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.