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 (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

-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

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
-Cybercriminals and/or cybercrime divisions of law enforcement
-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.)

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 
-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

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?

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?

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?

Video: Your Digital Footprint

Activity:  Privacy and Your Digital Footprint

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hex 6-8: Digital Health & Wellness


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?

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-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


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

Video:  Stopping Word Thieves

Part III:


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


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?

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: Music & copyright

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hex 6-5: Digital Etiquette

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?

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

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

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.