Blog –Readings May 11th

Privacy Rights
Targeting students as a marketing ploy through their educational websites is on one hand pretty smart, on the other hand extremely invasive. Since my school is going all to chrome books next year, I want to get all the knowledge I can on how to protect my students and how they can use this technology in a productive way without fear. I worry about my students with disabilities because they are often more vulnerable than typical teens and don’t understand the repercussions of sharing information with the world. That is why I believe that teaching digital citizenship is of the utmost importance taught in multiple modalities. I also liked that teaching the parents is mentioned to reinforce the message, I am not so sure that all parents understand the privacy issues either. The more informed the students are, the better they can handle their digital footprint.
We are teaching our students to use technology as a tool for education, not become robots. The use of Technology is not the cure all and have all of education. It is however a very necessary part of our everyday society. Gone are the days of looking at classified ads in the Newspaper for a job or an apartment. One must at least know how to email and internet search to get a job now. In order to get a very good job, people need to know how to use various applications to fill out forms, take tests and communicate with coworkers.
Teachers cannot be replaced by technology. Technology is a valuable tool to help educate students and introduce them to higher levels of thinking and learning.
Teachers are not, and cannot be automatons handing out information to students. They are leaders, guides, facilitators, and mentors. They encourage students when they struggle, and inspire them to set and reach for their goals. They are role models, leading by example and giving direction when necessary. A computer can give information, but a teacher can lend a hand, or an ear, and discern what’s necessary for a student to succeed, and to want to succeed.
A very interesting, yet troubling read about algorithmic bias. The machines are not the bigots, it is the historic system that needs a reboot! The bigotry in society is so deep, invisible, yet right in our faces!


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