If I Won't WebMD it-Don't WebMD Me!

As of now, I want to center my contribution to our Field Guide for surviving the darkness around today's youth. Being a teacher, I find this idea of digital surveillance fascinating, but also discouraging in terms of how to teach my students. They only care about the latest music or what Youtuber said what this week. I struggle with finding the words to make them care about this issue, as they need to be aware of it. 
During my research on how best to discuss this with them, I came across a New York times article, titled "How Companies Scour Our Digital Lives for Clues to Our Health", by Natasha Singer. This article brought up the idea of digital phenotyping: when a source, such as Facebook, tries to assess someone's physical or mental well-being based on their digital habits. 
According to the article, through tracking the amount of times a person touches their phone to the types of interactions they have online, this field is aiming to assess suicidal thoughts, detec…

Two Truths and a Lie-Week 4

Two Truths and a Lie: a game we have all played at one point or another. It's a common ice breaker used amongst teachers and professionals to foster comraderie and a sense of team. 

Each person has to come up with two things about themselves that are true and one that isn't. After sharing all three facts, the remaining players need to guess which one is the lie, in the hopes of all sharing a laugh.
I hate this game. I hated it in school, I hated it during sorority recruitment, and I hated it during professional development workshops. 
I hate it even more when I have to figure out the truths and lies on the internet.
As a teacher, I do my best to prepare my students for evaluating sources on the internet. Yet the problem is that this world is evolving faster than I can teach them and there is so much more they need to know.

Illuminating the Darkness one nightlight at a time!

In Network Narratives, our class discussions and work is being culminated into a Field Guide at the end of the semester. This is a guide to navigating our way through the darkness and into the light of this digital age we are in, and continuing to learn about.

My passion for the work I plan to contribute may grow and evolve, but at this stage, my primary concern is preparing my students for the world they are inheriting. I want them to be safe and learn to protect themselves. But in the ever increasing digital world, a world that is literally all they've ever known, how do I bring them into the light?
The article, "Be True to Your School: Protecting Student Privacy in the Digital Age" , the Journal of High Technology Law explores just that. The article discusses the use of technology in the classroom. There's no doubt about the benefits of technology, or the importance of it. Students are typing essays rather than writing them in cursive. Parent communication is immedi…

Breaking News: Big Foot Is Real!

But in this case....I'm referring to our online presence! Not the North American folktale. 

How Many of You Have Ever Felt Personally Victimized by the Regina George of the Internet: Surveillance