Internet of Things: HowStuffWorks explains…

I’ve been hearing about the internet of things for quite a while now, and though I had some idea of what was meant by it, I thought I would look it up to see if my assumptions were correct. Where did I go? To those smart people at Howstuffworks, who made this very informative (and a little terrifying, I won’t lie) video on the subject:
http://snagplayer.video.howstuffworks.com/814747/snag-it-player.htm?auto=no

What do you think? Is it exciting to think about your living room knowing your mood/diet plan/schedule? Or is it kind of terrifying to think about how we are being reduced to constant streams of data being fed into the devices around us, especially since this data will most probably come to roost in the gaping maw of the corporations who sell us such devices in the first place?

These issues, which encompass both futurist ideas and issue of digital citizenship, should be talked about with the younger generation: the potential and the pitfalls to our privacy are enormous and will be felt the most keenly by this upcoming generation. Sparking an ongoing discussion in our classes on these topics is the first place to start!

Youth Privacy

I received this Graphic Novel in the mail months ago and am only now getting to it. Although the actual Graphic Novel has only limited uses in my opinion, there are some good resources on the Youth Privacy section of the Officer of the Privacy Commission of Canada’s website. I especially like how they tell parents in their 12 Quick Privacy Tips for Parents to:

11. Let your kids know that you are there if they make a privacy mistake.
Stay calm if your child makes a mistake, like posting something they shouldn’t have. Help them remove the post, where possible, and talk with them about how they can avoid a similar mistake in the future. If you “freak out” or deny access to them, they may not come to you for help when they really need it in future.

Check it out!

Source: www.priv.gc.ca

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Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

This is a very salient article on the need to integrate digital citizenship skills in the curriculum. I have been thinking about this for a long time, even made a schedule of ways we could do this, but Mr. Loewy, the teacher featured in this article, has designed a whole curriculum.

This isn’t a new idea, and in fact, we have some very good Canadian initiatives to bridge the gap like the OSAPAC Digital Citizenship page, Common Sense Media and Social Smarts.

But if there is one take away from this article is that even though youth spend a lot of their time online, does not necessarily mean they are Digitally literate. I will conclude with this quote from Danah Boyd (also quoted in the article):

Teens will not become critical contributors to this [Internet] ecosystem simply because they were born in an age when these technologies were pervasive.

Neither teens nor adults are monolithic, and there is no magical relation between skills and age. Whether in school or in informal settings, youth need opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge to engage with temporary technology effectively and meaningfully. Becoming literate in a networked age requires hard work, regardless of age.- Danah Boyd

Today’s schools are focusing on boosting kids’ technological proficiency and warning them about the perils of the web. But something critical is missing from this education.

Source: www.theatlantic.com

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8 Tools that Make Citations a Breeze | Edudemic

Here are some great tools for creating citations – some you have already heard about it (Easybib, Bibme) and some you might not have heard of yet.

For instance, I tried one called CiteFast which according to the annotation in the article below is good for students who are new to citations. I cited the article:

Lepi, Kate. “8 Tools That Make Citations a Breeze | Edudemic.” Edudemic – Education Technology Tips For Students And Teachers. N.p., 5 Mar. 2015. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

It was pretty easy – the only thing I had to add manually was the author and the revised date (this was an older article that had recently been revised).

Check it out!

The Internet offers an abundance of online citation tools, from the extremely easy to use, to ones that require more research on the part of the user.

Source: www.edudemic.com

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