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Vicki Davis

Think.com - Safety and Netiquette Lesson - 0 views

  • Identify and provide examples of proper and improper netiquette; Generate a list of preferred web behaviors for their class; Understand and use a few Think.com content creation tools; Define "safety" and describe/draw an environment that values safety; Develop a greater sense of personal responsibility and web community; and Define the following words: accountable, community, enforcement, environment, etiquette, inappropriate, law, netiquette, private, responsible, rule, safety.
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    Think.com's safety lesson with nets standards. Think.com is excellent to use with younger students and is very walled and has an excellent profanity filter. I highly recommend it and have personally used it for a summer blogging project. Excellent site. It also requires an extensive verification process by the participating schools.
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    Excellent lesson plan and activities from think.com for teaching digital citizenship, particularly safety and netiquette.
Anne Bubnic

The Millennials Are Coming! - 0 views

  • Most agencies manage sensitive citizen data: addresses, Social Security numbers, financial records and medical information. You name it, some state or local office has it, and probably electronically. The problem? Many theorize that the Millennials' penchant for online openness could unintentionally expose private information, leaving it ripe for the picking. Millennials bring innovative ideas about technology's use, but for that same reason, do they also pose new security risks?
  • Anti-virus vendor Symantec released a study in March 2008 assessing this issue. Symantec commissioned Applied Research-West to execute the study, and 600 participants were surveyed from different verticals, including government. Survey participants included 200 IT decision-makers, 200 Millennial workers and 200 non-Millennial workers born before 1980. The data revealed that Millennials are more likely than workers of other ages to use Web 2.0 applications on company time and equipment. Some interesting figures include: 69 percent of surveyed Millennials will use whatever application, device or technology they want at work, regardless of office IT policies; and only 45 percent of Millennials stick to company-issued devices or software, compared to 70 percent of non-Millennials.
  • How might young people be workplace assets? Could all that time typing or texting make them speedy typists, able to whip up memos at the drop of a hat? Does familiarity with new and emerging technologies have its benefit? You bet, according to Dustin Lanier, director of the Texas Council on Competitive Government. The council brings state leaders together to shape policy for government departments, including IT. "I think they've built an approach to work that involves a lot of multitasking," Lanier said of the Millennials. "Something will be loading on one screen, you alt-tab to another application and pull up an e-mail, the first process loads, you flip back, start a new process, flip to a forum and pull up a topic. It's frenetic but normal to that group." Lanier doesn't think Millennials present more of an IT threat than their older co-workers. After all, young people don't have a monopoly on being distracted in the office. "I can't tell you how many times I've walked by people's desks of all ages and seen Minesweeper up," he said. He thinks employers should embrace some Web 2.0 applications. Otherwise, Millennials might be discouraged from sticking around. According to Lanier, this younger work force comprises many people who think of themselves as free agents. Government should accommodate some of their habits in order to prevent them from quitting.
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    Get ready CIOs. They're coming. They have gadgets and doohickeys galore. They like their music downloadable and portable, and they grew up with the Internet, not before it. Their idea of community is socializing with people in other cities or countries through Facebook, MySpace or instant messages, and they use e-mail so often they probably think snail mail is an endangered species. They're the Millennials - those tech-savvy, 20-somethings and-under bound to warm up scores of office chairs left cold by retiring baby boomers. There's a good chance many will come to a government workplace near you, but their digital literacy could prove worrisome for security-conscious bosses.
Anne Bubnic

Let's not create a cyberbullying panic - 0 views

  • As prominent as it is, bullying and cyberbullying are not the norm. Most young people want no part of bullying and consider it reprehensible behavior. Depending on what study you read, anywhere from 15 percent to 30 percent of teens say they have experienced some type of bullying or harassment from their peers.
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    Adults need to be good role models. Politicians need to think about this the next time they consider demonizing (as opposed to criticizing) an opponent. Media personalities and talk show hosts need to think about the messages they're giving to children when they engage in name calling. We all need to be aware of comments we make in the presence of children and even people who comment on blogs need to think about the difference between legitimate criticism and derision. Children learn by observing our behavior, and there are plenty of adults who behave like bullies. Changing behavior isn't easy, but it's not impossible. I've been watching episodes of the TV show Mad Men, which is set in the 1960s when it was acceptable to smoke around other people, ride in cars without seat belts, leave trash everywhere, make derogatory comments about minorities, and treat women as inferior beings. We haven't yet completely eliminated any of those dangerous or antisocial behaviors, but we've come a long way. With concerted effort and national leadership, we can do the same with bullying.
Anne Bubnic

iCritical Thinking: Digital Literacy Assessment - 0 views

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    The test, iCritical Thinking Certification, created by the Educational Testing Service and Certiport, reveals whether or not a person is able to combine technical skills with experiences and knowledge. Today's students need to be able to think critically and effectively solve problems while using technology going beyond simply searching for information. They also must evaluate the legitimacy of the information, put it in context, and then apply problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Anne Bubnic

Welcome to the world of "We Think" - 1 views

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    4-minute video: "Welcome to the World of We Think. Based on a new book by Charles Leadbeater, 'We Think' explores the potential of the latest developments of the internet.
Vicki Davis

Web Etiquette and Safety Lesson Plan [Assessment Piece] - 0 views

  • A person is on the other end of all web communication. The web connects people in a community where everyone becomes each other's neighbor. It is just as important to observe safety on the Internet as it is to follow traffic signs. The Think.com community is a place where the teacher sees everything. Everyone is responsible for his/her own actions while in Think.com. Passwords are to be kept secret.
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      Excellent concluding concepts for an introductory course for young students. How many don't understand this!
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    Appropriate web etiquette (netiquette) and web safety are vital for building a strong web community. This is a lesson plan that teachers can use to introduce key concepts to their students as they introduce them to the Think.com community. Use this model lesson as designed, change it to fit your needs, or create your own.
Anne Bubnic

Online youth need critical thinking skills - 0 views

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    Today's media environment provides an opportunity--and responsibility--for parents and schools to teach critical thinking. Not only must young people learn to "consider the source" of what they take in but also think critically about what they post in a world where just about every young person is now potentially an author, photographer, and videographer. Kids--who may never even know who Walter Cronkite was--need to have a miniature version of him inside their head by asking questions such as "Is this true?" and "How do I know it's true?."
Anne Bubnic

Illuminate Cyberbullying [PSA] - 0 views

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    Sony Creative Software Contest- Winner, Independent Video Category [Cyberbullyiing Public Service Announcement ]

    Background info from Josh Borugeois. "I wanted to try and create something that would stick out on a very low budget. I got the light bulb idea from "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." I thought it created sort of an "all alone in someone's head feeling". I wrote the dialog thinking of some of the things teenagers would never say, or never think. I believe there are lot of messed up people online looking to prey on clueless individuals. I thought if I could create a spot that made teenagers being careful look like the cool thing to do, then maybe some would try it. Teenagers like to see a peer taking control of a situation. This generation is all about owning decisions."
Rafael Ribas

Why am I fighting for Social Networking? - 0 views

  • I think the main thing is that it is user centered - not course centered.
  • Moodle are so "course" oriented" it is hard to "force" them to be something else
  • Because of the demonization of "social" networks we must use terminology that will not cause parental and administrative heart attack
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  • technology rich, pedagogic poor’ (Victorian Classroom on Steroids
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    What do you think about the term "social" networking -- I rather like the term "educational" networking.
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    This teacher is fighting for "social" networking -- I left a comment that she instead fight for "educational" networking. I think that the demonization of "social networking" by our media makes this term a death sentence for one's efforts.\n\nRead this post and see what you think.
Anne Bubnic

What Can Be Done to Stop Bullying? - 1 views

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    Students, tell us what you think about the Phoebe Prince case and about your experiences with bullying. Why do you think students bully others? How can bullying be lessened or stopped? What, if anything, can teachers do? Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied other kids? What is the climate like at your school - are students harassed and taunted? What can you do when you see another student being bullied?
JOSEPH SAVIRIMUTHU

Social site warning for teenagers - 0 views

  • TEENAGERS should think twice before posting personal information and photos on the internet, as they might come back to haunt them, privacy experts warn. Young people risked losing jobs or being embarrassed by teachers and relatives viewing party pictures or sexually explicit images uploaded on social networking websites, Victoria's Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey said. Ms Versey and privacy commissioners from the Asia-Pacific region and Canada will today launch "Think before you upload", an animated, online video warning young people of the dangers of documenting their life on the internet.
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    TEENAGERS should think twice before posting personal information and photos on the internet, as they might come back to haunt them, privacy experts warn. Young people risked losing jobs or being embarrassed by teachers and relatives viewing party pictures or sexually explicit images uploaded on social networking websites.
Anne Bubnic

The spread of our 'digital footprint' - 0 views

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    You may think that because you uploaded a piece of information about yourself, that you can control it, but your digital footprint may be harder to manage than you may think.
Anne Bubnic

Parents vs Kids - Digital Gap - 0 views

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    THERE is a gap between what parents think their children are doing online and what their kids are actually doing in real life. For instance, adults think kids are online for 10 hours a week. In reality, children are spending an average of 18 hours online weekly. The results were part of the Norton Online Living Family Survey, commissioned globally by Internet security firm Symantec, as well as in Singapore, between April and May.
Go Jobio

How to Quit Your Job - 0 views

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    You have decided. It's time. New adventures are ahead! But in order to head off into your new journey, you have to finish the one you're on! It can be scary. It can be nerve-wrecking. How will your boss react? How will your co-workers respond? What will your friends and family say? What will they think? Are you making a big mistake?! Stop right there. This isn't about your friends and family. This is about YOU! So if you've made that decision, and the time is now, don't worry about what anyone else thinks. You're the only one living your life and you don't need approval to change it! Here are a few tips on how to quit your job graciously: www.gojobio.com/articles/
adrinawinslet

15 Fascinating eCommerce Forums That Triggers Business Growth - 0 views

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    Think about all those times when you were puzzled for your online store. Luckily with the growing use of the internet, you can find the extensive knowledge on a wide range of eCommerce Forums and Communities. You can post questions, help others with answers, participate in discussions, and chat with other entrepreneurs like you. eCommerce Forums Increase Your Reach Of Knowledge Across The eCommerce Universe Where People Exchange Their Experiences With Each Other. Best eCommerce Forums and Communities You Should Join. SEO Chat. On top of having a great social media presence, this is a great forum that will enable you to create a good foundation for your ecommerce concepts. 15 eCommerce Forums which are bound to make an impact on your Business:- 15 Fascinating eCommerce Forums that triggers Business Growth JANUARY 12, 2019 ELIZABETH BENNET eCommerce Forums Think about all those times when you were puzzled for your online store. Luckily with the growing use of the internet, you can find the extensive knowledge on a wide range of eCommerce Forums and Communities. You can post questions, help others with answers, participate in discussions, and chat with other entrepreneurs like you. 15 eCommerce Forums which are bound to make an impact on your Business 1. Shopify Forums 2. Bigcommerce Community Forums 3. PrestaShop Forums 4. Ask.Oberlo 5. Reddit Forums 6. Digital Point eCommerce Forums 7. eCommerce Fuel Forums 8. Webretailer Forums 9. SEO Chat 10. Envato Community 11. Small Business Forums 12. Web Design Forums 13. WordPress Forums 14. Small Business Brief 15. Ecwid Forums Whether you're just a new-bee on the online store environment, or you're looking to increase your presence on social media it all comes from the people who are dealing with it on a daily basis. And here is where eCommerce Forums play their part! For More Information: http://bit.ly/2OVenZ5
Anne Bubnic

Web Literacy for the Digital Generation - 7 views

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    Slideshow presentation by Chris O'Neal (ISTE) and Rob Bayuk (Microsoft). Microsoft and ISTE have joined forces to put together a series of web literacy lessons, activities, and support resources to help students develop their critical thinking skills when searching the web. You can find the teacher resources here: http://www.microsoft.com/education/teachers/guides/critical_thinking.aspx
Anne Bubnic

Play It Safe: Hackers use the back door to get into your computer; a strong, well-chose... - 0 views

  • For the home user, however, password safety requires more than on-the-fly thinking. Pacheco suggests a system built around a main word for all instances. The distinction is that the name of the site is added somewhere. For example, if the main word is "eggplant," the password might be "eggyyplant" Yahoo, "eggplantgg" for Google or "wleggplant" for Windows Live. He suggests listing the variations in an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Hackers rely on a lot of methods. Some, Rogers said, employ "shoulder surfing." That means what it sounds like -- looking over someone's shoulder as that person is typing in a password
  • The type of hardware being used can be a clue, said Rogers, a senior technical staffer in the CERT Program, a Web security research center in Carnegie-Mellon University's software engineering institute. It's easy to find a default password, typically in the user's manual on a manufacturer's Web site. If the user hasn't changed the default, that's an easy break-in.
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  • Other people use easy-to-remember passwords. Trouble is, Rogers said, they're easy-to-guess passwords, too. Good examples of bad passwords are your name, your family's names, your pet's name, the name of your favorite team, your favorite athlete or your favorite anything
  • Most of the password hacking activity these days goes on at homes, in school or in public settings. These days, many workplaces mandate how a password is picked.
  • The idea is to choose a password that contains at least one uppercase letter, one numeral and at least eight total characters. Symbols are good to throw in the mix, too. Many companies also require that passwords be changed regularly and that pieces of older ones can't be re-used for months. And user names cannot be part of the password. Examples: Eggplant99, 99eggpLanT, --eggp--99Lant. For the next quarter, the password might change to variations on "strawberry."
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    Password security is a big deal, and if you don't think it is, then someone might be hacking into your computer even as you read this. A strong password isn't foolproof, but it proves that you're no fool. And it might protect you from compromised data, a broken computer or identity theft. Your bank account, your personal e-mails and lots of other stuff are at risk with weak passwords.
Anne Bubnic

Video Games as Learning Tools? - 0 views

  • One study even looked at whether playing "World of Warcraft," the world's biggest multiplayer online game, can improve scientific thinking. The conclusion? Certain types of video games can have benefits beyond the virtual thrills of blowing up demons or shooting aliens.
  • In one study, 122 fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade students were asked to think out loud for 20 minutes while playing a game they had never seen before. Researchers studied the statements the children made to see if playing the game improved cognitive and perceptual skills. While older children seemed more interested in just playing the game, younger children showed more of an interest in setting up a series of short-term goals needed to help them learn the game.
  • "The younger kids are focusing more on their planning and problem solving while they are actually playing the game, while adolescents are focusing less on their planning and strategizing and more on the here and now," said researcher and Fordham University psychologist Fran Blumberg. "They're thinking less strategically than the younger kids."
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  • Another study compared surgeons who play video games to those who don't. Even after taking into account differences in age, years of medical training and the number of laparoscopic surgeries performed, researchers found an edge for gamer surgeons. "The single best predictor of their skills is how much they had played video games in the past and how much they played now," said Iowa State University psychologist Douglas Gentile. "Those were better predictors of surgical skills than years of training and number of surgeries performed," Gentile said. "So the first question you might ask your surgeon is how many of these [surgeries] have you done and the second question is, 'Are you a gamer?'"
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    Researchers gathering in Boston for the American Psychological Association convention detailed a series of studies suggesting that video games can be powerful learning tools - from increasing the problem solving potential of younger students to improving the suturing skills of laparoscopic surgeons.
Rafael Ribas

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - 0 views

  • we may well be reading more today than we did in the 1970s or 1980s, when television was our medium of choice. But it’s a different kind of reading, and behind it lies a different kind of thinking—perhaps even a new sense of the self.
  • Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.
  • Even a blog post of more than three or four paragraphs is too much to absorb. I skim it.
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      Yet I am managing to read the whole of this post... ;)
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  • the circuits woven by our use of the Net will be different from those woven by our reading of books and other printed works.
  • The Net’s intellectual ethic remains obscure.
  • Old media have little choice but to play by the new-media rules.
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      Does that apply to the "old teaching"?
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    Via Dan Shareski. Is the way we read changing the way we think? Interesting implications for our students, who have grown in this environment yet are often taught in "the old way".
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    This is the cover story for the current issue of the magazine so it is attracting a lot of attention from readers. You can follow the commentary at: http://digg.com/tech_news/Is_Google_Making_Us_Stupid_Nicholas_Carr
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