are You Web Aware?

1-What are some possible dangers on the Internet?  Is the Internet a dangerous place?


2-When is it OK to share personal information online? What kinds of personal information are NOT OK to share?  What kinds of personal information are OK to share?

Video:  Friend or Fake

Article: Think Before You Share

Video: Think Before You Share (Top 10)

HW: Internet Contract

Things to Think About with Social Media:
-limit your friends list
-privacy settings/controls (check often)
-"privacy fatigue" (read privacy guidelines, know new features)
-malicious apps, phishing, malware (similar to email)

Article: Six Tips for Choosing Safe Mobile Applications

More Things to Think About:
-future job hunting
   -These types of posts will impact future career plans the most:   
    lifestyle; inappropriate materials (comments, photos, etc.) made 
    by you OR your friends/relatives; comments criticizing your 
    past jobs (employees, coworkers, clients, etc); membership in 
    certain groups 
   -Positive online reputation will help
   -Never disclose a username and password in an interview

Activity: Safe Online Talk (Red Light, Green Light)

Part II: Scams


1-What are some different ways that you can be digitally scammed?

(poster hanging at Iowa State)

2-What can you do to make sure that you are not a victim of a scam?

3-What advice would you give to adults (especially older adults) in your life that might be susceptible to scams?

The Internet: Cybersecurity & Crime

Types of scams/hacks: 
-malware (connected to flash drives, embedded in files, downloads, email attachments)
-pop-ups (scareware ["Your computer is infected"], malicious advertising/contests)
-spyware (record keystrokes, screenshots, video, audio, browsing)
-ransomware (hold computer hostage until you pay)
-backdoor (hidden access to computer, besides malware)
-public wifi ("listen" to others, rogue router [not the wifi you think you're connecting to], "shoulder surfing," theft [don't leave unattended])
-private wifi (piggybacking [unauthorized use on private wifi--slows speed, could be doing illegal activity or "listening," hackers share locations]; turn off if not in use [vacation])

Activity: Scams and Schemes

-Identity theft

Video: Identity theft targets kids

Article: How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft 

Data backup
Software patches
Antivirus software (only trust warnings from a legitimate source)
User knowledge/education
   -Do not click on unknown links! (hover over link)
   -Do not give personal/confidential information over the phone!
   -Phishing emails may use personalization or play on your emotions

(Optional Activity)

Part III: Passwords

1-How frequently do you change your passwords?

Video: The Password Problem 

2-What makes a good password?

Most Used Passwords
Source: Computer Security Literacy: Staying Safe in a Digital World

Source: Better Buys

 Source: Better Buys

Video: A World Beyond Passwords

Activity:  Creating a Good Password

Dice Activity (optional)

Password Tester
(just for fun)

Part IV: Digital Footprint/Misc.

1-Did you know websites and companies legally collect your personal information? What are the positives and negatives?
In the News: Disney Sued Over Gaming Apps

2-Should the government keep information private? What are some issues with leaks of government information (Wikileaks, Edward Snowden)?

3-What is a digital footprint?  What is on your digital footprint?


Video: Your Digital Footprint


Activity:  Privacy and Your Digital Footprint

Today's Takeaway:
-It's important to know how to be safe when using technology

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Hex 6-8: Digital Health & Wellness

Today we're talking about:

  • What are some health issues related to technology and what can we do about it?


1-What are some possible physical issues that could happen because of technology? In other words, problems related to the body that stem from technology use.

2-Can you think of some potential "danger zones" for physical issues?  




Other: burns, temporary blindness, injuries when not paying attention

What can you do about them (to avoid them, to fix them, etc.)?



3-What are some possible psychological problems that could happen because of technology?


Consider:  addiction, isolation, stress, depression, anxiety/social anxiety, sleep disorders, mental issues associated with cyberbullying, etc.

4-Do we need to be constantly entertained?  What's good about being "bored"?

Video: We Need to Talk about Kids and Smartphones



5-What can you do if you or someone you know is exhibiting some of these behaviors?

Video:  Internet Addiction

Site: Warning Signs of Internet Addiction

Addiction Test

In the News: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Article: Dealing with the Device-Addicted Generation
Article: How to Wean Yourself Off Smartphones and Social Media

6-What are these two images saying?

7-How important is the opinion of other people to you? How important should it be?


1-Choose one of the following images and write several sentences on the meaning of the picture.

Today's Takeaway:

-It's important to be aware of physical and psychological issues that can happen because of technology

Choose an Activity (if time allows):
1- Choose a partner and create a short scene where one person has any digital health and wellness issue and the other person is a friend trying to help them with their issue.  Show a positive way to help them and a negative way.  Act out for the class in a 2-3 minute skit.

2-Find an article or video that talks about physical, psychological, or emotional health and technology.  Write a summary of your article, including the important points (3-5 sentences), in the comment section of this post.  Be sure to include the URL of your article or video.

Possible topics/search terms include:  technology AND addiction, isolation, carpal tunnel, posture, eye strain, lack of exercise, etc.   

3-Write a detailed plan to solve a digital health and wellness issue of someone in your life (you do not need to share names).  Try to have 4-6 steps of things they can do to solve their problem. Ideas:  a plan to help them through addiction or isolation, a map/photos with a change to help with ergonomics, best items to buy to help with carpal tunnel or other ailments, etc.  Be specific!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hex 6-7: Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Today we'll be talking about:

  • What are some rights and responsibilities you have a digital citizen?
  • What is plagiarism and how can you avoid it?
  • What is cyberbullying and what can you do about it?


1-What rights (freedoms or privileges) do you have when using digital technology?

2-What responsibilities do you have when using digital technology?

3-What are some ways that you can use technology responsibly?

4-True or False:  Everyone is responsible for a positive online experience.

Part II:


1-What is plagiarism?

2-What are some consequences of plagiarism?

3-How can you avoid plagiarism?

MLA Documentation

Part III:


1-What is sexting? Can you get in trouble for sexting?

In the News:

2-What is cyberbullying?

3-What are some examples of cyberbullying?

4-What are some consequences of cyberbullying?

4-What should you do if you are a victim of cyberbullying?

6-True or False:  Most kids do not cyberbully.

7-Do you think cyberbullying is a problem in our school?  If it is, what can we do about it?

Activity: Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line

Activity: Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding

Today's Takeaway:
-Everyone has rights and responsibilities to follow when using technology, which will help everyone have a positive experience

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Hex 6-6: 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/Activity: 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

Today's Takeaway:
-It's important to know and follow laws relating to technology

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hex 6-5: 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?  

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 

Today's Takeaway:
-Be considerate and appropriate with your technology use

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, April 26, 2018

Hex 6-4: 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)?

Today's Takeaway:
-It is important to know how to use technology efficiently and appropriately to get the most out of your time online