Digital Responsibility Lesson Reflection

This week in EDTC 400 my group had the privilege of presenting our mini lesson to the class. The lesson was entered around 10th grade English, and the social responsibilities that come from social media use. We also tried to incorporate a wellness element in there as we talked about balance between screen time and no screen time. 

The lesson went very well and was generally perceived in a great way by the class. We used a variety of new tools for teaching such as nearpod and canva, which is a site we used for students to build posters. These tools worked very well for us and were generally well-received by the class.  If we were to change anything, I think the lesson could have focused a little bit more on the wellness aspect.  In talking to peers recently, the main thing they are all struggling with through Covid is screen time and sedentary behaviour in general. This is a big problem.  We as humans are meant t move and to interact with others without the use of a screen.  Too much screen time leads to depression due to a lack of serotonin to the brain, which comes from activity.  Screens are not all bad, but I think we need to do a better job on balancing screen time and time away, which means we really need to educate students on that topic.  Overall, I think the lesson was well planned out though and I would not make a change unless we had to.

Planning our lesson actually went quite smoothly as we began planning weeks ago.  This allowed us lots of time to make changes, rethink our lesson, and go through the plan so we knew what our roles were.  Having three people in our group was quite a luxury as we had an extra opinion on things, as well as being able to monitor our students in a more effective manner and to guide them through the assignment.  Our planning process was very solid, even with the online format. 

Digital literacy and social responsibility are a more prominent topic than ever nowadays.  With so many online resources, paired with the fact that Covid has us all online for school, it is crucial that we teach students online safety and responsibility.  Our group have all used social media and are quite familiar with how all the sites work, which made it quite easy for us to understand what things we can do to make it safer for our students. However, for those who may not have as much experience, this could pose as a great challenge.  Social responsibility and online dangers haunt our society and it is important we teach these ideas in an effective way for our students.  

Technology and Our Vulnerability

Technology today is rapidly changing and evolving much faster than humans can keep up. One thing that has come from technology that is taking over the world is the internet.  The internet has a wide variety of purposes that let people learn all sorts of things and perform all kinds of tasks.  People use the internet in many different ways but none more than social media platforms.  This is where “people create imaginary identities in virtual worlds and spend hours playing out parallel lives” (Magazine, 2003). This rises the question of how much internet is too much and how can the world change to adapt to the new challenges?

            This week in Edtech 400 we had a very interesting debate on if we should go back to the old ways before the internet.  While the focus was mainly on education, the world as a whole was of concern in the debate.  One main idea that I think is important is internet safety.  Kids are on the internet and have online platforms at quite a young age now which indicates that schools should begin teaching internet safety right from the start.  The amount of information that may be fake or inappropriate that children can easily access is endless. In addition to this, the predators that roam the internet can hack all sorts of information from anybody who displays it on the internet and potentially ruin lives.  With so many dangers one would wonder how the internet can be a good thing.

            The internet provides so many benefits to people.  Schools can access endless amounts of information with a simple google search and learn all sorts of things.  Also, people can use GPS to find where they are going, or buy anything online.  Bills are paid online and school is online which makes life so much easier for people.  They can do almost anything from the comfort of their own home.  There are challenges, especially while the internet is relatively new to the human race, but in my opinion the benefits that come from the internet overrule these challenges.  Just like any other activity it is just a matter of teaching safety with this new thing. 

            This is the one main thing that I think the education system can do with the internet and all this new technology.  As mentioned before, safety is of utmost importance with concern to schools.  Students need to know the safety measures that must be taken on the internet in order to properly use it, maximizing benefits and minimizing the hazards that come with it.  

            Technology is an amazing thing.  The world is evolving and humans almost can’t keep up with it.  With every good thing comes responsibility and if we as a society can learn to be safe, we can truly enjoy the many benefits that will come from this technology.  The debate we did in Edtech really opened my eyes to the safety that needs to be taken in regard to the internet. We as educators are the ones to bring about this change and teach our students proper usage and safety.  Change starts with us.

“No Internet” by Graciolli Dotcom is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Twitter and Me

Twitter was always one of those social media sites that I never used. While there was no particular reason for this, I never really saw Twitter as a platform I could really use. Twitter is perhaps one of the most popular social media sites which is what I think deterred me away from it. I am not a very active social media user so the thought of something so busy made me avoid it. It was not until EDTC 300 in the fall of 2020 that I began using this platform.

I began using twitter in the fall of 2020 in order to be more engaged with fellow educators from across the province. Since then, I have made lots of new friends and further shaped my teaching pedagogy. Over the course of the fall I made a strong effort to regularly post on twitter with various things such as current events or educational topics. While I have not been 100 percent consistent, I have posted more on Twitter and social media in general in the last 4 months than I ever have in my life. In addition, I have interacted with many fellow educators and shared ideas to benefit the both of us.

This week in EDTC 400 we participated in the #saskedchat which was focused on mental health. This was my second time participating in the chat. While it is rapid-fire and sometimes hard to keep up with the questions posted and the comments on responses, #saskedchat is a great way for Saskatchewan educators to interact with one another and share ideas. I believe teachers working together is very beneficial in enhancing the quality of teaching we provide as well as our overall teaching pedagogy. #saskedchat is one of those judgement-free spaces in which we can do that.

My Online Identity

Social media is quickly taking over society. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to meet all kinds of people and build friendships. Your online identity can act as a resumé to get a job, or perhaps ruin a person’s reputation if the content is unacceptable. Everyone’s online identity has so much power and control over their life and what people think about them which can be both great and dangerous.

Myself, I am fairly new to social media in relation to my peers. I remember all my classmates being active on social media in grade 7 or 8, which was back in 2012. I never got into social media until around grade 10 (2015-2016). Fast-forward to today, I have a profile on various social media accounts. I have a profile on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, as well as the blog this post is on that I created near the beginning of my university career. I am not a very active social media user, however my profiles do contain a few posts highlighting some significant moments in my life.

I keep some of my accounts private. These profiles include Facebook and Instagram. These are the sites in which I have the most friends and most content. It is for this reason that I choose to keep it private and only allow people I know to see my content. In terms of my teaching identity however, my twitter and my blog are the two sites that are worthy of looking at. I created both of these profiles while studying education here at the U of R to showcase my teaching Identity. As of late, the blog has the most content as I post on it weekly through my Edtech classes. I am trying to send a message of positivity and inclusive education where everybody feels save and gets involved in the fun. Fun is the word in which my teaching philosophy is focused as I want to provide the same fun education experience to my students that my teachers did for me. I believe my blog more than anything is a demonstration of that.

While I am not very active on posting on my accounts, this is one thing I am hoping to work on moving forward as that it what many people will see about means what I am all about. I do not have any online content that I am ashamed of and I intend to keep it that way. My accounts are all about good times and the things in my life that are important to me such as family, school, and sports. This is just a small snapshot of what my online identity says about me and my life.

EDTC 400 Introductory Post

My name is Logan Fettes, a third-year student at the University of Regina. I am majoring in secondary education, in the subjects math and physical education. I am taking my program over the course of five years as opposed to four. The reason for this is the fact I have five years of eligibility in track and field, which I compete in here at the U of R.

I have a few goals in Edtech 400 that are a continuation of my learning from last semester in Edtech 300. These goals include:

  1. To further develop my understanding of how to integrate technology in the classroom in an effective way
  2. To better understand the dangers of the internet and how to promote safety to my students
  3. To learn about some useful tools, perhaps interactive, to share with my students to make learning more fun.

There are so many things for me to gain in this class that will help further develop my teaching pedagogy.  I very much look forward to learning and having some fun in Edtech 400.

My first year headshot