I have completed the Connect.ed modules and received my certificate for doing so here…Connect.ed certificate.
I was particularly impressed with the tools that were shared along the way from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Like Sharon I am specialising in Early Childhood and I can relate to her when she says that there was not much for Early Childhood through the modules in her blog but I don’t feel that the very young are as vulnerable because they are under the closer guidance from parents and teachers about the technologies they use. However, I was drawn to the video “tagged” for teenagers (16 +) to see the kind of things that they get up to. Mainly because I have one at home.
As I was going through the modules it was clear that I have not grown up with technologies with my dinosaur answers in the simulation about social networking! From one of the videos an ICT teacher hit the nail on the head when he said that technologies are not bad, they are here to stay but what is important is that we teach children to use them respectfully by promoting positive and safe online behaviour.
In learning path 10 “where does your digital footprint come from” I watched this,
which reminded me of my greatest fear about social media. Phones that can take pictures and videos allowing anyone to capture images of people when they are not even aware of it and post it to the internet. One such video came up on my facebook page of a girl picking her nose on the underground. What disturbs me the most is not what she was doing (although strange that you should do that in public) but that someone took a video of her and then advertised it on the internet to be shared amongst millions. Why would you do that? More recently, a friend of mine took a photo when she was in the bus of two ladies sitting in front of her (back of their heads). These ladies had very distinctive haircuts and a colourful fashion sense. She uploaded that photo to her facebook page with a sarcastic comment. Again, why would you do that? When I see someone aiming a phone in my direction, although they might just be watching a movie, reading a text or checking their Facebook page, I will physically turn around so my face can not be seen. I find this a real invasion of privacy that people feel they can take your photo and splash it all over the internet without your consent. It makes me wonder should we speak out or stay silent?
As for the “Rate My Teacher” sites, i’m glad i’m going to teach Early Childhood 😉