Friday, April 20, 2018

Hex 6-2: Digital Commerce

Today we'll be talking about:
  • What are the pros and cons of online shopping and selling?
  • How can you stay safe when buying and selling online?


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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hex 6-1: 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

Activity (if time allows):
With your table group, come up with ideas about bridging the digital divide for one of 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 (if applicable)
-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?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hex 6: Digital Citizenship (overview)

Today we're talking about:

  • What is digital citizenship?
  • How does a responsible digital citizen behave?

In this class, we will be focusing on 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship.

Video: Living in a Digital World

Consider the following questions:

1.  What does it mean to be a citizen of a community (school, city, state, national, etc.)?

2. What are some rights and responsibilities of a citizen?

3.  How is being a digital citizen similar and different to other kinds of citizens?

4. Where can you find policies of different websites?  Why is looking at policies important?

Next, you will be creating rules of conduct for being a responsible, positive citizen online, with your table groups.  

Come up with five rules for proper behavior when using the Internet.  

Share your five rules in the comment section of this post.  Comment as Anonymous, but be sure to put the first names or initials of your group members.

Hex 6: Blog Expectations

For Digital Citizenship class, you will participating in our class blog at  The blog will contain questions for discussion, information, short assignments, etc. 

Remember that anything you write online could be seen by others in this class, in our school, in our community, and possibly even around the world.  Keeping that in mind, here are several expectations when participating in our class blog:
  • Be respectful to others
  • Be academic in your writing (spelling, grammar, etc.)
  • Stay on topic (no random posts)
  • Respond in the comment section for the correct day/post to receive credit
  • Use your first name or initials ONLY (no name=no credit)

Discussion of issues related to digital citizenship will be important in this class. Each of us may have experiences or heard stories that can add to our discussion for the day. You may be asked to respond in writing to what we have discussed, so be sure to pay attention!  If discussion isn't working out, additional written assignments may be necessary.  While we are discussing issues, be sure to:
  • Pay attention and listen to others (don't repeat the same answers)
  • Participate in the discussion, if you have something meaningful to add to the topic
  • Be considerate--do not interrupt or put down what someone else has to say

Look on the blog to see what you missed that day. Look at the information and videos, consider the discussion questions, and respond to any assignments for the day. Then check with Mrs. Arrants for any additional activities you missed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Hex 5-9: 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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hex 5-8: 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?

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

Video: We Need to Talk about Kids and Smartphones

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


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

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

What are these two images saying?

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.

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!