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Digital Identity and Schools

We were asked this week to talk about one of a few different things and of the list, I chose Digital Identity. I chose digital identity because I feel like it relates to my learning project as it will be a topic that I discuss with my students while we are blogging and considering when we are presenting ourselves online.

Maintaining your digital identity is a complex task. This has a lot to do with the ability to take things from the internet and claim them as your own along with the fact that once it is online, there is no way to take it back and it will always be documented on the internet.

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When I look at my digital identity, some of the things that I do to manage it is to do regular checks of my security settings on my various social media accounts as well as mediate and go on what I call an “unfriending spree”. I go through those who have the most open access to my accounts every 2-3 months and consider if they still need to be my friend or connection on my social media account and often unfriend quite a few people every time I do this. I have also become more selective on who I will be connected to.

Not only do I limit and restrict who has access to me on certain accounts, I also censor what I share, like, and comment on. I recognize that every time I engage with certain content online, others online are able to see what I have engaged with. When I go to share a video, like a photo, or comment on someone’s status, I always take a moment to consider how this will affect me as a teacher if someone sees it, can it be “used against me” in some way? That teacher hat never comes off and therefore I need to ensure that I am always acting “on duty”. I also have to consider my division’s procedure for Use of Social Media.

When talking with students, or when I see students interacting on various forms of social media, I try to share the risks of sharing online. My division has a policy on what students are allowed to share and I have dealt with some issues of inappropriate use of social media as an acting administrator in my building but I feel that more needs to be done in order to help students understand the effects of them sharing personal information online. This is part of the reason why I have chosen my major project to involve interacting online through blogs. The blogs will allow me to bring digital citizenship and some of the laws and regulations of sharing images, photos, and the work of others into the classroom in a real and applicable manner where they may demonstrate more “buy-in” to the ideas of being a citizen of the digital world and not just someone who uses it.

Do you have personal rules or procedures you use to ensure the security and appropriateness of your social media accounts? Do you add your students (current or past)? Does your division have a policy around social media that you are required or recommended to follow?


Week 5: Social Media and Its Potential to Build a Positive World

15 years ago, the world didn’t know Facebook and Twitter, it’s hard to imagine how fast the social media has developed over the time. It’s no doubt that since the booming of social media, the world has been connected and people are getting closer to each other than ever.

Social media has changed the world in the way it enables people to know what is happening in other parts of the world where few people are capable to travel there and see by themselves.  When the Harvey hurricane hit Texas, people around the world were watching constantly updated news on Facebook and Twitter, many people in the center of the hurricane used social media to inform their friends and families that they are safe and they shared the pictures their local area current situations. People from other parts of the world reached out to the hurricane’s victims via social media, they sent supplements, food, clothes, people also established many online donation lines via social media. With social media, people can discover mystery countries such as North Korea where only a few people have had the chance to actually go there and see, people are able to see the life of a place where they would never be able to go with the shared pictures on social media. Social media has also changed the world with its capacity to spread information. Local authorities use social media to inform their residents about emergencies, electricity cut, or community social events. In remote communities, social media acts as a tool for people to interact with outside world. Education makes a better world and online education through various social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter enable more and more people to access knowledge anywhere and anytime. My MEd – Educational Administration program used to be delivered in purely face-to-face format but it has just been transformed into an online program to accommodate students from across Saskatchewan, I have a classmate from Nunavut and she is able to take classes in the program thanks to the online format of our program.

Social media has many potentials in building a better world thanks to the speed of spreading information. Although there are still many people who still don’t use social media due to various reasons, unavailability of the Internet, lack of devices, personal choices…, in the future, I strongly believe that the number of people who use social media will dramatically increase. The more the number of people uses social media, the more we are connected to each other. 


Making Mathematics simpler and joyful – magic math 2017-10-19 05:36:56

SQUARE ANY NUMBER USING VEDIC MATH

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having fun with math using Vedic mathematics technique, in my previous post we learned multiplication tricks and witnessed that how easily we can solve complex multiplication problems using Vedic math. Knowledge to execute fast mental mathematical calculation will help us enormously regardless of which field of life our deal with. The significance of these mental math tricks is that it will give us positive edge over others irrespective of whether we are a student or a teacher.

In this blog post, we will learn how to find a square of any number using Vedic math technique.

Now we will see the how we can implement Vedic technic and find the square of numbers ending with unit place digit as 5 (up to 95) in specific method.

Type 1: Square of any number with 5

                      252

1)2 is in ten’s place 5 is in unit’s place

2) Splits the digit

3) Tens place is 2 the next number of 2 is 3 multiply it i.e.2×3=6

4) Square of 5 is 25

5) Step 3 & step 4 together gives the final answer i.e.625

Type 2: Square of any number with 25

                             4252

1) Split two digits, hundred’s place 4 & ten’s and unit’s place is 25

2) Square hundred’s place i.e.42 = 16

3) Square of 252 = 625

4) Then divide 4/2=2

5) Add 16+2=18

6) Multiply 18 by 10 we will i.e. 18×10=180

7) Step 3 & step 6 together gives final answer i.e. 180,625

Type 3: Square of any number lies between (30-80)

                                     532

1)5 is ten place (Left side) & 3 is in unit place (Right side)

2) Consider the base, here 50 is nearest which can be taken as a  Power of 10

3) Deviate the Number i.e. 53= (50+3) (Base + n)

4) Take the half of the base and add the digit of deviation ‘n’ i.e. 25+3=28

5) Square unit place (Right side) i.e. 32=9, When we take square of right side, if we get  1-digit value then we have to consider the value as 0 & the digit hence the value will be   09

6) Step 4 & Step 5 together gives the answer i.e. = 2,809

Type 4: Square of any number to Base 100

                       982

1) Consider the base, here 100 is nearest base which can be taken as a power of 10

2) Deviate the number i.e. 98= (100-2) (Base-n)

3) Then 98-2=96

4) (n 2) i.e. 22=4, if we get 1-digit value then we have to consider the value as 0 & the digit then the value will be 04

5) Step 3 & step 4 together gives the answer i.e. 9604

Type 5: Square of any number near to Base n×100         

                                896 2

1) Consider the base, here 900 is nearest base which can be taken as a power of 10

2) Find the deviation for the given digits i.e. 8962= (900-4)2

3) We will split Base as (9×100 – 4) (n×100-n 1)

4) Multiply the given digit with n i.e. 896×9=8064

5) n×(-n 1) =9× (-4) =-36

6) Step 4-Step 3 i.e.8064-36=8028

7) Square n 1 i.e.42=16

8) Step 6 & Step 7 together gives the answer i.e. 802816

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Some of us might find it difficult when we just see these steps, with just a little bit of practice we can easily master these tricks and perform these simple math tricks in blink of an eye. In the below video I have solved few problems based on the above stated steps and I hope after seeing the video you find this technic simple and easy.

Thanks for stopping by.

 


Close to giving up completely…

So here we are, a long 4 weeks into my project (with a week of refusing to work on it) and this is what I have produced. It was a scarf. Now it’s a circle. I don’t know why. I’ve investigated, why, sent emails to crocheting groups (they aren’t so much on Twitter from what I can find), but I don’t know why, or how to correct the curve.

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A scarf that isn’t what it is supposed to be. 

I had to walk away from it, because after 2+ hours of researching crocheting errors and common mistakes, I was unable to determine what I am doing wrong.

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So I am going to quit. I am going to go back to the beginning and use a new stitch I will learn from a new video. I am also going to find a specific pattern for what I am going to do. Hopefully forgetting everything I did, will help me also forget my subconscious mistake. I’ll keep you posted.

I am going to find someone to point me in the right direction and sit with me for my first two rows of the next project. I am going to need more yarn and more confidence. I am finding it hard to not have access to the support of someone who know what they are doing. I know this is supposed to be through online, but I think 10 minutes with someone will show me the error of my ways.

I’ve even gone so far as to look for courses on community association websites. I was hoping to find a class like this locally, but no luck. Perhaps, I should put out a want ad. Yes. That’s what I will do. A want ad on Twitter.

Wish me luck and stay tuned.


Blogging about Blogs

So I have been spending some time plotting the implementation of my major project. I started by looking at my goals and then seeing what tools I have available through the software on my school computers. We have access to laptops, desktops, and iPads and, in looking at the programs installed, I have access to various web browsers and Zoom to help my students contact experts. I have also found an expert. I still need to organize and arrange but, at a meeting I attended as Career Counsellor, an anthropology professor stated he would love to talk to high school students. I want to figure out more of a timeline before I contact him about “Zoom”-ing into our class but I hope to arrange a conversation.

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I have also started to set up blog accounts. I decided to go with Edublogs as it is based on WordPress but allows me to approve all comments, at least until my students get the hang of things. I have also sent home a parent information letter explaining how I will be using blogs in the classroom. I can’t wait until I can start setting up the blogs!

 


Solidarity Throughout Pregnancy

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Between the 7th and 9th week of my pregnancy a blood test confirmed that I was pregnant and at this point the embryo is changing in size from a blueberry, to a raspberry (raspbaby), and again to a medium green olive – something actually tangible.

Symptoms include: breast tenderness, fatigue, headaches, dry heaving, nausea, constipation, gas, and bloating.

Development: heartbeat, lips, nose, eyelids, legs, and the head and muscles develop more. (Source: What to Expect When You Are Expecting, 5th Edn.)

Learning about it’s size and development was an important step in making the experience real. It is such a strange thing, transitioning from drinking a glass of wine and coffee on a semi-regular basis and playing competitive sports to instantly changing eating, drinking, and fitness habits.

I noticed right away how much anxiety I was having over the pregnancy because I started to drive well-below the speed limit and sleeping/resting probably more than I needed to. This realization that my life will no longer be the same came as such a surprise. As I watched my husband drink a cold beer, enjoy his morning coffee, go and play basketball with his friends, I started to feel jealous and lonely that I could no longer participate in the lifestyle we shared not too long ago. His life didn’t have to change instantly and he was able to just be excited about the idea of having a baby.                                    Photo Credit: DarnKid

These frustrations coupled with the intense feelings of isolation are scary and can be divisive. It is obvious that it is not his fault in any way for living his life, however, I needed some tools to help me understand how I was feeling about the changes in my lifestyle. I wanted to make sure that when I bring up the topic I don’t sound super hormonal, but it seems like that might be inevitable.

I searched some online blogs and came across a helpful article that identifies 15 Great Ways to Support her During Pregnancy, and the second point suggested,

“She may have given up smoking, stopped drinking alcohol, switched to a healthier diet and started doing more regular exercise. Help her out by making these changes too.”

I think it goes a long way to show your partner support by changing your lifestyle to match how her lifestyle has changed. In my relationship, we both wanted to have a baby and so this showing of solidarity throughout the experience seems like an important piece.

10 Weeks Pregnant

At 10 weeks pregnant the embryo is 1.5 inches – the size of a prune. At this stage it graduates from and embryo to a fetus.  Bones and cartilage are forming (indents for knees and elbows), teeth are forming under the gums, or the stomach begins producing digestive juices, kidneys produce more urine, and the male testes produce progesterone. (Source: What to Expect When You Are Expecting, 5th Edn.) What a busy week of development!

TIP: Here is a tip for anyone who just found out they are pregnant and are beginning to experience symptoms. My friend told me once that when she was pregnant and her husband asked her how she was feeling, she would describe it, as if it were a hangover. So, on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is can’t get out of bed for days hung over, you can relate how you are feeling in a way that might make some sense (food averse, gas, bloating, indigestion, nausea, etc.).

Thanks for reading!

A beginning…Soon

So I am finally caught up in all the other areas of my life enough that I can start to dedicate time to my learning project. I plan on learning how to code an arduino robot. I had already picked up the kit for a student a few years back and so here is a picture of all the stuff I am about to lug home. More to come in the days ahead.


Digital Identities in the 21st Century

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Until recently I hadn’t considered my digital identity too much. I remember when I was an undergraduate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina I had learned through Education Professional Studies courses how to be a professional educator. This meant I had to both ensure there weren’t any inappropriate photos taken of me at parties and make sure that they did not end up on social media.

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In order to ensure appearances, I removed any photos that friends took of me from Facebook so that I could have more control over my digital identity. Since it has been a few years since I have been in a classroom, I haven’t reviewed my digital identity or considered it much at all.

I have not been a very active participant in social media for several years, rather, I have taken more of a passive approach to and have become a bit more of a voyeur. I recognize more and more that digital spaces can offer community and that I am technically part of several online communities. Since I do not participate, perhaps I am an ineffective community member and should reconsider my membership and be more intentional with my engagement.

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In order to better understand the complexities of my digital identity I reviewed my profiles on a variety of social media platforms which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. In order to evaluate my membership with these platforms I Google searched ‘digital identity’ to help give me some perspective of how to reflect on what I am sharing with the world. I found a blog post called, Digital Identity: The Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World, by Irving Wladawsky-Berger helpful in shaping my understanding of a digital identity. Wladawsky-Berger asks and responds to the question,

“What is identity?  

Whether physical or digital in nature, identity is a collection of individual information or attributes that describe an entity and is used to determine the transactions in which the entity can rightfully participate.”

By looking at the information I share about my life and the attributes that are conveyed through my online presence I am better able to understand how I am using these platforms. It appears that my digital identity on is more professional because I use it more frequently for work or school and it is the location with which my professional learning network exists. I am connected to academics, writers, activists, theorists, educators, and non-profit organizations through Twitter, and less so with other social media platforms.

and are platforms where my digital identity is least developed. This is because these platforms are newer to me, but also because the volume of information I receive from them makes it easy to be only a voyeur and not an active participant.

is my longest running social media platform and has been used predominantly for social purposes. I have engaged in this community since 2007 and have chronologically shared moments in my life through photos and posts. This is both disturbing and interesting to reflect on as I don’t necessarily want to be remembered as the 22 year old who posted about what seem to be self-important or hyper-critical, as I did when I was younger. The story I tell about myself through Facebook is one that I will be more conscious of and will re-evaluate it to ensure it better reflects the person I am and hope to be.

Though I have not personally used social media as a tool for seeking employment, I have used it to find out more about an applicant when considering a new hire. Admittedly, I found it quite useful to be able to get to know the candidates before meeting them in person. Saying that, I was fairly surprised with the information presented by Lindy Olafson in her blog. She discusses the idea that in the future all students will have professional identities before leaving school. This concerns me because if this is true it seems like the digital divide may get larger, and if digital identities become the norm in hiring practices it will give younger generations an advantage in the job market. This has the potential to disadvantage a significant number of people who do not have connectivity or education in technology or social media.

I enjoyed reading Ashley Jamison’s blog where she discusses ways to develop your professional identity. I have some work to do in professionalizing and focusing my social media usage while developing my PLN as well, and I will work on this throughout this course.

Thanks for reading!

 


With Gentlenes and Respect

This week’s assignment for my ECI 831 class was to write about either dealing with fake news, digital identity or how social media could be a force for good or evil in the world. I found it a tough choice, but I decided to look at the fake news because as a science teacher it is the one that I have to deal with the most.

Science is not like most subjects, while most subjects (other than math) have things that are subjective, science is supposed to be about objective fact, so what possible fake news could there be? You would be surprised, well not likely. There are the fairly harmless moon landing deniers, all the way to the much more serious climate change deniers and then straight into the endangering us all territory, the anti-vaxers. All of these are my everyday students. They come to class with their already established world views and they have their social media bubbles protecting them. So how do I go about teaching them about how to be critical consumers of the information around them? How do I get them to change their minds? And how do I know I am right anyway? It is these questions that I will explore in this post.

I will actually start with the last question I posed. How do I know I am right? Well the truth is I don’t. But as a science teacher and someone who tries to use the scientific method, I am very confident that I am correct (at least on these three issues). To start with I have to explain that most people think science means technology and that is not true at all. Science is a method of trying to get at the truth of something by trying to identify all the stuff that is false and then whatever is left is held as truth. If you have never heard the scientific method described like this check out this video below.

So when I say that I am confident that I am right it is because I have invested my energy into trying to prove that I am wrong. The longer that I cannot do that the more confident I become in my beliefs. This is one of the ways that I use for myself when trying to determine if something can be trusted. I look up the best evidence against it and analyse the evidence to see if there is anything to it. The tricky part is deciding which information to give more weight to and which to discard as invalid, or less important. That is were I really liked the concept of “Four Moves and a Habit” for formalizing into steps a lot of what I was doing already.

  1. Check for previous work.
  2. Go upstream for the source.
  3. Read laterally.
  4. Circle back.

That now brings me to the title of this post, “With Gentleness and Respect.” I teach in a k-12 Christian School with about 40 kids per grade. This means that I know each of the high school students by name, I have taught their older siblings, and will teach their younger ones. Many of their parents I am friends with and know outside of the school. So for me relationship plays a part in this. I could bombard the student with overwhelming evidence that their point of view is wrong, but I have to look at what it is that I am trying to accomplish and ask is that the best way to go about it? Dr. Alec Couros mentioned in class last week that research shows people actually become more entrenched in their own views when confronted with opposing information.

“You’re still wrong, Dad.” (Watterson 6/17/1990)

As Shelby reminded us in her post we need to take the emotion out of the situation. At the start of the year in each of my science courses I talk with the students about how science works, how it is a truth discovery technique and also about how we need to feel safe to ask questions. I take time to setup guidelines with the students about how to disagree with each other without getting angry. I have a quote up on the wall that says, “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” This is a quote from a book in the Bible, 1 Peter 3:15. I tell the students that this does not just relate to their faith, but to everything. Any time they think something is incorrect they are to treat it with gentleness and respect, and this means being humble enough to admit when we are wrong. After all if you get into a huge arguement with someone you are still going to have to sit in the same room as them for almost every class for possibly another 4 years. It is better instead to humbly and respectfully say I disagree with that because of x, and if you do not have a reason to say that you disagree, and it is just emotion then remember that it is okay to change your opion based on new information.

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So in summary, my approach to teaching the students about how to evaluate whether something is true is to:

  1. Use the scientific method, try to prove that it is wrong.
  2. Use the 4 moves and a habit to evaluate sources of information.
  3. Treat things with gentleness and respect. Be humble enough to admit when we are wrong.

Does it always work? No, I will sometimes have students tell me that they know the “correct” answers for the test and that they disagree with it. With that said though I know that they have heard the correct information, that they have engaged with it and for many of them it is simply a matter of time. In the meantime I have not destroyed relationship and they are still willing to talk with me about their beliefs and what things they are thinking through.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this.


Building Positive Digital Footprints 2017-10-15 05:29:10

Hello Everyone,

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 only 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,as in my fellow classmate  Amy B,  felt in her Blog post on digital Identity even I thought that this week blog post topic was simple, as I was active in social media (Facebook not twitter) I would share some of my experiences and only after a lot of thought I understood the importance of the topic and how our digital identity defines our physical identity or represents who we are in this digital era.

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What is digital identity? Whether digital identity defines our physical identity ?Wikipedia Defines that a digital identity is information on an entity used by computer systems to represent an external agent. That agent may be a person, organisation, application, or device , that means it is an online identity, and if we are defining our own digital identity  according to, Binary Tattoo  digital identity is a permanent collection of data about yourself that is available online. Let us mark the words PERMANENT, so the answer to my second question is yes our digital identity definitely defines our physical identity and represents who we are, We are very particular when it comes to our physical identity. We try to make ourselves presentable to the best of our knowledge, the way we dress, part our hair, the way we eat food or the way we speak to others and that reflects who we are and how other others see us and that in-return defines identity, where as our digital identity may actually be more important than our physical identity because when people are looking us or our work online they judge us based on the information which is available online about us. So we must be very careful when we portrait our self and our work online.

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 internet. We must tailor them to leave behind an appropriate digital footprint so that it will 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 different area where children’s are bullied because of have a bad digital reputation or lack of knowledge about digital identity. So it is high time that we do something about it.

The question arises that how can we educate our students to be a positive contributors and responsible digital citizens which will ensure that they will have a positive digital identity. As Educators  we can  refer to a ISTE White Paper, Building and Keeping a Positive Digital Identity, Which will guide us to help students be more cautious of what they are doing online. The article poses five questions which teachers can use to teach students about online behavior and identity.

What information am I sharing?

How secure is it?

Whom am I sharing it with?

What am I leaving behind?

What are my rights?

I found another useful  Article by Dawn McGuckin – Teaching Students about Their Digital Footprints,  which I felt very effective to guide our students, in his article he describe several steps for creating a lesson plan that will aid in making the Internet a constructive tool for building a positive, online identity for our students.

Thanks for stopping by.