Monday, May 23, 2016

Hex 6-10: Final Project

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

Assignment: Research an issue from within the nine elements of digital citizenship and create a bibliography using Noodletools (one person per topic) and a digital project using a tool of your choice (Prezi, Google Slides, Emaze, etc).  

Sign up for your topic in the comments section of this blog post ("Final Project"), 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 have at least five sources.
-You must use at least one print source (a source that originated in print, although you may be viewing it as a digital source).  Some good options:  Cybersmarts or other ebooks on; books in the library; or articles in a database (Super Search, EBSCO, etc.)  [Websites are NOT a print source]
-You can include (not required) no more than one video or audio clip on your topic.
-You must use Noodletools to create your Works Cited.

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

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 
-Evaluation of websites
-Internet in the workplace (future of technology)
-Technology in schools 

5.  Digital Etiquette
-Appropriate use of technology in society

6.  Digital law
-Copyright and/or plagiarism
-Music and copyright
-Pirating, downloading, or file-sharing
-Cybercriminals and/or cybercrime divisions of law enforcement
-Laws dealing with cyber acts 

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

8.  Digital Health and Wellness
-Physical issues (carpal tunnel, headaches, neck or eye strain, etc.)
-Psychological issues (addiction, depression, sleep issues, etc)

9.  Digital Security
-Internet safety 
-Identity theft
-Online schemes/scams (phishing, etc)
-Malware, viruses, spyware, etc.
-Antivirus, firewalls, etc.
-Data collection by companies (big data, cookies, data mining)
-Government leaks (Wikileaks, Edward Snowden)
-Data breaches

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hex 6-9: Digital Security

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

Activity: Friend or Fake

Guide to Social Networking 

Things to Think About with Social Media:
-limit your friends list
-privacy controls (check often)
-"privacy fatigue" (read privacy guides, know new features)
-malicious apps, phishing, malware (similar to email)
-future job hunting
   -These will impact the most: lifestyle; inappropriate materials (comments, photos, etc) made by you OR your friends/relatives; comments criticizing your work (employees, coworkers, clients, etc); membership in certain groups 
   -Positive online reputation will help
   -Do not disclose a username and password in an interview

Video: Think Before You Share (Top 10)

HW: Internet Contract

Part II: Scams

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

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 in your life that might be susceptible to scams?

The Internet: Cybersecurity & Crime

Cybercrime: Hacking Goes Way Beyond ID Theft

-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])
-Identity theft

Video: Identity theft targets kids

Video: Identity theft stories

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

Activity?: Scams and Schemes

Kahoot?: Digital Security Quiz

Part III: Sexting

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

2-What are some consequences of sexting?  
Consider child pornography before forwarding.

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

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

Part IV: Passwords

1-How frequently do you change your passwords?

2-What makes a good password?

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

Activity:  Creating a Good Password

Part V: Digital Footprint/Misc.

1-Did you know websites/companies collect your personal information (cookies)?

2-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

Monday, May 16, 2016

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

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).  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!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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 (if time allows)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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: Creator's Rights

Monday, May 9, 2016

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.