EDUC 331 Blog Entry 1
Technological Integration, Digital Citizenship, and Copyright
This is an interesting topic for me. Looking back at my life I have always been interested in technology. I can remember getting my first Nintendo NES and Sega Genesis. I can remember playing computer games like “Marble Madness” on 6in floppy disk at Tremont Elementary. I can remember the sound of the dialup modem connecting to the World Wide Web and the “Welcome” and “You’ve Got Mail” when connected to America Online. These are all luxuries afforded to us born before the 90’s. These technologies are things of the past and it is mind-blowing to see how far it has come. I am proud to be from the generation of chat rooms, 4-track tapes, and payphones.
Adding to the exponential increase in technology is the need for digital security and protection of people on the Internet. It is really interesting to discuss the push for people to now involve themselves on the Internet. Growing up I can remember the first time I made a transaction on the Internet. I can remember the reluctance of my father to input his credit card into the computer and submit it to seller in which he could not physically see or speak to. Who would have thought a mere 15 years later where we would be as a society? As Moore’s law projects technology to double in speed every year, we as a society need to continue integration into our schools. With all of the integration it is our jobs as educators to make sure students are being good digital citizens. This at first was a somewhat unfamiliar term to me. The times have changed but the perception and rules have not. Though high school it was about safety on the Internet. We were to keep our identity a secret to protect from predators and bad people. Though the idea is still the same the generations growing up now need to empowered and show off their achievements on the web. As for safety on the Internet the rules still apply and integrity is still paramount. It’s really easy to hide behind a computer or cell screen and bully, or steel what isn’t yours. I remember the backlash of Napster and when looking at the streaming apps like Netflix, why wouldn’t we all just share the same account. After all what’s the harm if you don’t get caught. Bringing me to my next point of copyright. This supreme and needs to be treated with seriousness in the classroom. It’s too easy to Google image search, drag an image onto your desktop and use it on a presentation for class. This is using work that is not yours and should be considered plagiarism. Growing up this was always the most serious offence one could commit academically. Even today my college professors say if they catch anyone plagiarizing they will do all they can to get the individual kicked out of college. It is not looked at lightly and education in Creative Commons and proper citing of sources cannot be overstressed. It takes an extra 2 seconds to open the image tool bar and search of items that are available to noncommercial reuse. About a tenth as long as it took to hear the words “you’ve got mail”.