The Utopian Classroom of 2020?

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Believe it or now, 2020 is only seven years from now. The following video by Corning gives a glimpse of the ideal classroom of the future. Check it out and see how close we are to this now.


After viewing this video, our millennial screenagers are already there. As an educator, are you ready for the future? Can you imagine teaching in that school, however still stuck with mentality of having the fear of the use of technology? (See my previous post on the “Luddite educator“) Times are changing, so shall we…

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Hear ye, hear ye….

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Our millennial generation is speaking up. Please take a minute to listen to a representative of them.

AUP… Do you know me?

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What does AUP stand for?  Acceptable Use Policy… Believe it or not, every entity that allows you access to the Internet (that you do and do not pay for), yes…that check box… is part of your AUP – Better known as the small print.

As a digital citizen, you cannot take for granted your rights. Take the time to read what you agree to. It may seem tedious but you need to be aware of the terms you legally are accepting.

As an educator, I must be responsible and model this behavior. If your students don’t know the school’s AUP, make sure you introduce it to them immediately (especially when your school district officially kicks off “BYOD” madness.)

Digital citizenship is more than buzz words

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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.

Books 2 Read…

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I had the opportunity to watch Digital_Nation today on Frontline. I just jotted these three books that were mentioned. If I can get through these three books before the end of the summer, I will definitely have to reward myself or just have a personal celebration.

Cyberia
Douglas Rushkoff

The Dumbest Generation
Mark Bauerlain

The Flickering Mind
Todd Oppenheimer

Our Digitally Obsessed Nation

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Dependency…

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.

Digital Savage vs Digital Alien

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We have Mr. Marc Pernsky to thank for the term digital natives to define the current generation saturated by technology. However there are two types of students that we commonly overlook in the realm of digital citizenry.

Unfortunately there are some children that do not have any access to technology such as computers outside of school, so are they really apt to be label as true natives? This eludes to believe that a digital savage would address those included with technology generation but excluded by outside factors. This blog post from Full Circle Assosiates captures the essence of term digital savage. I posted info about the digital alien before, but the difference between the two would definately be the exposure and dexterity of wielding technologies. Is technology differentiation required to meet the needs for these students?