Although there was much information, and many very interesting videos, I want to focus this blog to just a few points that I find very valuable. \
The first TED video really got me thinking. As I was sitting here watching the video, my husband actually looked away from the TV and sat down beside me to listen This video talked about how Facebook, Google, and many other news sites, and filtering what you see. The speaker talked about how two people can type in the same exact thing in Google, but the results will be absolutely different. This is a scary thought to me! These sights are basically catering to what they think you want to see. If you are a person who looks at mostly “fluff” type of media and news, those are the things that are going to pop up when you start a search. This poses a big problem for students who are trying to learn how to research and do things on a computer. NETS for students has a standard directly linked to this. It’s number 4, letter c: “Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.” How are students supposed to do this when the internet is different for everyone? I think this again points to the fact that educators are going to have to be held accountable for showing kids how to discriminate between good and bad information. The internet is such a big place, and there is no longer a normal that is the same for everyone.
I can see how this can be helpful and make life a lot easier for some people, but i think it needs to be used at the appropriate sites. I do not think that search engines, like Google , should be catering and conforming to individual tastes. People are going to find much different information, and I just don’t think that is the best idea.
Next, I was very intrigued by the video with the author Lori Andrews. Here is my problem with privacy: people post things that they really shouldn’t be posting, then wonder why it comes back to do harm to them and other people that they love. People need to be smart about what they post and where they post it! If you are on the job hunt, or have a job that would frown upon drinking and getting drunk, don’t post pictures of yourself wasted! I understand that there needs to be rules and regulations, but people need to be mindful of how they express themselves. Again, this comes back to kids being taught how to use the internet for what it is for. Like i stated in my last post, I think tech lessons need to be integrated into everyday classroom lessons AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. It all goes back to be being good citizens and doing the right thing. I think if kids are taught and shown good examples, we will see improvement in this area. We need to make distinctions when are where different things are appropriate.
Lastly, our kids need to be educated on how to use different privacy settings for different sites. I know most of this is common sense for us, but it needs to be made public so that it becomes the norm.