May 6, 2012
Digital Citizens, Edmodo, Facebook, Issues, Twitter
digital citizenship, digitalcitizenship, edmodo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter
Last week I finished a survey from ISTE on my opinion about the role of schools in teaching digital citizenship. I believe it is not only the parents and schools share the responsibility to train their child on the safety and manage their conduct online. By coincidence, last week Edmodo released a poster (shown below) that lays out the expectations for online behavior.
As students form their online identities, they need to reflect on how are they viewed professionally. Of course, this may be the last thing on their mind when posting updates on Twitter or FB.
Anyway, it is highly recommended for (high school) students to get on LinkedIn and work on repairing their online presence that they created. This blog post illustrates how this can be done.
April 1, 2012
Technology, Vintage, Internet, Web 2.0, Facebook, YouTube, Information, Data, Archiving, Backup, soundcloud, vimeo
Technology, data, youtube, archiving, backup, media, degradation, phots, videos, soundcloud
About a week or two ago, I picked up a cable to convert my old VHS tapes to digital format on my laptizzle. Most of my tapes that I’m converting are pretty old. I guess when I have time, I will also convert my cassette tapes via audacity and share them on sound cloud; and my videos on either vimeo or youtube. I’ve scanned as many old pictures that I’ve run across from cleaning out my old house I grew up in. Now I just need to burn them to DVD or continue my quest to move my digital memories online.
My actions of converting ALL of my dusty artifacts to digital format are due to the need of safely archiving (and sharing my treasures with family and friends) and the fear of magnetic media degradation which I’ve experienced with an old 8mm reel-to-reel that I paid Wolf camera to do for me. (Also, I am not getting any younger). As we get deeper in the new millennium, the urgency to duplicate magnetic tape media becomes more critical due to limitations of magnetic media shelf life. I guess it really depends on how you store the contents of your stuff whether or not if the need to convert is necessary. So, how many generations can your media survive?
August 24, 2011
Digital Foot prints, EdTech, Internet, Issues, Online, Web 2.0
digital, EdTech, Technology
Nowadays, everyone is on the Internet. So, should one stop to reflect their personal online behavior and evaluate their online digital foot prints. Yes, because everything you do, say, act, click on leaves either a foot print that is either cemented permanently or temporarily impressed in virtual sand. What do I mean?
Google yourself, and you will see your cemented tracks. Or anything that you participated or contributed online that is permanent to certain extent that can be recovered by someone other than yourself that you cannot remove. Server logs of your whereabouts online that you cannot access is also virtually cemented and only viewable to a select group of people as if you was a star! Ask anyone that is being sued to downloading movies or music lately.
However, if one can remove your digital tracks, that could be considered a foot print in the sand, which is somewhat temporary unless you or someone else can remove it such as the cookies of your web browser (cache) and browser history.
Do footprints serve a purpose? Yes… You can discover many things about someone that have or do not have digital footprints. Current and potential employers, significant others, and just ordinary nosy people find joy and sorrow in what people knowingly leave behind.
What if I do not leave any digital footprints? That would be impossible, only if you do consider yourself a non-participant of the web 2.0 revolution or a user that is very restricted with your online activities.
June 11, 2011
Google, Online, Web 2.0
I had a conversation with one of my fellow educators the other day. Somehow the topic about “that dude” that worked for the school system that bit a child came up. I later discovered that the case got thrown out. So now all “that dude” has to do is expunge his record, right? However, I mention that you cannot expunge what come up when in Google.
Also, if the article disappears from the new server over the years, the Way Back Machine is currently archiving everything. Yes, I mean everything. Another reason to stay on the straight and narrow and try your best to stay positive & professional.
February 13, 2010
Education, Language Arts, Teaching, text speak, Writing
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I understand that there is a major crisis going on right now with students and LA teachers battling with writing in txtspk. However, I guess my topic in this post may be insignificant. Please read on and share what you think…
Julie @Teaching Life blog stated that writing in cursive is one of the basics in writing. I agree with her, however… IMHO in math, cursive writing is only important when distinguishing the lower-case ‘L’ to describe the abbreviation of liters. If not, one might think your ‘L’ is the number one.
Since we are being submerged into a digital and standardized-testing data-driven age, the importance of being able to write an official signature is becoming slowly obsolete. So should one actually argue that students in elementary school should be required to learn in cursive when they may never use it?
February 10, 2010
Education, Math, Video, Web 2.0, YouTube
hands-on, handson, manipulatives, Math, mathematics, youtube
Yes… YouTube is one of the best resources for math teacher! Why? During the Pre-YouTube years, you had to know a dynamite math teacher, attend workshops, conferences, or seminars to see demonstrations of (non-virtual) manipulatives in action.
You can ask any math teacher if they have seen or come across blocks, graphing calculators, protractors, compasses, die, spinners, or the whole frickin’ ETA/Cuisenaire catalog where training was not supplied and DID NOT HAVE A CLUE TO USE IT!
Now, as math educators, this gives us a great reason to create videos (if they are not in YouTube) of HOW to use those pentominoes, 24-Game cards, Ken-Ken/Suduko puzzles, integer chips or even tangrams that has collected dust in our closets and drawers buried underneath posters and miscellaneous teacher crap.
February 8, 2010
Internet, Twitter, Web 2.0
edchat, Twitter, twitter4educators
As I got in from my extended weekend, I picked up my THE Journal out of the mailbox this evening and briefly read through the Tweets for Teachers article. Decent read, but could not help to notice the advertisement of the hash tag ‘edchat’. I was delighted to see that this place got some noteworthy recognition on Twitter.
Further along the the article, it pointed out that many educators do not see the value of Twitter, but via #edchat allows intelligent dialogue around a designated educational topic which is usually voted on. Cannot forget to mention that in the article also mentioned #teachertuesday.
Twitter is just another vehicle of collaboration via web 2.0. Remember my fellow educators, let’s use it to our benefit, not our demise.
February 1, 2010
Digital Citizens, EdTech, Facebook, Internet, Online, Technology, Twitter, Virtual worlds, Web 2.0
digital, digitalnation, digitalreality, digital_nation, digital_reality, frontline, Technology, virtual, virtualworlds, virtual_worlds
if is not with oil, it seems that our world would not be the same without it being plugged in.
I will watch this show tomorrow to see how obsessed we have become with technology. Don’t get me wrong, I am a hawk when it comes to technology. However as I get older, I am starting to see both side of how we respect and abuse the things in our digitally connected world.