DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP REFLECTION WEEK 5

 

Over the past five weeks I learned about Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship, before taking this course, I had limited information about digital citizenship. Learning about copyrights and copywrongs was very enlightening. Honestly, there were many things I had not known before this course. This course allowed me to get a good grasp of how digital citizenship can be applied in real life. The required course resources were extremely detailed and helped me comprehend the material.

My biggest accomplishment in this course was learning about digital footprint. I am now more responsibly using digital tools and trying to create positive digital footprint. I have been trying to enlighten my whole family about this, since my children are teens, and can easily leave negative footprints about themselves. The other accomplishment for me was creating PowToon. Even though it took me many hours to figure out the functions of the PowToon, at the end it paid off. I had a very fruitful video that hopefully will inform others the way it helped me.

I must confess that this course was the most challenging course so far. I was overwhelmed by how much work I was required to do. Completing all the required readings, discussion board prompts, videos, weekly assignments, reflections and quizzes were really time consuming. Since this course had distinct types of formats I had tough time until I got used to it. But in the end, I have become even more digitally literate.

My best work for the course was probably the reflections I wrote in every week because it allowed me to think about digital citizenship elements that can be applied in my homeschool settings. Finishing assignments and case studies provided me with deep understanding of the digital citizenship concept. Among the meaningful things I learned in this course, the most useful ones were Digital footprint and Fair Use. I think Digital citizenship is not a one-time lesson and that it is a very important topic. Therefore it should be extended into two courses to make it easy to understand. Because of this course, not only did I benefit, but I have also spread the word to my family.

As a parent, I am even more aware of the importance of cyberbullying and digital dishonesty. I believe now I can assist the other parent-teachers more effectively.

This is one of the most developed online classes that I have ever taken. I must say that the past five weeks have been extremely challenging but valuable to me. Throughout this course I learned very valuable information about digital citizenship It is necessary to learn digital citizenship and its components. I would suggest that the other students should read the weekly assignments carefully and take in information slowly but consistently.

I would also help to take notes and finish quizzes beforehand. Whenever they have chance, they should reread the required materials. Overall, it was very informative course to take to better understand digital citizenship. I fully understood that our actions in the digital world can have an influence on others. I suggest these things because I learned a lot in the course that gave me new insight and value, but it came with hard work.

References

Ohler, J. (2012). Digital citizenship means character education for the digital age. Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 77(8), 14-17. (PDF: Ohler_Digital_citizenship_means_character_education_2012.pdf)

Ribble, M. (2016). Nine Elements. Retrieved October 7, 2017, from http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html

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DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP MANTRA AND CULMINATING ESSAY

My digital citizenship mantra is”Be respectful, responsible and productive both in person and online”.

My digital citizenship related video can be seen here

CULMINATING ESSAY

Understanding the Digital Citizenship Elements

Introduction

In today’s technology-driven world, the internet is the most inclusive and easily accessible source of information. As it is being more available to everyone, schools, educators and parents are understanding that there is another component to education that cannot be overlooked; digital citizenship. Digital citizenship is gaining more attention due to recent events stemming from cyberbullying suicides and other Internet-related issues. The purpose of this literature review is to analyze primarily digital citizenship and its nine elements.

The Elements of Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship is a very broad topic and everybody has their own point of view about it, but they all come down to the same concept. Ribble (2015) describes digital citizenship as” It is the safe, savvy and ethical use of the Internet. Terry Heik (2015) defines digital citizenship as “The quality of habits, actions, and consumption forms that impact the ecology of digital content and communities”. On the digital citizenship website, digital citizenship has been described as “It is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use”. My interpretation of digital citizenship is simply being respectful, responsible and productive while using digital environment. According to Ribble and Bailey (2007), digital citizenship includes nine different dimensions: digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette, digital law, digital rights and responsibilities, digital health and wellness, and digital security. Nine elements of digital citizenship are interdependent to each other. In order to make it easy to understand the digital citizenship, Ribble categorizes the nine elements under the three relevant principles: Respect, Educate and Protect.

Digital Access

This is the first element of digital citizenship. Digital access ensures the complete participation of all citizens in an electronic environment and is outlined as “full electronic participation in society”(Ribble , 2017).

Digital Commerce

Digital commerce is the second principle of digital citizenship that means electronically buying and selling of goods. Digital natives are consumer and outcome-oriented so they really like to purchase online. But unfortunately, they do not have the experience to buy things online. They lack knowledge of sensitive information of online shopping. This concept is probably the most troublesome component of digital citizenship for teachers to address in the classroom. Educators may think it is not their obligation to instruct students to be informed, however, online purchasing has become a key factor in students’ lives, making it mandatory to teach all aspects of these online transactions (Ribble,2015).

Digital Communication

The third tenet of digital citizenship is “digital communication” which basically states the exchange of information. In the19th-century people started using letters, telegraphs, and telephones in order to contact people and make business in other towns and countries. Advancements in technology significantly shifted the way people interacted with one another. Out of all of the ways of communications, the internet is the most common tool. For that reason, people need to know the basics of online communication. In daily life, many people or companies use e-mail as it provides a record of the message. The issue of disrespect online seems to occur because of the fact that online communication is not same as speaking to someone face-to-face. Companies are much more disrespectful online than in person.

Digital Literacy

The fourth of the digital citizenship component is called “digital literacy” which is the skill to complete tasks effectively in a digital environment. Digitally literate people can read, reproduce, evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.

Ohler (2012) expresses that digital citizenship or “character education” should be the main concern for educators. Technology-infused learning is being universal every day so teachers should be digitally literate to foster a sense of digital citizenship.  Even though digital tools are available in most schools, teachers are slow to transform the ways they teach because many lack the knowledge or skill of using digital tools.  Technology is here to stay, so teachers should try to meet the student’s actual needs and help them in complementing their education using technology in a meaningful way. Instead of participating irrelated seminars or workshops, admins and teachers should get necessary training and guidance about being a good digital citizen.  Designers of digital tools and educators should corporate with each other.

Digital Etiquette

Digital etiquette means being aware of ethical rules while using virtual environment. Common sense, politeness, and respect are the three indispensable components that everybody should keep in mind when digital etiquette is mentioned. From an early age, students should be educated about the appropriate and inappropriate ways to treat one another. It is essential that students transfer that understanding of appropriate behavior into the digital world. They should fully understand that their actions in the digital world can have an influence on others.

Many of the students right now, unfortunately, do not care about digital citizenship and moral values. They believe that they should be allowed to use anything on the internet. Both parents and schools ought to be in charge of teaching children the appropriate meaning of digital etiquette. Everyone, including homeschool students, should also learn to effectively and responsibly use technology.

Digital Law

The digital law is “the electronic obligation for actions and deeds” (Ribble, 2011, p. 31). It involves legal topics like intellectual assets and copyright laws. Copyright laws avoid the reproduction, distribution, modification, performance, etc. of another person’s intellectual work. With the internet, information can be accessed or shared very easily and quickly, but we should always remember our responsibility and consider the appropriateness of the material. While using someone’s work, we should give credit to the author of the copyright holder. Disregarding the laws and obligations do not protect us from confronting the real consequences in the physical world. Parents and educators should address the appropriate conduct, the best practices for technology use and the consequences for misconduct of technological resources.

 

Digital Rights and Responsibilities

The sixth element of digital citizenship is digital rights and responsibilities. People are establishing connections with other people in the digital world and should, therefore, act according to rights and responsibilities. The Internet provides more freedom and rights than the real world. As long as internet users know their limit and accountability, digital technology has the potential to open many doors. Everybody should be aware of this privilege and should act accordingly. All the internet users are members of the digital world, and they have right to express themselves freely in the virtual environment.  Digital rights and responsibilities are particularly important to my organization because homeschool students and parents are the main users of the internet.

Digital Wellness and Health

Digital wellness and health is another element of digital citizenship which defines the means of being physically and mentally well.

According to research that was conducted, Pew Internet Project (2012) teenagers and adults are very occupied with technology and social interactions. Some 95% of teens ages 12-17 are online, 76% use social networking sites, and 77% have cell phones. Moreover, 96% of those ages 18-29 are internet users, 84% use social networking sites, and 97% have cell phones. Apparently, Googling, emailing, texting and online chatting is becoming a very significant part of our daily life. After this online engagement, while some people can easily unplug themselves from the internet, others might find it very difficult to disengage from the appealing sides of internet use.

Unfortunately, using digital technology frequently can cause a physical and mental disorder. People who are exposed to the internet for extended periods of time have a hard time of focusing because their attention span reduces, and later on in life, they cannot even complete a single task. Alvaro Retana, a notable technologist with Hewlett-Packard, shares concerns about human ability and future challenges and he states that the short attention spans resulting from the quick interactions will be detrimental to focusing on the harder problems, and he expects stagnation in many areas: technology, even social places such as literature”. Another problem that is quickly escalating all around the world is called internet addiction. Like other types of addictions, it makes users dependent and withdrawn from the real world. In the long-term, those types of people can harm themselves or others, and the outcomes may be very detrimental. In addition, children spend a great deal of time with the computer causing obesity, carpal tunnel, and eye strain. Rapidly flashing images can even trigger epileptic seizures, as indicated by authors of “The Impact of Home Computer Use on Children’s Activities and Development,” published by Princeton University. People should be aware of these dangers that the internet holds.

Digital Security:

Digital security is the last element of digital citizenship. Today, increasing number of individuals are consistently involving with digital devices and environments. Digital security covers protecting ourselves and others from outside effects that might cause harm. Throughout online interaction, more sensitive data is recorded, which is why protecting the information should be everyone’s priority. The advantages of technology are apparent – but there are also some security threats. We install security systems to protect our home, and we should possess the same concern for internet connections. We need to be aware of the possible risks and should take precautions to ensure our safety in the virtual environment.

Digital Footprint

Information technology has brought a lot of convenience in life. It has never been so easy to access things with little effort for such a low cost. From the comfort of our home, we can do many things. No matter what the purpose is, wherever internet is used, people leave a footprint behind, which is referred to as “Digital Footprint”. Digital footprints can be left with many ways like web searches, credit card purchases, bank accounts, phone records, medical records and so on.

The digital footprint is unique like fingerprints. It’s like a digital passport that keeps track of where we are on the internet.  We have both an intentional and unintentional digital footprint (Ohler,2015). The intentional footprint is one that noticeable, consciously created, proactive, manageable and controllable. The unintentional footprint is one that is uncontrollable, passive and unnoticeable.

Cyberbullying

In his article (2001) Marc Prensky calls the 21st-century adults as an immigrant of this age and the new generation as a digital native. According to him, today’s students are the first generations to grow up with modern technology.

No doubt, the internet is the most remarkable innovation and if it is used properly it can be an extremely useful tool for everyone. However, like every other invention, it has a gray side. Children, whose age and psychology are immature to understand the inappropriate contents, face the danger of growing up with a distorted and even psychic psychology due to some ill sites like virtual casinos, internet cafes, virtual matchmaking and pornographic sites.

Instant messaging, chat rooms, emails, and social networking sites might lead problems like cyberbullying. In recent years, there have been so many situations in the media that informs kids are suffering from cyberbullying in and out of the school. Even though homeschool learners’ physical interaction with their friends is limited, they might be the victim of cyberbullying without their parent’s notice. Due to these types of problems, they may have to face terrible outcomes and consequences. Cyberbullying is described as “willful and repeated harm caused using computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices” (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015). It consists of posting humiliating videos, sending hateful-harassing messages, making offensive comments, spreading lies, and even death threats on social media profiles. Even though the online world is open to every age group, particularly the teenagers are the ones primarily exposed to interact with virtual strangers. Since they lack life experience, they are not able to handle possible threats appropriately and they eventually make mistakes.

Ferriter (2011) points out that “Students who see digital tools as vehicles for collective action around ideas they believe in are less likely to engage in risky behaviors online because they see social media spaces as forums for learning first and entertainment second”. Consequently, the problem occurs when students see social media forums as an entertainment first and learning second.

Conclusion

This culminating essay is the conclusion of what I have grasped in four weeks. During this course, I have learned a lot of valuable information. This course provided new insights and a fresh perspective including nine digital citizenship elements, digital footprint, cyberbullying and much more.

I think it was lack of foresight to present internet to the public before preparing the internet infrastructure and rules. It is obvious that digitally literate parent’s only can make a notable difference by modeling and inspire the students with proper usage of digital tools. So, our duty is to instruct our children about being protected online and show how to be a good Digital Citizen. If we show and challenge our learners to think about appropriate ways to utilize technology tools, they could think critically and interact responsibly in our digital world (Common Sense Media, 2016).

The Internet is being an important part of teaching and learning every year.   Nevertheless, many students, educators, and parents still do not know how to use technology appropriately. Like every innovation, the internet has some cons. While enjoying the advantages of the internet, we should be aware of its dark side and take the necessary steps to avoid online hazards. At school digital citizenship should be given as a curriculum. Every year educators are facing diverse types of problems. Students’ problems and needs are exposed to change; therefore, rules and policies should be altered to meet learner needs in schools. There should be programs that are prepared by the school community. These communities should consist of teachers, counselors, librarians, educational technology and curriculum specialists, and IT managers. All the members should actively engage in the process and take the required training for the success of the program. After all, is done, students can be expected to behave as they should in the digital world, both within the school and outside of the school.

 

 

References

Ferriter, W. M. (2011). Digitally Speaking. Educational Leadership68(7), 92.

Heick,T. (2013). The Definition of Digital Citizenship. Teachthought.com. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/digital-citizenship-the-future-of-learning/the-definition-of-digital-citzenship/

Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyperbullying. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Ohler, J. (2012). Digital citizenship means character education for the digital age. Education Ohler, J. (2012). Digital citizenship means character education for the digital age. Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 77(8), 14-17. (PDF: Ohler_Digital_citizenship_means_character_education_2012pdf)

Ohler, J. (2015). Digital Footprints, Digital Citizenship Beyond School. Retrieved September 16, 2017, from http://www.jasonohler.com/wordpressii/?page_id=51

Prensky, M. (October ,2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, 9(5). Retrieved October 4, 2017, from http://marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky

Rainie, J. A. (2012, February 28). Main findings: Teens, technology, and human potential in 2020. Retrieved October 05, 2017, from http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/02/29/main-findings-teens-technology-and-human-potential-in-2020/

Ribble, M. (2011). Digital citizenship in schools. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.

Ribble, M. (2015). Digital Citizenship in Schools: Nine Elements All Students Should Know. International Society for Technology in Education.

Nine Elements. (n.d.). Retrieved October 06, 2017, from http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html

Subrahmanyam, K., Kraut, R. E., Greenfield, P. M., & Gross, E. F. (2000). The Impact of Home Computer Use on Children’s Activities and Development. Retrieved September 27, 2017, from https://www.princeton.edu/futureofchildren/publications/docs/10_02_05.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

CYBERBULLYING

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This week in Digital Citizenship class we focused on cyberbullying issue. After reading required text book and watching videos I gained a new insight and a fresh perspective on cyberbullying. Especially Monica Lewinsky’s video: “The price of shame” was eye-opening for me. One more time I understand that making empathy is crucial in every aspect of life because a world without it would be chaotic and vulgar.

No doubt, internet is the most remarkable innovation and if it is used properly it can be an extremely useful tool for everyone. However, like every other invention it has gray side that people need to be aware of it. Apparently instant messaging, chat rooms, emails and social networking sites are leading diverse types of problems like cyberbullying, pedophiles, pornography and bad reputation.   In recent years there have been so many situations in the media that informs children are suffering from cyberbullying in and out of the school and the number of the victims are increasing every day. Due to literal distance some people speak more straightforwardly, harsher or crueler than their real-life interactions with the other people. So, what is cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is described as “willful and repeated harm caused using computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices” (Hinduja & Patchin, 2015). Cyberbullying consists of posting humiliating videos, sending hateful-harassing messages or even death threats, spreading lies, making offensive comments on social media profiles.

There are several types of cyberbullying. These are frequently encountered types of cyberbullying ones: Harassment, flaming, exclusion, outing, masquerading.

Even though online world is open to every age group particularly the teenagers are the most exposed to interact with virtual strangers. Since they do not have enough life experience most of the time they are not able to handle possible threats appropriately and make mistake. It is so sad to see that our kids are suffering from cyberbullying.

My generation was so lucky because after school we could go out of our homes and play games with friends on the streets. But this century’s children’s life style has changed due to technologic innovations. Moms and dads are both working, they came very tired and exhausted from work. Unfortunately, most of the parents are using digital tools like a nanny. Parents often do not know what games their kids play or what website they enter. They are not aware the hazard they may encounter. They close their door to foreigners but welcome numerous ones by internet. Or another handicap is arising silently. Parents have different points of view about using technology. While one of the parent give permission using technology the other one tries to limit and control the kid. In between two different idea kids do not know which approach is the correct one. Generally, kids take advantage of it.

What can be done to avoid online threats? Children use technology to search, communicate and socialize. At this point, courtesy, respect, common sense is three critical component that should be taught to our kids at home. Gist of the matter we should teach our kids to treat others the way they want to be treated.  We must make sure that our children are safe on their own. If it is not safe playing on   the street alone it must not be safe also to play games on the internet alone. First responsibility is parents then teachers and whole society.

We are now establishing connections with other people, both physically and in the digital world.  Just as we act according to our rights and responsibilities in the physical world, similar norms apply to digital environments. At school digital citizenship should be given in curriculum. Every year educators are facing diverse types of problems Students problems and needs are changing therefore rules and policies should also be changed in schools. There should be programs that is prepared by school community. This community should consist of teachers, counsellors, librarians, educational technology and curriculum specialists, IT managers. All the members should actively engage to the process and take the required trainings   for success of the program. After all this is done students can be expected to behave as they should be in the digital world, both within the school and outside the school.

 

 

References

Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2015). Bullying beyond the schoolyard: Preventing and responding to cyperbullying. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Cyberbullying What Is Cyberbullying? [Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2017, from https://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/experiencing-bullying/cyber-bullying/

Resources

Castile, H. (2013). Cyberbullying : an exploration of secondary school administrators’ experiences with cyberbullying incidents in Louisiana. [Beaumont, Texas] : Lamar University, 2013.

Cyberbullying. [electronic resource (video)] : cruel intentions. (2007). New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], c2006.

Hébert, M., Cénat, J. M., Blais, M., Lavoie, F., & Guerrier, M. (2016). Child sexual abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, and mental health problems among high schools students: A moderated mediated model. Depression And Anxiety33(7), 623-629. doi:10.1002/da.22504

Machimbarrena, J. M., & Garaigordobil, M. (2017). Bullying/Cyberbullying in 5th and 6th grade: Differences between public and private schools. Anales De Psicología33(2), 319-326. doi:10.6018/analesps.33.2.249381

Williford, A., & Depaolis, K. J. (2016). Predictors of cyberbullying intervention among elementary school staff: The moderating effect of staff status. Psychology In The Schools53(10), 1032-1044. doi:10.1002/pits.21973

JOURNAL REFLECTION WEEK-3

imagesI can say this week was very overwhelming and stressful for me because my daughter and my little son were both sick. Beside that I had to deal with a lot of other things. After reading and viewing videos on plagiarism, copyright infringement, fair use, and other required topics I have gained a lot of valuable information but to be honest, some of the things are still unclear to me. My hope is when I have time I will carefully reread and try to understand the cloudy parts of copyrights and copywrongs.
I would like to share this week’s learning outcomes with you:
Information technology not only has brought opportunities but also responsibilities to us. While we communicate, meet and share information we need to act more responsibly. Whether we are writing an essay, a book or preparing a lesson to present information in multiple formats, at some point, we use someone else’s work. While doing this we need to get permission from the original author or copyright holder. Author or copyright holder work very hard to create something unique and we took them in a few seconds and most of the time we do not give credit. We need to treat others the way we want to be treated. So what is copy right?
Copyright is the legal right to use and copy the information, thoughts, works of art and product that a person or persons intellectual labor. Copyrights begin with the production of the work and they generally apply for a certain period of time. To gain a right we do not need registration. The copyright symbol is a ” C ” in the circle, indicating that person copyright is protected. Copyright protection is one of the basic human rights. Whether the C symbol is used or not; if you have original idea and product that means your work is copyrighted as long as you create a tangible form of your work. According to Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Plagiarism: Using another person’s words, ideas, or information without acknowledgment is called plagiarism. It has been defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica as “the act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one’s own.”
It was interesting to learn that plagiarism often covers things that are not covered by copyright. Ideas, facts and general plot elements are all things that can be plagiarized, but generally don’t qualify for copyright protection (Bailey, 2013).
Copyright infringement: A copyright infringement is a violation of an individual or organization’s copyright.
Attribution: It is an acknowledgment as a credit to the copyright holder or author of a work.
Transformation: I am not sure about this but my understanding from transformation is copying of copyrighted material for a limited purpose and commenting upon, critiquing or parodying a copyrighted material.
In addition, I have also grasped what Fair Use is. It basically gives exceptions to the rights of copyright holders in particular cases, permitting people to use portions of works for non-profit, academic, and other purposes only if those users stay within certain limits.
As parent-teachers, we have the vital role to teach our kids the value of respecting other people’s work and words and show how to avoid the risks and consequences of plagiarism and other types of academic dishonesty. Our children should know that like any kind of stealing plagiarism is also a type of stealing and it is wrong. Modeling is a highly effective instructional strategy in that as it allows kids to understand the new practice. Children are influenced by the people around them, but our actions and attitudes have the strongest influence on them.Setting a good example is our most significant duty to our kids.

                                                               References

Attribution (copyright). (2017, August 30). Retrieved September 19, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribution_(copyright)

Bailey, J. (2013, October). The Difference Between Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism – Plagiarism Today. Retrieved from http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2013/10/07/difference-copyright-infringement-plagiarism/

Christenson, P. (2012, November 13). Copyright Infringement Definition. Retrieved 2017, Sep 18, from https://techterms.com of academia

Dhammi, I. K., & Ul Haq, R. (2016). What is plagiarism and how to avoid it? Indian Journal of Orthopedics50(6), 581-583.

Jawad F. Plagiarism and integrity in research. J Pak Med Assoc 2013;63:1446-7.

Pechnick JA. A Short Guide to Writing about Biology. 4th ed. New York: Addison Wesley Longman; 2001.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (n.d.). Retrieved September 19, 2017, from http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/mmt/udhr/article_27.html

THIS WEEK RESOURCES

Espejo, R. (2009). Copyright infringement. Detroit : Greenhaven Press, c2009.

Leonard, K. (2009). Copyright or Copy Wrong?. American Libraries, (1/2), 79.

Plagiarism 2.0. [electronic resource (video)] : Information Ethics in the Digital Age. (2011). New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2011.

Prasad, A., & Agarwalai, A. (2009). Revisiting the Historical ‘Copy-wrongs’ of ‘Copy-rights’! Are we resurrecting the Licensing era?. Journal Of International Commercial Law & Technology4(4), 231-237.

Starovoytova, D. (2017). Plagiarism under a Magnifying-Glass. Journal Of Education And Practice8(15), 109-129

REFLECTION WEEK 2

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The Internet has changed our lives and the way how we interact with one another. It has never been so easy to access in so little effort for so low cost. From the comfort of our home, we can do many things by using the internet: searching, surfing, chatting, learning, entertaining, making money, or wasting time. No matter what the purpose is whenever we use the internet we leave a mark behind us called digital footprint.

A few years ago, my friend and I were having a conversation and I was telling her about a newly opened store close to my home and how clean and nicely designed it was. The next day, related ads popped up on my smartphone screen. I was worried that my smartphone might be listening into my conversations. I thought it was not a coincidence. I take my phone everywhere with me. After searching up about it I have learned that what I buy, what I research, what ads I see or share online are recorded. Now I am more careful about my online activities. It was very interesting to learn companies, marketers, and advertisers use cookies to track our online interest and preferences. Our dilemma is even though we know a lot of information about us is stored with/without our knowledge, most of us still use default settings on our phone or PCs. In addition, we do not invest time to learn how to handle privacy issues. This week we have focused on the digital footprint. I have gained extensive knowledge about digital footprint and shared them with my family. The digital footprint is unique like our fingerprints cause us to leave characteristic traces behind us. We have a both an intentional and unintentional digital footprint(Ohler,2015). The intentional footprint is one that noticeable, consciously created, proactive, manageable and controllable. The unintentional footprint is one that is uncontrollable, passive and unnoticeable. We can leave our digital footprint with many ways like web searches, credit card purchases, bank accounts, phone records, medical records and so on. I think the most important one is our credit card statements since our lifestyle is hidden in them and they give a lot of confidential information about us. Web searches is another place that provides data about us. Moreover, websites give personalized advertisements according to our search behaviors. GPS sensors show our exact location where we go that can be stored for later use or tracked by third parties. Our social media accounts allow others to track every minute of our life our information is accessible by website managers. As we see we are leaking plenty of information about us without realizing it for companies our digital footprints are valuable commercial resources. They share or sell this gathered information to third party companies. In the digital world, we need to learn to make meaningful contributions and take more responsibility for our actions. We should always remember If we post something on the internet even if we delete, it stays there forever. there are some positive aspects of the digital footprint as well. I have fully understood the fact employers are following employee trail’s, Now I know how to control and keep professional of my digital footprint. I am more careful while giving out my confidential information, sending and receiving e-mails, or sharing social media. A few days ago, I have done my footprint search. I did not have any negative results. But I have realized that I need to create a positive digital footprint. I have a profile on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn,.I am proud of and comfortable with it being viewed by my employer or other persons.

As a conclusion, I would like to say we should always remember If we post something on the internet even if we delete, it stays there forever. It is vital to consider what trail of data we are leaving behind, the less we leave marks on the Internet, the better for us. In the digital world, it is our duty to learn to make meaningful contributions and take more responsibility for our actions.

 

Reference

Ohler, J. (2015). Digital Footprints, Digital Citizenship Beyond School. Retrieved September 16, 2017, from http://www.jasonohler.com/wordpressii/?page_id=51

THIS WEEK RESOURCES

Digital footprint. (2016). Salem Press Encyclopedia,

Kurtis, H. (2013). What size is your digital footprint?. The Phi Delta Kappan, (7), 14.

Stephen D., W., & Mark, G. (2007). Constructing, Visualizing, and Analyzing a Digital Footprint. Geographical Review, (3), 324.

THE TECHNOLOGY TAIL A Digital Footprint Story. (2017). Kirkus Reviews85(14), 407.

Wang, X., Fang, Z., & Guo, X. (2016). Tracking the digital footprints to scholarly articles from social media. Scientometrics109(2), 1365-1376. doi:10.1007/s11192-016-2086-z

 

DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT RESOURCES

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Homeschooling in Us is growing at a strong pace. If current growth continues, the number of students will exceed 2 million by 2018. With the help of technology, this number will probably double.

 Why do parents choose to homeschool?

-To provide children a higher quality education

-To support a learning-disabled child

-To have more quality family time

-To make a change from a negative school environment

-To protect from bullying in school

-To give children a religious education

Even though your decision to homeschool can be based on many reasons, the common idea is you want better education for your children. As parent-teachers, we all see that homeschool is more responsive to our children individual needs and interests by being flexible and self-paced.

You have a huge responsibility and accepting your knowledge and skills as it is, might hinder your and your children’s abilities. You are the main resource your kids to use to support themselves but you don’t feel contented and confident with teaching a specific subject. Believe your ability to learn and implement new instructional strategies. Technology tools are designed to foster your teaching. At first making big instructional changes can be a challenging process but at the end, it all pays off. As you begin using digital tools, you will see great advantages for your homeschool curriculum. With the advances in technology, resources for home schooling has grown enormously. You should learn to keep up with it. Blended-learning is the perfect fit for homeschool as it gives the learner the opportunity to really dive into technology. You can get the traditional homeschool method and add all the option that the internet allows.Here are eight benefits that blended learning brings to the homeschool setting.

Here are eight benefits that blended learning brings to the homeschool setting.

  1. Improves the quality of teaching and learning
  2. Enables student to learn at his own pace
  3. Instills a love in learning
  4. Engages student
  5. Increases student success
  6. Promotes student ownership
  7. Provides student autonomy
  8. Prepares students for real-world skills

In today’s information and science driven world learners are very busy with the opportunities. They all are competing for good positions. if they are equipped for the necessary changes they can be independent and lifelong learners. Good parenting requires continual awareness and growth. Enhancing your teaching does not mean using technology as a baby sitter. Only Meaningful use of technology can increase your child success. Life is about balance; too much and too little can harm your children.This week I have prepared an elevator pitch for my article.I have preferred to use adobe-spark as it is user-friendly.

Here is the video link :https://spark.adobe.com/video/tfSe80Npr0z9y/embed

 

 

 

 

THE 4 DISCIPLINES OF EXECUTION AND BHAG

When we observe our daily life, the whirlwind always gets priority. We focus on the day job and ignore the most important long-term goals. As we look from the parent teacher’s perspective to this situation, (my audiences are mothers) being a mom has never been a simple job, today greater demands upon women have seemed to make it harder than ever.

My friends wish they could be homeschooling their children at home, but feel that they do not know how they get it all done. There are a lot of responsibilities that are waiting for them. Eventually, they never have time to important goals. I believe they could certainly do a better job if they had a model that prepares them better for the process. 4DX model taught me how to change people’s behavior in the whirlwind of daily life. I have internalized how I can effectively execute any plans with utilizing this model.

So, I want to be an agent of change and decided to influence my friends. One and a half year, my daughter has gained very valuable learning experiences in Homeschooling through my Blended-Learning initiative. To bring change in any organization, I’ve clearly understood that giving information is not enough itself. It should be supported with other important steps. Like modeling. Even tiny changes can take the time to filter through and be adopted. I will provide all possible information and practice in both the planning and implementation process. I will share my story and offer an opportunity for them to learn from my experiences. I believe experiences add much more value than an opinion. I believe if this training is taken seriously and done right, every parent-teacher would gain the necessary skills. They can learn very effective strategies and participate discussions and collaborate with other parents. They can be ready for the most challenging circumstances. I will be using Schoology as an LMS tool (Learning Management System) as it is free, safe and user-friendly learning network for instructors and learners. I will teach how to use Schoology for their own kids. With this technology tool, parent-teachers will be able to connect, share content, create & access homework, and participate in discussions.

This ten-week training will allow them to experience and explore the Blended learning environment. I will provide modeling and ongoing support throughout the implementation process, parent-teachers will gain more accountability and confidence. Each participating parent-teacher will observe and evaluate their own group lessons each week regularly.

Discipline 1-Focus on the Wildly Important Goal (WIG):

During this process, they will identify and incorporate what blended-learning is. They will acquire the knowledge how to create and implement blended learning to enhance their children learning. In order to get this point, parent-teachers will participate regularly in professional development sessions and actively engage in creating blended learning activities for their children and collaborate with their peers and team leaders in instructional design.

Discipline 2 -Act on the Lead measures:

Lead measures:

          I have identified four lead measures and want to focus on them:

1– Provide better communication (Gain feedback & provide feedback).

2– Improve the knowledge (Teach scheduling and time management tips to help team members to integrate schooling into the natural flow of their home).

3– Share necessary documents (Online video presentations, downloadable audios, handouts and additional reading resources).

4– Reduce operational problems by developing necessary skills (Show how to use Schoology, digital apps, and other technology tools).

Lag measures:

Make sure the entire team member feels satisfied and motivated to begin blended-homeschool. Assure all of them acquired the proficiency use required digital tools.

Discipline 3: Keep a compelling scoreboard:

The visual scoreboard is exceptionally essential and every group will build up a straightforward and visual scoreboard. The board will incorporate lead and lag measures. Scoreboards will be in a noticeable place so everyone can check whether the group is winning or losing. Lead measures without a lag measures may make them feel good but it will not provide confirmation that the desired result has been totally achieved.

Discipline 4: Create a cadence of accountability:

The cadence of accountability incorporates with regular meetings. Each meeting will be 40+40 minutes long. Everyone will focus on WIG and assess the current progress.

We will look at the scoreboard will be able to see who is having success and who is struggling. Finally, I will collect in writing form each person a list of the things that they are committed to doing in the next week and have them sign it.

THE STAGES OF CHANGE

There are five stages of change. These are getting clear, launch, adoption, optimization, and habits.

Getting clear stage:

The first stage includes lead measures, scoreboard, and committing to the regular WIG sessions. It is very important because if team members know clearly, what are the wildly important goals and how they can accomplish, it would motivate them to implement the other steps of the execution. In order to get that point, we will make a meeting every week. Parent-teachers will identify what blended-learning is and what blended-learning provides to learner and learning coach. By integrating meeting, they will gain proficiency, advice, and reflections throughout the year. We will focus on two wildly important goals because too many goals, may cause losing the focus, consequently, they might accomplish none. I will explain our lead and lag measures to team members.  If they have any concerns, I will try to eliminate them.

Launch:

At the meeting, I will show presentation about Blended- Homeschool project and WIG. After meeting, my first thing to do is to create teams and then guide them in every possible way. There will be five teams and every team will have their own team leader. Team leaders model using technology skills to create blended learning classroom. They will help the struggling parent-teachers and answer their questions. Each team will create their own scoreboard.

Adoption:

Team members will look at the scoreboard and see their own improvement by means of knowledge, experience, and skill. To understand the members’ connection, team leaders will check the scoreboard. Whoever is struggling they will provide support and who has a success they will motivate by giving incentives. Week by week, they will begin to feel more committed to the program. During the weekly meeting, parent-teachers will share out what progress they have made with their colleagues.

Optimization:

It is significant for all team members to collaborate regularly with each other. At every turn, I will create and encourage collaboration so team members can feel more ownership of the program. I will use surveys to obtain feedback. I will adapt my plans based on new information and try to improve members’ knowledge and skills. Parent-teachers will create their own self-blended lesson with a team leader. Each parent-teacher will observe and evaluate their peer’s lesson. They will make the necessary corrections and adjustments. Each parent-teacher will be able to use the Schoology and other digital tools proficiently after the ten-week period. They will discuss with their colleagues what went well, what areas that they struggled with.

Habits:

I believe by using 4DX strategy process, all team members will achieve our Wigs. Over time, they will build confidence and self-esteem. Members will begin creating their own goals and expectations. When needed, they will be able to implement the model individually and make necessary alignments.  I hope this training creates knowledgeable parent-teachers and these parents can later work independently without constant help and supervision from others. With this training, parents will have the chance to see and reflect on what works or does not work for homeschool settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

McChesney, C.,  Covey, S., Huling, J. (2012, April 24) The Four disciplines of execution: Achieving your wildly important goals. Free Press.