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An End to Trolling?

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In a universe where people can be different online, have different monikers and hide behind a keyboard, there is almost no online accountability whatsover. Because of this we have many trolls. People who spew hatred and vile things just because they feel like it. It's absolutely terrible However we may have found a possible solution to end/ or hinder trolling on the internet! Check out the artice here.


How Will Technology Change Criminal Justice?

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I have been thinking recently about how technology is impacting our education system. Many teachers are adopting new ways to teach using technology. Well along side the education system it got me thinking about how technology is impacting our criminal justice system. Well interestingly enough, there is a paragraph in this article that focuses on social media and how the cops will use social media to reconnect with their communities! Super interesting!

Here's the article! 



Washington teachers less experienced; diversity gap remains wide

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Excerp from reported finding:

A recent report by University of Washington College of Education researchers for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, explores the movement and demographic characteristics of the state’s approximately 60,000 teachers within and across districts, as well as into and out of the profession.

One major finding is that the share of first- and second-year teachers in Washington schools has nearly doubled in the last six years, from 6.0 percent of the workforce (3,387 teachers) in 2010-11 to 11.6 percent (6,918 teachers) in 2015-16. 

From a 94 percent share of the teaching workforce in 1995-96, white teachers continued to comprise 90 percent of Washington teachers in 2015-16.

Full report can be found HERE

Now more than ever it is imparative to take a multicultural approach to teaching. With the diversity of students across the state increasing, the percentage of educators of color has been stagnant for far too long. The educational workforce across that nation and here in our "progressive" state reamains overwhelmingly white.We as individuals need to make an effort wherever possible to use the tools we are learning to expand and diversify our teaching methods. Learning new literacies especially digital tools will be needed to bridge our social divide. 



Digital Literacy In The Classroom

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The article Digital Literacy In The Classroom explains what being digitally literate means. As defined by the New York Department of Education, being digital literate means "having the knowledge and ability to use a range of technology tools for varied purposes.” Digitally literate people are those who “can use technology strategically to find and evaluate information, connect and collaborate with others, produce and share original content, and use the Internet and technology tools to achieve many academic, professional, and personal goals", which is essentially what we are learning about in this class. To see how to apporach problems with our digital skills and to encourage learning what we are able to do with these devices and platforms so that we may better understand issues, find credible information, create fun and interesting presentations, and much more. The article also explains that educators need to build a digital curriculum that can help students navigate their devices and the Internet. Educators also need to bring digital literacy to the classroom in order to help students learn what they can do, activities to help them grow these skills, and how to search for credible information. One other point in this article I liked was that it explained how parents and teachers alike need to see the usage of digital devices as opportunities for learning and not as devices that are monsters (unsafe, unknown, unable to be moniterd) so that they can help students develop the neccessary understanding and skills to solve complex problems, assess risks, and get help when they need it. 




Technology Supports for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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In one of my other classes I am doing a research paper on how assistive technology benefits those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I thought this article discussed a very interesting approach. This article discusses technoloy and media supports for those with Autism Spectrum disorder. It is a common characteristic for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder to have difficulty communicating with others. This difficulty according to the article can be assisted by media based tools. Interesting how much social netowrking impacts lives and the great benefits that can be associated with social networking.

I thought it was a fascinating read, I hope you find it as good as I thought it was! 


Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter

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Every Year the Gates foundation do an annual letter talking about their fight against poverty and their goals and it always inspires me. Since we were Reading about the harry potter alliance I thought I would share my favorite charity. if you guys have a chance I would recommend you to read it ( it's a dialog not much of a letter). it also has amazing graphics if you were looking for inspiration for your spark page and such. 

A brief summary of this year's letter, it starts off with a short letter from Warren Buffet talking about two years ago how he had been the CEO of his company for 50 years and his reflection and asks the Bill on his. Bill gates then list some of the accomplishments of the foundation: 122 million children live saved since 1990, 86% children vaccinated worldwide, the highest rate ever, Reducing newborn mortality, ending malnutrition, and the coolest yet there goal of a magic number: 0.

-"Zero malaria. Zero TB. Zero HIV. Zero malnutrition. Zero preventable deaths. Zero difference between the health of a poor kid and every other kid."- Bill Gates ( AKA Batman)

Annual letter here



Technology's Role in Changing Education

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This week I found a Q&A with the superintendent of a poor district in Georgia. They were undergoing a district remodel, of sorts, and a part of that remodel was to partner with the state to bring more technology into the classroom. For a year and a half, they had a 1:1 tech to student ratio. After that they partnered with google to create an online cloud based system that would allow students to work either at home or at school. They have started a system that has now developed into one where every student from 3-10 grades get a device to take home with them. A question I have with that is that if these students cannot afford a device at home is there a way for them to access the internet at home? 

Anyhow, I found one line from the interview that I want to leave you with.

"Well we've got books on devices. But it's still a book. You use it the same way."

It is so true that at times we fall into a well now that it is on the internet, we can do it on the internet, but that in no way transforms the process. It just changes the way that we do the task to begin with. 

Click here to read more.


Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg just wrote a nearly 7,000 word manifesto a few days ago. He addresses the state of facebook and where it may be headed. I'm pretty sure he's speaking out now because of the turbulent times that we are in. He understands the power of facebook and it's almost limitless possibilities. With all the information out there, I think he knows we can all do more and be better informed. He also stresses better ways to connect, building stronger and safer communities, civic engagement and the possible use of artificial intelligence in the future. For the most part, I think Zuckerberg knows the power of facebook and the importance of building communities and it's tremendous impact. I'm not sure where we are headed but it's definitely a time of uncertainty. Check out the Manifesto on facebook.


Business and User Generated Content Service

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So, this post may not seem like much but however I found it very interesting to me personally as I am currently pursuing a business degree. This site called Everbearing Services, User Generated Content, helps businesses to market to potential consumers by setting up websites, introducing ways to engage with customers, and to see that businesses understand the importance of user generated content as a marketing tool which has been showing its potential to grow businesses. I found the listing of different mediums of the digital platform very nice such as blogs, dicussion forms, tweets, digital images, videos, and more as a way of marketing to potential customers. It also details some of the ideas including emails and use of review sites to get information how consumers are perceiving their product, ways to engage them, and simply finding ways to access the wealth of interaction user generated content presents. I find this also connects to our learning of digital literacy in the sense that we are learning how to use our digital skills to present content online, interact with others, and get our point across. 



How do we want to fight fake news

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I found this article, 5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News, from UWB education students facebook group page and thought it's an interesting article to read for educators in our class! The article talks about how students at all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real news and how many students don't have critical thinking skills to determine fake news. It gives you seven points checklist for you to ask students to tell fake news from real ones.