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Reflecting on the Process.

A Walk through a Slide

Safety is an important topic in today’s Web 2.0. It can either make the experience, or break the experience. In my writing arts class, “Technologies and the Future of Writing,” my group put together a presentation about online safety. My topic consisted of the negatives on online dating (for clarification on why I didn’t say anything positives – not saying it’s a complete bad idea). The second slide in my presentation was a very important slide in terms of one of the most important slides on my presentation.uhhh It discusses how the identity factor plays into meeting people online and how you can’t determine if someone is being truthful or not if they are presenting themselves to you over the internet. The picture I used (ASL picture to the left) is a picture I made that demonstrates chatting with someone online. I think it was an effective picture because as you can see, there is no indication of who the person’s identity on the other end of the chat room. The person on the left says that they are 18, female, and lives in California – but how can the person on the right be sure of that? And even if the left person isn’t lying, how does she know she isn’t giving her information to some 50 year old weirdo on the other end? Within this slide, I referenced Dick Hardt from his Identity 2.0 video, saying “digital identity is unverified, like verbal information. Like when you meet someone, except there are fewer trust cues because you can’t see or hear the person.” I thought this was an important quote – it’s practically what makes meeting/dating people online such risky business. The most important words are digital identity is unverified. There is nothing saying that Person A or Person B was telling the truth. Overall, in my presentation it was an important step, if not the most important step to online dating – which was why it was my second slide. After this slide, I went further into the process, like people changing their identities and the possibilities of online predators, to the predators having the ability to track people.

What I Learned about my Blog Topic

My topic – safety – seemed to be a pretty basic, common knowledge type of topic. However, there are some aspects of safety that people tend to ignore for the pleasure of the internet’s freedom. In this class, we read an article by Sherry Turkle called “Who Am We?” and in the article, she begins with all the people that are named Sherry Turkle, and continues onto talk about identity online. I think this article was important to my topic because of how important the identity factor is to safety on the internet. Turkle allowed me to look at the positives on having an identity online, and being able to play around with it – it helped me understand that there is always a bad side and a good side to things, even though previously, it would seem that the ability to change and play with your identity could be a bad thing because of how much we equate it to people just being creepy. One thing that I’d like to mention is that during this class, by writing blog posts, and searching for articles online that I could discuss in a post – I came across one article in particular (Get ready for more media hacks, Twitter warns) (my blog post: Twitter Security Strikes Out!) that brought something interesting to mind. Over the process of me writing the blog post about information being stolen on Twitter, I stopped to think – What else is being stolen over the internet? When I put my credit card information to a shopping store online, can I really trust that no one is going to steal my information even though it tells me it won’t share or save it? Sites are getting hacked into daily, and I really don’t think anyone – even me – takes the time out of there day to really worry about these times of things. When you want something hassle-free, why not just order it online, right? But who knows if this is really part of the reasons peoples’ credit cards are being hacked into, or worse, their identities being stolen. I learned that no matter what the internet tells me, we always have to be careful. The internet can be a dangerous place.

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Lindsay’s Reflection

Throughout the semester, we have been discussing as a class the affects of web 2.0. My group decided to explore how web 2.0 has affected safety.

A walk through a slide

            The second slide of my narrative I chose to talk about how unsafe many of the different social media sites are in today’s world. Social Media is a form of connecting, talking, and sharing with other people around you and the world. I chose to site Dick Hardt during this slide. In his YouTube video, he talks about a person’s identity. The reason I chose to site him there is because I mentioned another article in this slide that discusses how unsafe Face book and Twitter are in today’s society. The reason it is unsafe is partly because of the freedom given to their users, but also because of someone’s online identity.

Online freedom and someone’s identity go hand in hand with each other.  Because of the freedom to be anyone you want online, sometimes people lie about their identity. You hear about this a lot when it comes to online dating and when it comes to contacting younger children online. People are one thing, like gender, race, age, etc in real life, and some change when they go online.

Identity is a scary thing when you actually think about it, at least when it is based solely off of someone you only know online. Hardt talks in his video about how a person’s identity is always changing. There is many factors that goes into one’s identity.

  • Who you want to be,
  • Who you are today,
  • & Who you use to be.

These things do not come across as the typical “scary” or “dangerous” things, but when you think about what identity truly is, you’ll see that it is very complex. Who a person is, use to be, and desires to be can change every minute. It can also change depending on who you are talking to.

I chose this image of the boy wearing a helmet below for a very particular reason. When it comes to communicating online, or even just researching online, there is no protection for young children. There are many things that can mentally and physically harm them, and there is on way to block what they are seeing and reading when they are online. I think it is important to make sure what they research and view online is watched and monitored.

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What I learned about my Blog Topic:

            Our group’s blog topic was about safety. Online safety was something I’ve heard a lot about but never really studied. I’ve heard countless stories about negative things that has happened to people while using web 2.0. Whether it was through social media or falsely researched topics, I always hear stories about children and people getting corrupted from the internet. It was “common knowledge” for me, not something I studied.

One thing that I learned through this was that there are many ways to use web 2.0 for safety. One girl in our group discussed in our pecha kucha presentation about how the web has greatly impacted communication around the world. With communication heightened, it brings a whole new level of safety to our world. It lets people know of harmful, troubling, and unsafe things as soon as it happens, instead of having to wait days to get accurate information.

As a part of the class, we had to read many articles and watch various YouTube videos about the web and how it affects our lives. Probably the most fascinating thing I learned from the readings and videos was how much information about our lives are documented. This can be both positive and negative.

I have the awful habit of always looking at the negative sides of things. I often thing that if something negative, or unsafe, can come from something, that thing is usually not worth having. I have learned that harmful and unsafe things can come from anything, and that there are more positives then negatives when it comes to web 2.0 and safety.

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Teaching Hero

Vicki Davis, known to her students as the Wikinator, seems to do it all.  She is a Best Teacher blog winner, a co-founder of @flatclassroom, an author, and a mother.  I know your probably asking how I found out all this information.  Believe it or not it was all on her Twitter account.  The assignment for class was to follow people in our professions.  Davis was on a website for the top educators to follow on Twitter.  After reading some of her tweets it was clear as to why she was on that list.  Vicki Davis is an educator and most of the people she is following are educators as well. A lot of her tweets are geared directly towards education. She posts many enlightening links about teaching and most of her own tweets are inspirational quotes about being a teacher.  She once tweeted, “Teaching is like breathing for me, it gives me life.” So I tweeted at her and said, “That is why I can’t wait to be a teacher!”  I couldn’t believe that she replied to me and said, “just make it through the first few years. Those are tough- it gets better. :-)”  After she replied to me she followed me.  I was thrilled that she replied back to me because any feedback about being an educator is great feedback.   She also confirmed why I can’t wait to be a teacher.  I can’t wait to see that spark in a child’s eye after they understand something I’ve taught them.  Seeing them grow as individuals is something that I look forward too.  Davis knew that I wanted to be a teacher.   I feel that she follows people related to her profession and that is important to do especially on social media sites. The more people I follow in my profession the more advice and tips I will obtain.  After analyzing her followers and tweets it seems as though she is very dedicated to teaching and she loves what she does.  The world needs more teachers like her, that are dedicated to their job.   Although I don’t know her personally, just some of the positive things she says about being a teacher has me looking forward to attaining my goal of being an inspirational leader to children.  I plan on following her and others like her through my professional career.   Hopefully I will become a successful teacher,  just like Vicki Davis. super_20teacher