weekly reflections – Week 5

Week 5 Topic: Digital Information
What type of digital information is being presented and can you trust it?

Weekly reflection…
Digital information is any information that is conveyed electronically, through electronic devices. The most informative and reliable information comes direct from the source; Pandora, the National Digital Archives, the state or federal government bodies, and research departments that are long established.

Having now learned to be a critical thinker (Critical thinking, 2014), through analysis and research, it is easier to decipher the jargon from the facts and am able to select information more carefully from reputable writers.

The weekly activity included using a rubric to mark peers pinterest boards made on Digital Technology that helped understand the rubric assessment process. Pinterest is a collaborative, graphic, social media platform, a fantastic curating tool utilizing data visualization (Pinterest Inc, n.d.).   As an avid pinterest user my boards now contain more useful information after this week’s activity.


Admin, (2014) Critical Thinking, Educating Competent Citizens., Elesapiens Learning and Fun., (Blog). http://www.elesapiens.com/critical-thought-educating-competent-citizens/ Retrieved from Kharbach, Med. (April 2014) Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, The 8 elements of the critical thinking process. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/04/the-8-elements-of-critical-thinking.html

Pinterest Incorporated., (n.d.)., https://www.pinterest.com/

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Bonaventure, L., via Getty Images. (n.d.), Retrieved from: No Butts about it, somepinterest usershave been hacked. Huffington post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/28/pinterest-butt-hack_n_5050408.html</



Discussion Board Learning Activity:
Create or Share your Pinterest boards with Digital Information

Your invited to follow me, click below to go to my boards



weekly reflections – Week 4

Week 4 Topic: Participation and the Digital Divide
Write about your infographic and comment on any differences or similarities. Consider the feedback given on your infographic.


Weekly reflection…
Data visualisations, like the Infographic below, capture an enormous amount of complex information graphically that is easy to read and absorb in a very short time. (visual.ly, n.d.).  The infographic displays Australian household users of the internet, this gap between the people who do and do not have access to the internet is known as a ‘Digital Divide’.   Clearly shown, are the two factors that influence the gap; age and money.  Statistics researched supported readings from Prensky’s Digital Immigrants, Digital Natives (Prensky, 2001).

Philanthropic Australia is the nation’s largest organization assisting to bridge this gap via means of grants.  Mobile phones, as the most affordable mobile device, bridges this gap even further; in 2013, 41% of ‘global’ households were connected (Friederich, 2013); consider the number of mobile users today, and that percentage would be much higher.

There were differences in peers infographics, some more noticeable than others such as the amount of text, chosen colours and interpretation of the divide.  Feedback was positive for my infographic, pointing out that the information was easy to capture, and the colours would be appealing to the native generation.  Overall, it was another interesting exercise learning new digital applications to publish information.


Friederich, H., (June, 2013)., The Digital Divide – too wide? (blog). http://hansfriederich.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/the-digital-divide-too-wide/
Prensky, M., (2001)., Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.
Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf
What is an infographic., (n.d)., Visual.ly., http://visual.ly/what-is-an-infographic
Discussion Board Learning Activity:
Create an INFOGRAPHIC that visually represents the issue of a digital divide.

Discussion board post…

The digital divide in Australia is closing in.

ABS statistics taken in 2013 represent only 17% of households don’t use or have access to the internet.

There are companies trying to bridge the divide even further by providing services to remote areas and assistance in schools across the nation.



Household use of information technology, Australia 2012-2013. (8146.0) (Issue Released 11:30am (Canberra time) 25/02/2014). Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/8146.0Contents2012-13?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=8146.0&issue=2012-13&num=&view=


resources: Wordle; ABS; EDC101 course notes

weekly reflections – Week 3

Week 3 Topic: Digital Security
– are we safe?

Weekly reflection…
Digital Security goes far beyond the first thoughts of personal computer, internet security and credit card fraud. Sure, there’s Norton, AVG and a vast choice of virus and ad-ware software to choose from but it does not stop there. 11% of users have had personal information, bank account or credit card details stolen according to a study by Pew Research Center in 2013 (Rainie, et all, 2013).

Consider the global concern for tight security measures; health care records, BDMS, RMS, CCTV, and telecommunications, are to name just a few and becomes quite daunting the more we think about it.

This video I found on youtube by IBM is a very clever concept:


On the other side of the coin, concerned parents and educators keep a watchful eye over the increasing number of children using mobile digital technologies who are exposed to a different cyber-attack through social media – cyberbullies. Child ownership of mobile technology exposes the risk of bully’s and child offenders twenty four hours a day (Howell, 2014) and, has the greatest emotional and physical consequence of not practicing responsible behavior. There will never be an immunity to any kind of cyber-attack, however, understanding the significance of a safe digital citizenship we can lower the risk.

This link contains resourceful material for students, teachers and parents to learn what it takes to become a positive digital citizen: http://www.digitalcitizenship.nsw.edu.au/

Take a look at some ideas and stats to help reduce your visibility on line. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/09/05/what-strategies-do-you-use-to-protect-your-online-identity/


Howell, J., (February 27, 2014)., Living and Learning in the Digital World., (Mod01 04 topic 03)., Department of Education Training.  http://echo.ilecture.curtin.edu.au:8080/ess/echo/presentation/1636447f-aa10-42de-bec3-f6fe6f44932e

Rainie, L., et all., (September, 2013)., Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online.  Pew Research Internet Project. http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/09/05/anonymity-privacy-and-security-online/

Discussion Board Learning Activity:
Choose one; scams, identity theft, cyberbullying, facebook; and reflect on a recent article.

Below is my weekly activity discussing the cowardly crime of cyber-bullying referencing to an article retrieved from SMH (March, 2014), discussing possible new laws for cyber bullies.

across every generation

The following charts illustrate the number of disciplinary actions taken on students which meet the definition of bullying.   Bullying, harassment and intimidation is an intentional written, verbal or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once.  The behavior causes either mental or physical harm to the other students and is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the other student.  The infractions were reported by teachers, students, and/or parents.



the two graphs above can be found at http://www.berne-union.k12.oh.us/Our_District                       

cyberbullying in every country


this research can be found at http://www.guardchild.com/cyber-bullying-statistics-by-country/international-cyber-bullying-statistics/

Following is an advertisement from March 11, 2014 regarding CyberBullying.  I wanted to attach the graphs above before the article to bring to everyone’s attention that Australia is not in this alone.  I found the global statistics very interesting, especially some results from the survey taken for K to grade 4.  These stats are 2 years old yes, but cyberbullying has been increasing, so the global graph percentages are most likely to be higher now.

The article below from the SMH announces the consequence the government would like to put into action against those who are caught cyberbullying at a more serious level.

There is poll for public opinion to participate on this serious matter that could change the laws of this country.

I completely agree with the article.  Cyberbullying can be the worst form of conflict and causes serious emotional depression that has led to suicide in the past.  Cyberbullying needs to be addressed in a harsh manner to control the trolls and bully’s that get an ego kick from hurting other people’s feelings and reputations.

Commonly called the cyber-slap, it is most popular amongst teenagers in this country who are at an age where they are vulnerable to false identities and lack of knowledge to better protect themselves.  The Australian Human Rights Commission has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Don’t let yourself, others, or your children be bullied! Report the incident and take security measures to minimize the chances of it happening again. 

from The Sydney Morning Herald:

Former chief justice Alastair Nicholson urges jail for cyber-bullying

National Technology News

Date  March 11, 2014

by  Jane Lee
Legal Affairs Reporter for The Age

Cyber-bullying should be a crime that carries a three-month prison sentence for the worst adult offenders, a former chief justice of the Family Court says.

The Abbott government invited public comment on a policy paper detailing its proposals to make children safer online in January, which included options for a new cyber-bullying offence for minors.

Alastair Nicholson, who is also the chairman of the National Centre Against Bullying, said repeat child offenders could be sentenced to a maximum three months’ detention, and three months’ prison in the case of adults.

He said he had met many parents and young people who had reported cyber-bullying to Victoria Police, but been turned away because it was not criminal.

He hoped that criminalising cyber-bullying would deter people from doing it. ”I don’t for a moment think the law’s going to cure it … but I do think in most areas the law does have a capacity to set boundaries.”

The Australian Human Rights Commission said in its submission that providing better education to students, parents and teachers and law enforcement agencies should be made.

Fairfax Media reported last week that Facebook, Twitter and Google had opposed a policy to remove ”harmful material” from social media sites as ”too cumbersome”.




British Suicide http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/08/21/british-teens-suicide-puts-cyber-bullying-back-in-spotlight/

Digital Identities, Exploring Digital Footprints – week 2

Week 2 Topic:
Digital Identities, Exploring Digital Footprints.   What can the world find out about you through a google search? What is your digital identity?

I try to keep my digital identity very private. If you search Google there is not much listed about me under my maiden name and what is publicly available on the net from facebook or social media is very limited and ultimately nothing that would bother me. There are so many Christine Young’s listed in my searches it would be pot luck or sheer persistence to find me in amongst them. I do a search at least once a year out of interest to see if any of my information is out there in the world wide web.

In the google searches, profileengine.com seemed to be able to pick up a lot of profiles but when clicked to follow link it didn’t go to the page but asked for a log in.

Admittedly, I do have accounts with all the popular social media sites to keep up with technology. Often it’s just to try them out and see what they are and to stay in touch with family, mostly nephews and nieces; twitter, myspace which I don’t really use, facebook, pintrest, google+ , youtube. I use other media such as skype, messenger, Instagram, viber, and maybe a couple other things I can’t think of right now or remember. Sometimes I don’t even know which accounts I have until I see a friend’s link or post to prompt me. Nor do I know how to use them all properly, I’m quite a novice user but I always read up on security and privacy settings.

If I had to assess my own digital identity I would say my profiles represent a spiritual family woman who’s main focus is on her children. My friends list is around the average users number of friends that are family and close friends, I don’t accept friendships from people I don’t know and am not afraid to have good clean out a couple of times a year to make room for other people I have more in common with. There are a lot of peeps and trolls which often need to be filtered out. I am a member of several groups and occasionally go on a clicking frenzy liking every page and post I see. I used to post on FB everyday a few years ago but now you’re lucky to see me on there every 3 days or so. It’s very easy to lose time in cyber world but the friends made along the way are worth it.

Week 2 Activity:
Create a magazine style digital footprint of someone famous.

are you still a belieber???
Magazine Article

PAGE HEADER IMAGE Retrieved from http://article.wn.com/view/2014/03/09/Investigators_search_for_stolen_Utah_dinosaur_footprint_unde/

Twitter in the Classroom

Twitter as an educational platform and technology.

The value of technology in the classroom is proportional to the type of usage.

There is no escaping the use of digital technology by students in the classroom. Personal use is minimized during the class by engaging students in the lesson via; # (hashtag) conversations, hyperlinks from the teacher, subject or discussion re-tweeting, @students or group attention, following trends and incorporating tweet deck or seesmec; all these will help build stronger connections in the classroom.

Watch Eduslam’s first episode about how twitter is used in the classroom with 6-7year olds.

Out of the classroom, assignments and presentations are worked on by groups with each student participating from home. Reading and math tutorials are readily available, and should the student not attend school they can stay up to date through the classroom # updates or lists.

The net is a much quicker research tool than the library but has many ethical and legal considerations that must be adhered to if it is going to be successful as a knowledge data base for students. Classroom students using school devices can be somewhat controlled by filtering software in the computer systems however the use of personal tablets, notebooks, and smartphones allows for distractions and are able to ignore the class ethical standards outlined by the teacher.

Teachers will need a strong knowledge base of the ethical and legal uses of digital technology in the classroom.


BLOG POST HEADER IMAGE Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1fdYaSD

Disconnected Urbanism. What is a Digital World? – week 1

Week 1 Activity:
Have you experienced disconnected urbanism. Do you often go about your day without taking notice of where you are? Do you ever feel as though people around you are disconnected?

My response to Goldbergers article on Disconnected Urbanism – Metropolis Magazine – February 2007.

I was a victim of disconnected urbanism. My workload demanded intensive telephone use and for relaxation I would mostly use apps and social media. Some days I would lose hours on end. My usage changed when I had my first child and started to observe how families socialised and I noticed how disconnected people are from each other on a face-to-face basis.

I went through a stage when there just wasn’t enough time for my family and my social media. Prioritising, I was able to easily disconnect from the digital world by changing my lifestyle, using it now on an ‘only when necessary’ basis because for me, a phone call or social media message can wait. Using a digital mobile device of any kind is somewhat addictive and also a necessary evil in todays’ digital world and it needs to be controlled. I found that I still do not get to speak to all of my friends on a face-to-face basis.