Digital Citizenship: the Good and the Bad.

Blog Post Prompt: Reflect on the new culture of participation as described by Alec and by Wesch – what does this mean for your future classroom? What does it mean for schools in general? How do we take advantage of the good and deal with the potential negatives? Again, an open question – react to what we talked about in class and to Wesch’s video. Be sure to include specific information from both sources.


On May 24, 2018 we had a guest lecturer Dr. Alec Couros and he came to talk about the internet, our digital citizenship, and how we are affected by these things in both positive and negative ways. The lecture was named “Educating the Selfie Generation.” The internet is positive in a sense because it provides excellent resources for professions such as teachers and also because it creates what is called a PNL (Personal Learning Network). Through this you can make connections with other educators on platforms such as twitter and gain knowledge through their shared tweets and likes. You can also participate in discussions such as saskedchat where you gain valuable information and reflection time during answering questions and replies and reading other peoples responses. With something so powerful such as the internet, there is bound to be bad things attached to it such as for the fact that things can be posted for anyone to see. Yes of course this can be good in the sense of the PLN part of the internet but it can be bad because information can get into the wrong hands and cause problems.

We learnt that the internet is such a huge part in our society in this current day and age. By the time someone is born, they often already have a digital footprint and this is because the babies sonogram is often shared on the mother or fathers social media. By the time they are three years old they already know how to use electronic devices and by age five they have 1500 photos of them online. Alec was teaching us this information to demonstrate that since your students already having a digital footprint when they come into your classroom, you as an educator must utilize this and integrate electronic devices and overall technology into our classroom. It is something they are familiar with, obviously find interesting, and know it is fun. It is only right to take advantage of this to use technology in educational and meaningful ways into the classroom. With this, as pre-service teacher, I believe that I need to start now to make the mental and physical shift to a technology bases and, for the most part, a paperless classroom.

As mentioned previously, by students using technology, it is something they are interested in so with that they will listen better and participate more than sitting in their desks becoming increasingly bored with close ended worksheets. It it important, though, to keep in mind what websites and apps your students are using. This is where the negative side of technology and the internet come in. With certain apps and webpages, there can be risk for bullying or inappropriate content. The websites mentioned would be Ask.fmWhisper, and Sarahah. We need to attempt to eliminate these apps/websitews from our classroom to eliminate cyber bullying. There are other sites such as facebook and instagram that are of course great websites to connect to other people in positive ways but is not meant for in the classroom for the fact that they are distracting. To deal with these negative sides of the internet a big way is to make students aware of its risks and how impactful cyberbullying is, for example. It is important to integrate technology within your classroom while still keeping a safe, inclusive, and on task environment. As we are going through this lecture or even this course in general, I realized I don’t know as much about technology as I thought I did. It is important to remember that technology is always changing and as an educator, you need to keep that in mind and stay up to date by doing PD and research towards education technology.

In Michael Mesch’s An Anthropological Introduction to Youtube, he talks about how youtube developed and how it started a new era for the internet world. With this website, one can easily share video content and connect with people all over the world through their videos. He made a point that Youtube has become very normalized in our everyday lives, everyone knows about youtube. He also mentions that “the web is not just about information. The web is about linking people and its about linking people in ways we’ve never been linked before. And in ways we can’t predict because its changing almost every 6 months now.”

Around this time, there was a huge craze in the song “Numa Numa” and once this song was uploaded to youtube it reached people all over the world. One man in New Jersey made a video of him dancing to the song in-front of the webcam and it became a viral hit and it was everywhere on the internet.

With this, one can see how easily it can be to have your video uploaded and to have it reached to the other side of the world and back again. This is because the internet is just that powerful. Overall, this video puts into perspective how not only the internet is changing at a steady rate but it is also something that is so impactful to our society for generations to come.


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