Friday, May 15, 2015

Hex 6-10: Final project

For your final project for this class, you will be researching and creating a project on an issue within digital citizenship.

Research an issue from within the nine elements of digital citizenship and create a presentation (one person per topic).  Your information should be an extension of what we have talked about in class, NOT regurgitation of what we have already covered (this should mostly be new information).  The majority of your information should come from your sources (not from your head, a friend, or anybody off the street that isn't an expert on your topic).

Sign up in the comments section of this blog post, identifying the element AND the topic--first one to post gets the topic (you must include your first name, the element of digital citizenship, and the topic to claim first rights).  Let me know if you have any ideas that are NOT on the list (but fit within one of the nine elements).

Other requirements:
-You must use at least one print source.  Some good options:  Cybersmarts ebooks on Mackinvia.com (under Groups); books in the library; or articles in a database (Super Search, EBSCO, etc.)  [Websites are NOT a print source]
-You must include at least one video or audio clip on your topic (under 5 minutes), either that you find through your research OR you can record an interview with an expert (example:  Miss Bechtold, the nurse, other adults in your life) or someone who has real-life experience with your topic
-You will be presenting in front of the class using Google Presentation, Prezi, or any other Web 2.0 tool that would work for presentations of this type.  You may have a time limit for your presentation (TBD)
-You must include in-text citations and a Works Cited page created using Noodletools

Also:
-Try to include a real-life example (a real person's story--can be someone you know, but it can be something you find online or in your video)


Possible Topics within the Nine Elements: 
1. Digital Access
-digital divide (in America or internationally)
-disabilities that prevent access
-filters
-censorship

2.  Digital Commerce
-buying or selling online

3.  Digital Communication
-Cell phones in society
-Creating community through online methods
-Social media and society

4.  Digital Literacy
-Search strategies and evaluation of websites
-Internet in the workplace (future of technology)
-Technology in schools

5.  Digital Etiquette
-Appropriate use of technology in society OR in schools

6.  Digital law
-Copyright and plagiarism
-Music and copyright
-Pirating, downloading, or file-sharing
-Hacking
-Cybercriminals and/or cybercrime divisions of law enforcement
-Cyberterrorism
-Laws dealing with cyber acts (for example, what is the consequence for specific cyber crimes in the state of Iowa or other states?)

7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
-Acceptable use policies (public computers, specific websites, etc.)
-Cyberbullying

8.  Digital Health and Wellness
-Physical issues (such as:  carpal tunnel, headaches, using technology with disabilities, etc.)
-Psychological issues (addiction, depression, sleep issues, etc)

9.  Digital Security
-Internet safety 
-Sexting
-Predators
-Passwords
-Identity theft
-Online schemes/scams
-Viruses, spyware, etc.
-Data collection by companies (big data, cookies, data mining)
-Government leaks (Wikileaks, Edward Snowden)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hex 6-9: Digital Security


http://senior-learning.wikispaces.com/file/view/lesson4-art.png/278606920/645x363/lesson4-art.png

Video:  Friend or Fake

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?

http://transmissionsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DANGER-INTERNET-AHEAD-PROCEED-WITH-CAUTION.png

Activities:  Guide to Social Networking; Are You Web Aware?; Scams and Schemes


Part II


3-What is sexting?  Why would someone do it?

4-What are some consequences of sexting?

5-Do you think teens today feel pressured to sext?

6-What should you do if you receive an unwanted sext?

Activity (if time allows): What Happens Next?



Part III

7-How frequently do you change your passwords?

8-What makes a good password?


http://splashdata.com/press/WorstPasswords-2013.jpg


Activity:  Creating a Good Password



Part III

9-Did you know websites/companies collect your personal information?

10-What are some issues with leaks of government information (Wikileaks, Edward Snowden)?

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



http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids/Get%20the%20facts/~/media/Cybersmart/General%20Archive/Archive/digitalFootprint2.png

Video: Your Digital Footprint


Activity:  Privacy and Your Digital Footprint

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hex 6-8: Digital Health & Wellness

Consider:

1-What are some possible physical issues that could happen because of technology?

2-Can you think of some "danger zones" at school or at home for physical issues?  


http://internetsavvy.wikispaces.com/file/view/health.jpg/200142334/461x138/health.jpg


http://mobihealthnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/LumoBack-infographic.jpg

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


https://nfsdigitalcitizenship.wikispaces.com/file/view/Computer_Workstation_Variables.jpg/136622773/269x401/Computer_Workstation_Variables.jpg


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7960acdb88d010a689afcc915/images/Ribbet_collage_infographic2.jpg

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


http://blog.jammer-store.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/mental-health.jpg

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

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

Video:  Internet Addiction


Activity (if time allows):
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.  Choose a positive way to help them and a negative way.  Act out for the class.


Extra Credit (choose one):

1-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.

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

2-Write a detailed plan to solve a digital health and wellness issue of someone in your life (you do not need to share names).  Options:  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 5, 2015

Hex 6-7: Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Consider:

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:

Review:

1-What is plagiarism?

2-What are some consequences of plagiarism?

3-How can you avoid plagiarism?

MLA Documentation

Video:  Stopping Word Thieves



Part III:

Consider:

1-What is cyberbullying?

2-What are some examples of cyberbullying?

3-What are some consequences of cyberbullying?

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

5-True or False:  Most kids do not cyberbully or sext.

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

Video:  Let's Fight It Together
Video:  Stand Up...Be InCtrl!
(positive response to bullying)

Activity:  Cyberbullying Poster


Monday, May 4, 2015

Hex 6-6: Digital Law

Consider:

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?




http://cloudfront.sproutfund.org/files/2014/10/pirating-music1.jpg



Part II


Consider:

1-What is copyright?

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)?


http://blog.kunvay.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Copyright-CutOut2.jpg

Video:  What's Mine Isn't Yours


Video:  Music Plagiarism


Activity: Music & copyright


Friday, May 1, 2015

Hex 6-5: Digital Etiquette

http://wallpaper.mohoboroto.com/images/892729-mobile-manners-cell-phone-etiquette-do-not-use-cell-phones-when-in.jpg

Consider:
1-Have you ever been annoyed in public by other people on their cell phones or other devices?  Give examples.  When and/or where can the use of cell phones be considered impolite, inappropriate, or illegal?



https://www.wow247.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/popes.jpg

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


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ty1MoTdJZYA/TK2FTqedmeI/AAAAAAAAAFw/sZqACDrcmxI/s1600/CELL+PHONE+CITATION.jpg

3-When are appropriate and inappropriate times to use cell phones in school?  Consider texting, listening to music, answering a call, taking photos/video, social media, etc.


http://www.grandhaventribune.com/sites/www.grandhaventribune.com/files/styles/large/public/cell_phone.gif?itok=-lNa-O4L

4-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





http://www.techbrother.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/funny-cell-phone-quotes.jpg

5-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, etc.


Video: Word Crimes



Activity (if time allows):
Come up with 5 rules regarding cell phone use in public and post them in the comments section.  Be sure to include first names only of your group members.



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hex 6-4: Digital Literacy

Part I:

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

Picking the Right Search Terms 
https://docs.google.com/a/madrid.k12.ia.us/presentation/d/1JFaDwf3_mHVe-O0lqlGRibCD_Hv6zle58YsbUcanzDM/present?slide=id.i0

Understanding Search Results 
https://docs.google.com/a/madrid.k12.ia.us/presentation/d/1KQg1jH5zPK2tXP4CIHcPFyeGMhcX81mh2BpAzbWUbeg/present?slide=id.i0

Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results 
https://docs.google.com/a/madrid.k12.ia.us/presentation/d/1C3Lte1CFgc4WSw8ydeEhF8BhHdXBFxGnXKpSCGsH6XE/present?slide=id.i0

Discuss:
-Boolean operators
-Advanced Searching

Evaluating Websites  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLZ-ne0csto

Discuss:
-What would make you suspicious of a website?
-What are some clues to help you tell if a website is trustworthy?



Part II:

Consider:

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


http://blog.mindjet.com/2013/12/innovation-culture-soctech-wired/


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?


Assignment:
Interview a parent or trusted adult and ask them one or both of the following questions, recording their response 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)? 


Hex 6-3: Digital Communication

Consider:

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




http://hub.salesways.com/is-your-sales-team-using-social-media-effectively/


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


6.  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?  





Friday, April 17, 2015

Hex 6-2: Digital Commerce

https://digitalcitizenship-2a.wikispaces.com/Digital+Commerce

Consider:

1-What are some concerns with shopping online?

2-How can you know that you are on a secure site?

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?



http://www.businessinsider.com.au/teens-digital-behavior-changes-2014-10


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

2-lock symbol, statements of security, encryptions

3-Always talk to your parents before buying or selling anything online, especially before paying and before meeting someone face-to-face


Assignment:
Comment on this blog post with 2-3 sentences about your parents' opinions on online shopping.  If you're not sure, ask your parents before responding (or have your parents respond for you!).  Be sure to put your first name only on your comment, and be sure to comment on the post for Hex 6-2: Digital Commerce.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hex 6-1: Digital Access


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? 


http://blog.jobsfirstnyc.org/2011/09/bridging-digital-divide-in-new-york.html

 Consider: 
-physical limitations
-financial/economic limitations
-geographic limitations (national and international)
-filters
-censorship 
-technology limitations (mobile phones vs. computers)


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)

Video: Bridging the Digital Divide
(0-2:40)

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

(Optional) Video:  Five Lessons in Bridging the Digital Divide



http://ologie.com/2013/06/bridging-the-brand-gap/

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 paragraphs on your ideas in the comment section, using the requirements assigned to your group.  

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?


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hex 6: Digital Citizenship (overview)

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


http://cohort21.com/garthnichols/action-plan/digital-citizenship-curriculum/

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?


http://www.edudemic.com/first-five-days-of-digital-citizenship-at-your-school/


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

Group roles:
-Facilitator (you like to take charge and can keep everyone on task)
-Recorder (you can write and type quickly)
-Spokesperson (you like to talk)
-Abstract thinker (you can think of creative ideas)

Everyone should contribute!

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 of your group members.






Hex 6: Expectations


For this class, you will participating in a class blog several days a week.  On the blog, you may be discussing, writing responses, questions, or comments, responding to others, and turning in assignments.

Remember that what you write will 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)
  • Be mindful of who can/should read this (feel free to share with your parents)
  • Respond in the comment section for the correct day/post
  • Use your first name ONLY (but be sure to include a name so you can get credit)

Discussion of issues related to digital citizenship will be important in this class.  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 assignments may be necessary.  While we are discussing issues, be sure to:
  • Pay attention and listen to others 
  • 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


IF YOU ARE ABSENT:
Look first on the blog to see what you missed that day. Answer and turn in any questions for the day (and watch any videos), and then check with Mrs. Arrants for any additional activities you missed.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hex 5-10: Final Project

For your final project for this class, you will be creating a project on an issue within digital citizenship.

Research an issue from within the nine elements of digital citizenship and create a presentation (one person per topic).  Your information should be an extension of what we have talked about in class, NOT regurgitation of what we have already covered.  The majority of your information should come from your sources (not from your head, a friend, or anybody off the street that isn't an expert on your topic).

Sign up in the comments section of this blog post, identifying the element AND the topic--first one to post gets the topic (you must include your first name, the element of digital citizenship, and the topic to claim first rights).  Let me know if you have any ideas that are NOT on the list (but fit within one of the nine elements).

Other requirements:
-You must use at least one print source.  Some good options:  Cybersmarts ebooks on Mackinvia.com (under Groups); books in the library; or articles in a database (Super Search, EBSCO, etc.)  [Websites are NOT a print source]
-You must include at least one video or audio clip on your topic (under 5 minutes), either that you find through your research OR you can record an interview with an expert (example:  Miss Bechtold, the nurse, other adults in your life) or someone who has real-life experience with your topic
-You will be presenting in front of the class using Google Presentation, Prezi, or any other Web 2.0 tool that would work for presentations of this type.  You may have a time limit for your presentation (TBD)
-You must include in-text citations and a Works Cited page created using Noodletools

Suggestions:
-Try to include a real-life example (a real person's story--can be someone you know, but it can be something you find online or in your video)


Possible Topics within the Nine Elements: 
1. Digital Access
-digital divide (in America and/or internationally)
-disabilities that prevent access
-filters
-censorship

2.  Digital Commerce
-buying and/or selling online

3.  Digital Communication
-Cell phones in society
-Creating community through online methods
-Social media and society

4.  Digital Literacy
-Search strategies
-Evaluation
-Internet in the workplace
-technology in schools

5.  Digital Etiquette
-Appropriate use of technology in society OR in schools

6.  Digital law
-Copyright and plagiarism
-Music and copyright
-Pirating, downloading, or filesharing
-Hacking
-Cybercriminals and/or cybercrime divisions of law enforcement
-Cyberterrorism
-Laws dealing with cyber acts (for example, what is the consequence for specific cyber crimes in the state of Iowa or other states?)

7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities
-Acceptable use policies (public computers, specific websites, etc.)
-Cyberbullying

8.  Digital Health and Wellness
-Physical issues
-Psychological issues (addiction, depression,  etc)

9.  Digital Security
-Internet safety 
-Sexting
-Predators
-Passwords
-Identity theft
-Online schemes/scams
-Viruses, spyware, etc.
-Data collection by companies (big data, cookies, data mining)
-Government leaks (Wikileaks, Edward Snowden)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hex 5-9: Digital Security


http://senior-learning.wikispaces.com/file/view/lesson4-art.png/278606920/645x363/lesson4-art.png

Video:  Friend or Fake

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?

http://transmissionsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DANGER-INTERNET-AHEAD-PROCEED-WITH-CAUTION.png

Activity:  Scams and Schemes


Part II


3-What is sexting?  Why would someone do it?

4-What are some consequences of sexting?

5-Do you think teens today feel pressured to sext?

6-What should you do if you receive an unwanted sext?

Activity (if time allows): What Happens Next?

Part III

7-How frequently do you change your passwords?

8-What makes a good password?


http://splashdata.com/press/WorstPasswords-2013.jpg


Activity:  Creating a Good Password



Part III

9-Did you know websites/companies collect your personal information?

10-What are some issues with leaks of government information (Wikileaks, Edward Snowden)?

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



http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids/Get%20the%20facts/~/media/Cybersmart/General%20Archive/Archive/digitalFootprint2.png

Video: Your Digital Footprint


Activity:  Privacy and Your Digital Footprint

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hex 5-8: Digital Health & Wellness

Consider:

1-What are some possible physical issues that could happen because of technology?

2-Can you think of some "danger zones" at school or at home for physical issues?  


http://internetsavvy.wikispaces.com/file/view/health.jpg/200142334/461x138/health.jpg


http://mobihealthnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/LumoBack-infographic.jpg

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


https://nfsdigitalcitizenship.wikispaces.com/file/view/Computer_Workstation_Variables.jpg/136622773/269x401/Computer_Workstation_Variables.jpg


https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7960acdb88d010a689afcc915/images/Ribbet_collage_infographic2.jpg

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


http://blog.jammer-store.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/mental-health.jpg

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

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

Video: Are You Addicted?
(0-2:30)


Activity (if time allows):
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.  Choose a positive way to help them and a negative way.  Act out for the class.


Extra Credit (choose one):

1-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.

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

2-Write a detailed plan to solve a digital health and wellness issue of someone in your life (you do not need to share names).  Options:  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!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hex 5-7: Digital Rights & Responsibilities

Consider:

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:

Review:

1-What is plagiarism?

2-What are some consequences of plagiarism?

3-How can you avoid plagiarism?

MLA Documentation

Video:  Stopping Word Thieves



Part III:

Consider:

1-What is cyberbullying?

2-What are some examples of cyberbullying?

3-What are some consequences of cyberbullying?

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

5-True or False:  Most kids do not cyberbully or sext.

6-Do you think cyberbullying is a problem in our school?

Video:  Let's Fight It Together
Video:  Stand Up...Be InCtrl!
(positive response to bullying)


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hex 5-6: Digital Law

Consider:

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?




http://cloudfront.sproutfund.org/files/2014/10/pirating-music1.jpg



Part II


Consider:

1-What is copyright?

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)?


http://blog.kunvay.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Copyright-CutOut2.jpg

Video:  What's Mine Isn't Yours


Video:  Music Plagiarism


Activity: Music & copyright


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hex 5-5: Digital Etiquette

http://wallpaper.mohoboroto.com/images/892729-mobile-manners-cell-phone-etiquette-do-not-use-cell-phones-when-in.jpg

Consider:
1-Have you ever been annoyed in public by other people on their cell phones or other devices?  Give examples.  When and/or where can the use of cell phones be considered impolite, inappropriate, or illegal?



https://www.wow247.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/popes.jpg

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


http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Ty1MoTdJZYA/TK2FTqedmeI/AAAAAAAAAFw/sZqACDrcmxI/s1600/CELL+PHONE+CITATION.jpg

3-When are appropriate and inappropriate times to use cell phones in school?  Consider texting, listening to music, answering a call, taking photos/video, social media, etc.


http://www.grandhaventribune.com/sites/www.grandhaventribune.com/files/styles/large/public/cell_phone.gif?itok=-lNa-O4L

4-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





http://www.techbrother.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/funny-cell-phone-quotes.jpg

5-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, etc.


Video: Word Crimes



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



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hex 5-4: Digital Literacy

Part I:

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

Picking the Right Search Terms 
https://docs.google.com/a/madrid.k12.ia.us/presentation/d/1JFaDwf3_mHVe-O0lqlGRibCD_Hv6zle58YsbUcanzDM/present?slide=id.i0

Understanding Search Results 
https://docs.google.com/a/madrid.k12.ia.us/presentation/d/1KQg1jH5zPK2tXP4CIHcPFyeGMhcX81mh2BpAzbWUbeg/present?slide=id.i0

Narrowing a Search to Get the Best Results 
https://docs.google.com/a/madrid.k12.ia.us/presentation/d/1KQg1jH5zPK2tXP4CIHcPFyeGMhcX81mh2BpAzbWUbeg/present?slide=id.i0

Discuss:
-Boolean operators
-Advanced Searching

Evaluating Websites  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLZ-ne0csto

Discuss:
-What would make you suspicious of a website?
-What are some clues to help you tell if a website is trustworthy?



Part II:

Consider:

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


http://blog.mindjet.com/2013/12/innovation-culture-soctech-wired/


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?


Assignment:
Interview a parent or trusted adult and ask them one or both of the following questions, recording their response 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)? 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Hex 5-3: Digital Communication

Consider:

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




http://hub.salesways.com/is-your-sales-team-using-social-media-effectively/


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


6.  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?  





Friday, February 27, 2015

Hex 5-2: Digital Commerce

https://digitalcitizenship-2a.wikispaces.com/Digital+Commerce

Consider:

1-What are some concerns with shopping online?

2-How can you know that you are on a secure site?

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?



http://www.businessinsider.com.au/teens-digital-behavior-changes-2014-10


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

2-lock symbol, statements of security, encryptions

3-Always talk to your parents before buying or selling anything online, especially before paying and before meeting someone face-to-face


Assignment:
Comment on this blog post with 2-3 sentences about your parents' opinions on online shopping.  If you're not sure, ask your parents before responding (or have your parents respond for you!).  Be sure to put your first name only on your comment, and be sure to comment on the post for Hex 5-2: Digital Commerce.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hex 5-1: Digital Access


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? 


http://blog.jobsfirstnyc.org/2011/09/bridging-digital-divide-in-new-york.html

 Consider: 
-physical limitations
-financial/economic limitations
-geographic limitations (national and international)
-filters
-censorship 
-technology limitations (mobile phones vs. computers)


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)

Video: Bridging the Digital Divide
(0-2:40)

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

(Optional) Video:  Five Lessons in Bridging the Digital Divide



http://ologie.com/2013/06/bridging-the-brand-gap/

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 paragraphs on your ideas in the comment section, using the requirements assigned to your group.  

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?


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hex 5: Digital Citizenship (overview)

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


http://cohort21.com/garthnichols/action-plan/digital-citizenship-curriculum/

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?


http://www.edudemic.com/first-five-days-of-digital-citizenship-at-your-school/


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

Group roles:
-Facilitator (you like to take charge and can keep everyone on task)
-Recorder (you can write and type quickly)
-Spokesperson (you like to talk)
-Abstract thinker (you can think of creative ideas)

Everyone should contribute!

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 of your group members.