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To be honest, I haven’t been really looking forward to this post. I’ve already been really focused on Common Sense Media and I’m looking forward to being certified for my job this summer. I thought it I would just write everyone. Everyone is responsible. But then I started thinking more about how we are taught about how to live in the “physical world” and for me, ideas expanded beyond just students.
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Copyrighting is an interesting idea, and one that is viewed differently across cultures and countries. Where I live now, I’m not sure any copyright laws are seen as worthy of following. I see illegally downloaded video shops on the corners, people in the markets selling “designer” brand articles, really cheap software in not so original packaging. While I don’t frequent these stores or purchase their products I see heaps of people who do. They aren’t really concerned about the copyright, they want the information or the product.
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When I think about Fair Share I think about three basic concepts, taking what we need, sharing what is useful for others and balancing our lives.
How worried am I about privacy? Depends on how I’m feeling I guess. I go the total roundabout way to being concerned. I know I don’t like people tracking me. I have some add-ons (Collusion) for Chrome that I use to see what’s going on (and block known trackers). Here’s what I saw yesterday when I started this post.
I know when I’m online I’m connected, I know advertisers use this to collect data, I am slightly worried about how else that information gets used, but my biggest concern is data collection for advertising, because regardless of my deliberate actions I am helping someone make money by just looking around online. I am very happy that the internet is relatively accessible and cheap (especially here in Cambodia for me). So if advertising is supplementing that, right on, I just don’t want them to gather data about me, and sell it, especially since I purchase so many things online.
I read this book in January and found it incredibly interesting.
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The whole idea that nothing is private, is astounding (and mostly true). But how much should we care about it. The scariest thing for me in this book was the idea that you could only have one true identity online. Right now I have three different profiles open on my chrome browser, work, personal, professional. So I go to different websites based on who “I” am. That way, I’m using my data the way I want.
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I’m really happy we started talking about digital footprints, more specifically the benefits of a digital footprint. I remember talking about this problem in course 1. I still am confused why we aren’t giving students a larger say in our “Empowered Use Policy”. As a school we are still using an Acceptable Use Policy, and like the article mentions the fear mongering behind what that means. Sadly with some of the points in our Acceptable Use Policy I feel like we are making students scared and are making them fearful of technology.
This past year I have been focusing on a “Positive Digital Footprint” or what I call (I stole this from somewhere but it was so long ago I forget) “Positive Media Presence”. By empowering students and showing them the benefits of a Positive Media Presence” we encourage them to make good choices and dig deep into what the internet is for, and how we can use it to make our lives better.
So, when should we start talking about digital footprints? As soon as possible I would thing. At our school students are creating showme presentations as young as Early Years, which means these students need to know that other people can see their work (even if it is not tied to their accounts). Obviously we don’t need to do this in a negative way, but we can start creating excitement for what it means to be a contributor to a larger discussion.
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We shouldn’t stop talking about digital footprints either, or a positive media presence. One of the reasons I signed up for COETAIL, was to continue improving my media presence, to make me more connected, not just to promote myself but to make those connections that are so necessary for success (not only mine but collaborated).
This is one of my biggest concerns, and finally I read about it on Edudemic.
I’m not really sure how I feel about this though. While it does talk about rare earth elements and how important they are, I guess I was hoping for more about the how and the why to teach it.
Many tech teachers (well the ones that I know) all feel this is important, but with limited explicit tech teaching time, we may miss out on these opportunities to talk about recycling products that have things we desperately need if we are to continue this style of life.
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While I think it is great that companies like Dell (above) and Apple (when you search for it) have recycling programs, I think we have to move beyond that for tech. By making producers responsible for the goods they create, making the source responsible for recycling, upcycling, repurposing whatever we might be better off.
For those tinkerers and people who want to mess around with the device, they can pay a premium to own it, but other than that, I think our devices should be rented, returned, upgraded and then brought back into our hands, or our classrooms or whatever.
Here in Cambodia, we can’t access these types of recycling programs, so we are just contributing to massive waste by living in a place with no access to these programs (I do go to Singapore often, and would bring my products there, but it seems like a hefty price to pay both with engine fuel and cash to recycle something small like an iPad).
Awhile ago I read in the Big Issue that many Australians have extra mobile phones just hanging around the house, so all of these rare earth elements can’t be extracted. If producers were responsible, I’m sure it would cut down on this type of waste.
Not really sure where I’m headed with this, but how can we teach about sustainability while using technology, any ideas?
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I worked with the teachers (in my role as tech coach) to start blogs with the students. We discussed what we knew about migration, we interviewed our parents or grandparents about migration and posted this on our blogs, and then talked about digital citizenship and what it means when we migrate online.
Luckily I was taking this course while our unit was going on, we changed a lot of things, and have a better plan for next time we do the unit. What was great for me, is that every teacher has now adopted blogging as a form of reflection, and they have asked to use blogger as their digital portfolio. The students had people commenting (not just other students) on their blogs and were enthusiastic about the reflection process. It’s been a great first unit in COETAIL, I learned a lot, and I’m looking forward to using my network to help me and my colleagues imbed tech a little more authentically.