#Hacking and Education
addressing problems, hacking, privacy, and digital footprints
"our personal information and private data is... often protected only by a single password"
"act responsibly and ethically... while safeguarding their own information"
The new era of instant communication and information access has brought many benefits as well as problems and pitfalls that didn't exist before. We can benefit in many ways by maintaining access and a digital presence, but our personal information and private data is always available and often protected only by a single password. Because of the massive problems that can be caused by identity theft, fraud, and hacking of all kinds; understanding security and how to manage our online data and profiles is becoming more important by the day. The best way to do this is to educate people from a young age to act responsibly and ethically towards others in the digital realm while safeguarding their own information.
Digital Footprints (how to manage your web presence):
The following Classroom Technology Guide and the Digital Citizen resources at the bottom of this page can help students, parents, and teachers become safer more responsible users of internet technology while at the same time protecting their privacy and managing their online profiles to keep a positive and beneficial internet presence. Here is a list of important things to keep in mind about our digital footprints and the effects that they can have on our future educational or job opportunities. Once we've cleaned up any negative things in our digital footprints that we can, then a good practice is to intentionally create a positive web presence that will highlight our work and contributions to society.
guide to classroom technology
Just-in-Time Social/Ethical Lesson: Understanding technology use and overcoming obstacles
A Prezi.com presentation on Safe, Responsible and Ethical Technology Use:
Click the button below for an online presentation to help students understand hacking concerns and how to protect their privacy while online and manage their digital footprints.
Example lesson to identify protocols, possible problems and solutions/support options for technology use at school:
The following is a “just-in-time” (JIT) lesson in the form of a provocative open ended question which allows an opportunity for students to “take a stand and justify their position” (Novak, 2014). These questions can be answered to identify protocols, possible problems and solutions/support options from the LANNA Secondary School Student-Parent Handbook, (Lewis, 2017). The infographic above can help to inform students, parents, and teachers about the protocols outlined by the school.
JUST-IN-TIME SOCIAL/ETHICAL LESSON:
Understanding technology use and overcoming obstacles
You have received a school-issued laptop, what kinds of activities are you allowed to do with that laptop? How can you properly care for it, and your accounts and data stored on it, to avoid any problems? If you do have any problems, how can you get it fixed and who should you talk to for help? Include at least 5 problems that you might have and precautions/solutions.
What kinds of problems could be caused for other students, teachers or parents by engaging in unethical behavior online or with computers/phones? Include at least three problems and ways that creating difficulties for others can be avoided.
Please look over the “Ultimate Guide to Classroom Technology” info-graphic while answering these questions in full sentences. (See Above)
Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship
Alignment with the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship:
The JIT lesson was created to initiate critical thinking about using school and personal technology resources for educational purposes while being aware of the school policies, ethical considerations and possible problems. It addresses several of the ISTE standards relating to becoming an “Empowered Learner” and a “Digital Citizen” (ISTE Standards for students, 2017). Note the 9 themes in the following infographic and continue reading below for more information on alignment.
Many of the issues addressed in the lesson and info-graphic are outlined in the Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship (Ribble, 2017). Specifically aspects of themes 5, 6 and 9: Digital Etiquette, Digital Law, and Digital Security are covered in the resource and explored in the lesson. These important themes will require much more than just one lesson to fully illustrate, but this is a start. Here are some excellent resources from "Common Sense Education" for learning about and teaching digital citizenship including privacy, security, safety, and other concerns. And a few more helpful graphic resources below.
Continue to the Forum for a contact form and additional useful resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers about digital citizenship and online tools to make presentations and graphics.
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