A DAY IN MY LIFE AROUND MEDIA.

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Hello ECI832,

This week’s assigned blog post task kept me really thinking. Do I have to catalog my whole day I spend on media? Looks like I should, I got a bit worried because I was not sure what this will divulge about me but guess what, in a way, I was excited. So, here I go. My alarm goes off on my phone at 6:30 AM and I stumble around to search my phone and hit snooze so that I get another 10 minutes of sleep, after the alarm goes off for another couple of times and I repeat the process of snoozing it, that’s when I decide it’s time to start my day. What is the first thing I do?  Obviously, I grab my phone and check my emails and once I am done with that, I check my WhatsApp application to see what was going around back home(India) In my social groups when I was asleep.

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Once I am done with my WhatsApp then I quickly move onto the twitter app on my phone to see if anything interesting has been posted since I last checked night. If there’s something of my interest I spend some time with it, quickly retweet it or else just move on to check what’s the weather looks like for the day. After I grab my cup of tea I prefer to use apps like BBC, CNN etc.  These applications give me a sense of what is going around the world, I also prefer to keep a close watch on the news going around back home so I prefer to have another look on few other reliable news applications such as NDTV, TIMES NOW etc. I love music and online radio streaming stations are my preferences. I stream various radio stations on my phone and few other devices while at home or when I am at the university. I enjoy hearing to my favorite channel on my way to university to get an update on recent events in sports, entertainment, politics, weather.

At lunchtime, I check my emails again for any new messages and of course all my social media application. As I scroll through many applications on my phone I check out what’s happening in the news. I guess I am kind of addicted to those news applications on my phone. As I finish my day and head back home I open my transit app to check my ride back. Once I am back home I involve in group chats on WhatsApp, watch a few more Snapchat/ Instagram stories, read a few tweets and call it a day.

Back in the good old days, when individuals got their news mostly from newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, it was usually very easy to figure out when someone was spreading fake news, but internet and social media has made it complicated. News

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irrespective of true or fake its spread within no time and Some websites intentionally write false, amusing stories and try to pose themselves off as real. My personal strategies for analyzing and validating information on whether the news is fake or real is to validate them with various trusted media networks. Whenever I see a news I always try to look for the same form other sources and confirm its validity. I always consider the source, When I read any news section, I always consider the source before trusting or sharing it and check the article’s sources like looking at the author’s information to validate if they are real, reliable and trustworthy.

Finally, it is very important to be informative about identifying fake news, the article,  Evaluating sources in a “post-truth” world: Ideas for teaching and learning about fake news, is an excellent resource that contains a number of different lesson plans and activities regarding the challenges of fake news. To wrap this post, I would like to know how do you plan to tackle fake news? And if you find one on social media websites how often do you flag or report it?

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LITERACY IN DIGITAL ERA

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Hello ECI832!

As the famous Quote states “Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to the answer to all questions.” Therefore, I believe that a well-educated individual has one of the life’s most valuable possessions that too as a result of one’s own hard work. Education is the only companion who will be by our side at all times and will never let us down. That is why; a concrete foundation is indispensable in shaping one’s future. Being educated and getting literate has a whole different meaning and I will not dig deep into that discussion but being literate today means a lot more different than what it used to be. The definition of literacy is not constant, it changes and develops to mirror the varying requirements of society. Earlier, the definition of literacy was the ability to read and write books or any printed materials, but the same definition is no longer adequate for this contemporary and digital era.

To address this week’s question “What does it mean to be literate today?”, I was questioning myself because, as society and technology change, so does literacy, according to the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), Active, successful participants in this 21st-century global society must be able to:

  • Gain proficiency with tools of technology
  • Develop relationships with others and confront and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

Technology and digital media are altering the meaning of literacy and creating new challenges for teaching and learning in this digital age. Digital literacy, by its description, incorporates an extensive range of skills, all of which are very essential in this rapidly developing digital world. The traditional printed medium is fading away and the skill to understand information found on the internet and digital media has become more significant. Children who do not possess these appropriate digital literacy skills will find themselves vulnerable and left behind just like an individual who does not possess the ability to read and write.

As educators, one of the important concept that we have to focus on is making our students digitally literate. In this digital age, the digital natives are very well equipped with the knowledge of using digital devices but they do not comprehend the appropriate use of them and that is what makes digital literacy more important. One of the significant components of digital literacy is the skill to not only just find the information, but also to assess it appropriately. It is so true that media can be decoded and today’s children are really good at it, they try to make meaning of most of the

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things they see and read over the internet, digital media and in day to day life but  most of the occasions not in an appropriate way and that is what makes media literacy more important and Andrea Quijada TedEd video Creating critical thinkers through media literacy does a wonderful job in explaining it , I completely agree when she states that once students know how to deconstruct media they have gained superpower and I believe that, as educators it is our responsibility to direct them in that direction.

In this media-saturated culture, our kids spend a great amount of time on the internet and they access an enormous amount of data from many sources. It is very important that they are equipped with right media literacy skills which are very important and essential proficiency in the digital age. Media literacy is the skill to recognize different types of media and understand the messages they’re sending, the article “What is media literacy, and why is it important”?  stunningly describes the meaning of media literacy and how it goes beyond the ability to just read and write in the digital world. It narrates how media literacy empowers our kids and make them critical thinkers so that they can evaluate the media and make an appropriate sense of the information they are getting out of it. It makes them a smart consumer of the information which helps them to differentiate between what is credible and what is not.

Finally, I think that the challenge for us as educators is not only to educate our students to read, write but also to help them to gain critically and essential skills to survive and excel in this digital world.  As technology become a vital part and has integrated so intensely in daily life, it’s more important than ever for us to teach digital and media literacy to our students.

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TEACHING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

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Hello ECI832!

Education today is drastically evolving and so are our students. Today’s children are budding up in a digital world and Social media tools is integrated as a prominent part of our youth and it offers ocean of resources for students in learning and interactivity, there is no doubt that student benefit using them but in the same way it poses many concerns too and I think as educators it is our duty to tailor our students in becoming positive and efficient digital citizens. Digital citizenship is a word which had no importance or existence when we grew up but now things have changed. Now, the same topic is frequently educated in schools. Digital citizenship is an idea that helps educators, parents, students and technology user comprehend the proper use of technology. It is high time for us as educators to acknowledge the fact that we are no longer teaching our kids how to use technology (they are often proficient basic users of technology) but we are here to teach how responsibly use it.

 In the globally well-connected world that we are living today where technology plays a vital role and becoming more and more efficient and essential, the question that pops up in my mind is “Are we preparing our children for the future and teaching our kids the importance of digital citizenship”? There are many speculations with respect to the preparation of the children for the future but how do we get there? I believe that the current educational model needs to be rationalized to understand and achieve the skills and characteristics which will be very important for our students in the future. Dr. Alec’s and Katia Hildebrandt guide to “Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools” document provides an excellent guideline for school divisions and school-based administrators who are developing digital citizenship policies, I totally agree when it states that “Our world is changing, and schools need to adapt to new realities of knowledge, society, and education. Technology has fundamentally changed our idea of community and the ways in which we interact with each other, so that building individual networks for learning and support is more important than ever before”

As an educator back in days in my home country, I always felt that we need to do more than what we were doing to educate our children about digital citizenship. The country is booming with technology innovations and offered a lot to the world yet it has not recognized the immediate need of educating children about online behavior and making the digitally literate. I always felt that there is a strong need to integrate digital citizenship and Internet Maturity courses in Schools curriculum. As my fellow classmate, Ms. Moser states in her blog post I also feel that we lack the tools to appropriately introduce digital citizenship in our classrooms in an authentic way that will benefit students. I believe that the fundamentals of digital citizenship are not so different from the basic beliefs of traditional citizenship, one must be kind, respectful and accountable, and contribute in events that make the world a better place and that is what we as educators must teach our students and make them ready to be for the digital world.

The article “What is media literacy, and why is it important”?  beautifully describes the meaning of media literacy and how it goes beyond the ability to just read and write in the digital world. Our kids spend a great deal of time on the internet and they access an enormous amount of data from many sources and as educators, it is very important that we educate our kid’s media literacy skills which are very important and essential proficiency in the digital age. The article sheds light on what is media literacy and why is it so important for youngsters in this digital age. It is so true that media can be decoded and today’s kids are really good at it, they try to make meaning of most of the things they see and read over the internet and day to day life but most of the times not in an appropriate way and that is what makes media literacy more important and Andrea Quijada  in her TedEd video Creating critical thinkers through media literacy does a wonderful job in explaining it , I completely agree when she states that once students know how to deconstruct media they have gained super power and I believe we can lead them in that direction.

To reflect on our own digital life and practices, I believe that we must be right example to our students and showcase appropriate online behavior and importance of digital footprint. Patrick Maze’s discussion this week in our class further justified how important it is for us as educators to be mindful of and carefully monitor our digital footprint. Finally, as educators, we have to educate our students that using technology is a privilege which comes with a great responsibility if we don’t educate them the appropriate use of technology they will eventually end up in trouble. The article 9 resources for teaching digital citizenship explains how can we teach kids to use technology responsibly when the technology is changing faster than we can keep up. The article focuses on teaching Citizenship in the digital age and the challenges of teaching digital citizenship.

To wrap this week’s post, I would love to know how do you think could be the ideal way to introduce the concept of digital citizenship to today’s digital natives who assume that they know it all? and what challenges lie ahead for us as educators in this digital era to introduce the concept of digital citizenship when we lack the appropriate tools in our infrastructure?

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THE DIGITAL ME

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Hello Eci832,

Digital identity means so much more to me than it was before. Prior to this course my understanding of digital identity was just posting a decent photo over internet and being present in online spaces, only after my previous course with Dr. Alec Couros I understood that digital identity it more than just posting a photo and being present online, instead it defines who and what we are in this digital era. I think that our digital identity is the digital footprints that we are leaving behind in online spaces and as educators, we should be very cautious about our digital identities so that we can be the best example for our students.

Digital identity is how we showcase ourselves in the digital world. It is very important to have a good status online because we will be judged and take into account more seriously and our digital identity shows how organized and structured we are in our real life. Back in days a good physical/personal identity was everything that an individual would have focused on and they worked hard to maintain a reputed identity, which was the ultimate thing that elevated their reputation in the society and social life, but today things have changed, we are living in a digital era and there is a need for us to maintain a reputed digital identity too.

My PastMy digital presence was not always perfect and professional. I was introduced to the internet at the very young age in a country where technology was booming. I first entered into online spaces through Orkut and later Facebook. I used to post lame pictures and annoying posts never understanding the consequences and my vocabulary was all over the place. I never thought that there was something called as digital identity and I have to be more keen towards my online interactions, anyhow, what can one expect from a person who discovered internet at a very young and versatile age. I was irresponsible and dumb, my idea about digital identity was limited and my online interactions was just to fancy myself in front of my peers in school.

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My Present – Now, the digital me is much better than what it used to be, I have a professional twitter account and course blogs to showcase my learning and share my ideas with the world, as for my Facebook account, I am more cautious on what I post and comment on. I have come a long way from an irresponsible and dumb technology user to a more polished professional individual. I have realized that an online presence can be a vital tool for more than just employment purpose, it defines who I am, how I treat people and handle situations.

My Future –  For the future, I plan to be more professional online. I have to construct a strong digital presence so that it will nurture my growth in the academic world. I believe that internet is a very powerful tool and as educators, we have to be watchful of our digital identities. It is very important how we present ourselves on various social media platforms as it can have a negative effect on our professional life, so I want to be more vigilant on these platforms and make sure I leave behind a positive digital footprint. I plan to be a creative person online and become more productive and least vulnerable.

As an educator I see a strong need to educate our students the importance of digital identity, they are born in the digital world and sometimes are so naive that they do not understand consequences of having a negative digital reputation. As the article Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship states “either educators nor parents have the means to completely control how students use technology. That only makes it more important for educators to address digital citizenship in the classroom, so students will have a better idea of what they’re getting into once outside of it”. Our students are in a digital age where everything can be googled and online privacy and security has become a laughing stock, they have a long way to go and have no idea about

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their digital identity and reputation, they may not comprehend the consequences of having a negative digital identity and as educators, we must tailor them to perfection so that they leave behind an appropriate digital footprint, which in-return nurture their growth. Social media bullying has become a serious problem today, the article at No bullying.com states that children were often bullied at school or in their neighborhood. But today, with the increased use of the Internet, children are now being bullied in all locations and at all times, the article sheds light on the different area where children are bullied because of having a bad digital reputation or lack of knowledge about digital identity. So it is high time that we do something about it. As in my fellow classmate Amy B, states in her recent blog post, we have to also prepare students for a digital world that doesn’t fully exist yet, we have to ensure that they are equipped with the right knowledge so that they can have a productive future.

Finally, it leaves me with a question that, what challenges lies ahead for us as educators in teaching the digital natives the importance of digital identity when they assume that they are more tech-savvy than us? and misunderstand that we are controlling their digital life?

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SETTING COURSE TO REACH MY DESTINATION

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Hello ECI 832

It has been a great journey so far in this course, I am really enjoying it and collaborating with my fellow classmates makes it more interesting just like a cherry on the cake. I have got to learn so much more about digital citizenship and where our youngsters are today in term of their digital citizenship. Robyn D. Shulman article helps me in understanding more about the strategic areas from which digital citizenship can be better understood and the article further aided me the immediate need and importance of fostering better digital citizens today. I learned what is media literacy and why increase media literacy, I realized the fact that the world today is divided digitally into Digital natives, Digital immigrants and I understood the responsibilities of educators in this digital era. Finally, the article from Terry Heick further supported my decision on reviewing social media app and document my journey as more and more students interact digitally today with content, one another, and various communities, the concept of digital citizenship becomes increasingly important.

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So far this semester I have been researching a lot on my major project.  I spend most of my day exploring Snap Chat and Instagram, questioning myself on how and why are these apps so popular among youngsters. As I outlined in my Introductory blog post I have heard a lot about these apps as my students are on these apps on a regular basis but I haven’t used it personally and it would be a great journey as to know why and how these apps are so popular among our youngsters and what is our responsibility in making them digitally literate. After what I’ve come to discover over the past few

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weeks from the class readings and discussions I realized the immediate importance of digital citizenship and media literacy in our youth. Furthermore, I have come to realize that in order to educate my students the appropriate use of this app and their behave online it is important for me to understand this app’s from top to bottom. I am diving in deep and dissecting these app’s layer by layer using critical media lens, exploring its pros and cons, app platform to the terms of Service and privacy implications to educational value and usage. Further, My Love and Passion for Mathematics has motivated me to explore and examine educational apps such as. Wolf Algebra Course Assistant, Number line, and My Script calculator. These apps will really aid our students and mathematics will be a joyful journey. I have always been fascinated by my mathematical studies and having a flair for the subject has inspired me to go out of my comfort zone and take math to a whole new level in the classroom.

While continuing to explore  Snapchat, Instagram, Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant, Number line and My Script calculator apps as part of my final project, I’ve come across many hiccups, achievements, and a lot of information download. As this week we were told to reflect on how our major project connects to Mike Ribble’s nine elements of Digital Citizenship which I think are most important need to stay on the path to document my journey and reflect my personal project. I want to focus on and incorporate, digital etiquette, digital rights, and responsibilities, Digital Literacy, Digital Communication. My aim is to actively be a part of technology and get in-depth knowledge of the apps that I am working on. While using it I want to understand efficiently so that I can steer my students in the right direction. Like many others, it seems that I have taken a long time to set path in executing my major project but I hope to start a journey of learning and knowledge sharing by exploring these apps both as a student and a teacher. I hope that my project will help my fellow educators in guiding our students to have a healthy digital life.

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Gearing up students towards the digital future

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Hello Everyone,

 In the globally well-connected world that we are living today where technology plays a vital role and becoming more and more efficient and essential, the question that pops up in my mind is “Are we preparing our children for the future? There are many speculations with respect to the preparation of the children for the future but how do we get there? I believe that the current educational model needs to be rationalized to understand and achieve the skills and characteristics which will be very important for our students in the future.

 

I think most of us agree that the major trend in the education today has one or the other means of entanglement with technology integration. As schools explore different ways to embed technology into the classroom, educators are trying different methods for effective incorporation that promotes student success and knowledge gain. Technology has provided students with many vibrant learning tools like smartphones, tablets, laptops etc and these tools are the most adaptable learning tools in the history of education where our students have immediate access to enormous

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amount of information which is both informative and collaborative. In this digital era students are equipped with tools and technology which enables them to travel and explore the world even without stepping out of their house, see the trending things happening around the globe by their fingertips from their smartphone, speak and collaborate with people from different countries instantly. The world today is open to them and waiting for them to discover it and we as educators must ensure that they are well prepared to encounter the various challenges they might face and safely sail through the digital world.

As I was going through this week’s reading materials I found many interesting articles to support my views on this blog post, 2020 Future Work Skills article from this week’s readings particularly intrigued me to explore a little further, and I think It portraits the skills our children need in the near future and It also greatly inspire out teaching practices. The article categorizes the top 10 skills our children need to know as they advance further in the digital world. In the present education world, everyone is talking about the word” Digital”, Digital immigrants, digital natives, digital learning and teaching, digital citizenship, digital literacy, digital curriculum etc and I think it is pretty safe to say that digital world has arrived and will continue to flood every part of our lives in the future and education is no exception and as educators this is the world that we should be preparing students for. Digital learning which is facilitated by direct or indirect use of technology or digital tools will be a likely game changer for educators to boost student learning and teaching moments in the classroom. Students who will be entering the future workforce will need various skills such as collaboration, tech knowledge, critical thinking, ingenuity, problem-solving etc. and as educators, it is our responsibility in getting them ready for the digital community and digital future.

As my fellow classmate Amy discusses in her blog post, we are preparing students to be a better part of a community that they are already part of. We must ensure that they must be an effective and efficient digital citizen and as educators, we have a unique opportunity to shape our students (digital natives) use and engage with digital tools and technologies in positive ways that can help them become successful digital citizens. I completely agree with Robyn D. Shulman while she addresses her concerns on digital citizenship in her article by stating “Digital Citizenship is more than just a curriculum to be taught in a classroom; it is an ongoing process to prepare youth for a society immersed in technology, personally and professionally” By making our students digitally literate and an efficient digital citizen we can prepare them to not just to excel in the schools, but also in the future workforce. Digital literacy is not just putting smart devices in student’s hands, though. Today’s students (digital natives) are born in the digital era but they are not equipped with efficient digital literacy skills, I agree the fact that they may be very comfortable using these digital tools but their understanding is always limited and this is where we as educators come in.

Finally, it leaves me with a question that, what challenges lies ahead for us as educators in this digital era to gear up our students towards the enhanced digital future? And is our current education system adequately prepared and equipped to direct our students for the digital world ahead?

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The Digital Divide: Am I a digital native or an immigrant ….?

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This week’s content was interesting and it kept me thinking “Who am I” ….? Am I a Digital native or a Digital Immigrant...? I had never heard of this terminology before and of course, I was born after 1980 and does that make me a digital native? It was hard for me to agree with the argument of Digital Native and Digital Immigrant. So, I wanted to check who I really was and I started researching over the internet of my origin in this digital era.

I found an interesting Quiz to determine my identity and I took the FIRST QUIZ  and the result surprised me when it stated that I am a digital immigrant, that’s odd I was born after 1980 and how was I am a Digital Immigrant?

So, I took a  SECOND QUIZ  Alas, I’m a Digital native now! So, what exactly am I? and what is my role as a teacher in teaching children of this digital Era.

As per Prensky’s definition of digital natives, A digital native is defined as native speakers of the digital language of computers, video games, and the internet. A digital immigrant is defined as those who were not born into the digital world but later in their lives became fascinated by and adopted many or most of the new technology. After going through this week’s readings/viewing’s it came to me as a shock that there is a term called as “Digital Native and Digital Immigrant” and the world today is divided into two.  As I stated before I was really unaware of the meaning of it, So I reflected on the wordNative”. The term “Native” means “a person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth”, thus a digital native is someone who was born into the digital era and it doesn’t mean that they are more digitally literate.

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The Assumption around today’s Digital natives is that “They know it all” their experience with the digital technologies is to rapidly learn how to collaborate in a new and exhilarating ways and the only obstacle in front of them is their Digital immigrants, But the reality is that they do not have the experience which will allow them to learn in the broader sense which is very vital in this accelerating digital world. I agree that they do possess the skills which is required to learn new tools and technology in a much faster pace but they combine that skill with poor models for rationalizing and inquiring that avert them from using their digital skills in significant ways.

The world is changing and so are our students and yes, I totally agree when Prensky  states “ today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach” and even though I can say that I am digital native but in comparison to today’s children I see myself as an immigrant to the technology. I acknowledge the fact that today’s children are so far ahead in respect to the technological realm, that we sometimes reach out for them to help, but being a digital native is not the same as being a responsible digital citizen and that is where we come in. Our children irrespective of how tech savvy they are, they are always in need of guidance. As a teacher I see a strong need to educate our students the importance of digital identity, they are sometimes so naive that they do not understand consequences of having a negative digital reputation. They are in a digital age where everything can be googled online and privacy has become a laughing stock, our students have a long way to go and have no idea that their reputation might be at stake, they may not comprehend the consequences of what is shared via the internet. We must tailor them to leave behind an appropriate digital footprint so that it will nurture their growth.

Finally, I feel that both digital natives and digital immigrants have to develop “digital perception” and just because a person is born in a particular era doesn’t necessarily mean that they “know it all” and as for myself I am still confused whether am I a digital immigrant? Or a digital native, but I am sure that I am a responsible digital citizen and I feel it is our responsibility as a teacher to make our children an effective and efficient digital native.

So, a fundamental question to depart with is, how would you classify yourself? Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant? And why? Do digital natives exist? If yes, what does it mean to be a digital native?

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