Digital Citizenship: Week 2

In Week 2, I still find myself smiling, but I am also a bit burnt out. I continue to expand on my understanding of digital citizenship and the laws surrounding it. The assignments this week were a bit more interesting and I enjoyed making the video assignment, but it was certainly time-consuming and difficult to manage. This once again demonstrates my ability to model being a learner and a creator. This continues to build on what Curran (2012) found to be significant in creating a productive and safe learning environment. Since this week focused a large amount on personal opinion, I will focus on how I feel it will assist in improving my professional environment.

The area I learned the most about myself this week was my digital footprint. The interesting thing about me is that my legal name is Charles Flexon. When you do a Google search on “him”, you will not find me! Chad Flexon yields plenty of positive results. I have been in multiple newspapers, being quoted as an educator and lacrosse coach. All images found are ones that were published on my college’s athletics page, my current district web page, or Twitter postings. Additionally, all website suggestions are my own website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Sites, my lacrosse company, Prezis I have made or my YouTube channel. Everything seems positive and that is what I suspected. Sharing this exercise with my colleagues and staff is something I think will open their eyes to the significance of a digital footprint.

Digital footprints are an area of concern with the ability to access information so quickly. Nicholas Negroponte’s TED Talk and quotation assisted in opening my eyes for the video assignment as well. He claimed in 1995, “Today, multimedia is a desktop or living room experience because the apparatus is so clunky. This will change dramatically with small, bright, thin, high-resolution displays.” (TED, 2014)

Wireless technology, battery life, and screen resolutions have revolutionized everything! Education has been a benefactor, but the small, bright, thin displays that Nicholas described touch on all aspects of life. In an effort to improve function and entertainment, how we connect with individuals has become easier and at the same time, more dangerous. Therefore, I feel this prediction directly relates to one of the Ribble’s digital citizenship elements, and that would be digital access (Ribble, 2015). By allowing technology to be mobile and attractive, it has transformed how educators can facilitate the transfer of information with their students and colleagues. For me personally, that use of laptops and cellphones has granted me the keys to individuals thousands of miles away. I would not be participating in this graduate program if it were not for the advancements in wireless technology and accessibility features.

Marguerite Reardon (2015) helped me with learning about net neutrality and I also used her as a resource for my video assignment. Her article on net neutrality takes a lengthy legal document and summarizes it for consumers to understand. I am glad that such legislation is in place, but I was not aware of the impact it can and will have on education. I work and live in a rural area, and I have sometimes wondered if our Internet access was equal to a more densely populated area. In fact, some services are deemed unavailable due to our location. Net neutrality hopes to stop this and improve the Internet experience for all users. I feel my participation in this course and program will allow me to assist in improving that experience for teachers and students.

  • Curran, M. (2012, June). iCitizen: Are you a socially responsible digital citizen. Paper presented at the International Society for Technology Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX. Retrieved from icitizen_paper_M_Curran.pdf
  • Reardon, M. (2015). 13 Things you need to know about the FCC’s net neutrality regulation. Retrieved From http://www.cnet.com/news/13-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-fccs-net-neutrality-regulation/
  • Ribble, M. (2015). Digital citizenship in schools: Nine elements all students should know. (3rd ed.). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology.
  • TED. (2014, July 08). A 30-year history of the future | Nicholas Negroponte. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b5BDoddOLA