Am I a slacktivist?

In the article The death of slacktivism I found that many of the ways we support these online movements are trendy and shallow.  Ifrance do understand that the benefits of the digital world allow more people to become involve with the cause. However I feel it is great to be aware of a cause but I don’t think much will change with a few likes, or a name on a petition. I am much like Brittney, in the sense I am a do-er.  I also believe that these organizations that people support need more than a few likes to keep going.  Just like Nathan I was defiantly skeptical about the Facebook option to change your profile to be overlaid by the France Flag.  There was absolutely nothing about the overlay that would support France in anyway and I also thought how would the ever find out I even care.  I had no idea that my opinion of the France flag overlay had anything to do with the slacktivism debate.

The article I Get It: You Don’t Like Slacktivism. Now Shut Up. Only Don’t it pointed out that little time or thought is needed to support these causes. I do understand that awareness is built through the online presence and circulation of the campaigns.  The ALS ice bucket challenge did build awareness through online media presence, but I feel that many people may not have sent in pledges rather just made a video to be YouTube famous.  Unfortunately I watched way to many videos on my Facebook feed of buckets slipping out of people hands.

I did enjoy a few points from the article The Real Problem with Slacktivism.  First I do understand that we all like to feel good, and by doing good things we can make this happen. Through this perceived
we are made to think that we have helped .  However I disagree in with the statement that slactivism isn’t helping it is just making things worse, I believe that slacktivism build awareness.  Donating to a cause can be more than stuffing an envelope, you can donate time and become part of the online trend in helping out too!!





Final Reflection

My EC&I 831 Journey

My beginning

  • Created this sweet healthy lifestyle blog using WordPress (I had created one for my classroom over 3 years ago but didn’t stick with it, as it became work that I could put off).
  • I quickly learned what a widget was and the ins and outs of my WordPress dashboard.
  • Created a professional Twitter account so that I could share information relevant to technology, social media and my PLN
  • Joined a Google+ Community which I didn’t know existed before this class.
  • Chose to complete a Digital Project on leading a Healthy Lifestyle

Along the way

  • Learned how to properly set up my blog and blog pages, and also ask for help when I ran into problems
  • Visit other blogs and tried to add comments or ask questions
  • Ohh my, I realized I was stealing images for years! Not to worry I now know how to properly use images and site them from popular sites like Compfight
  • I also learned some short cuts for adding in images
  • ongoing attempt to to wrap my head around Twitter, all the ins and out and how to tweet and retweet

Not the end

  • Learned that using Tags in my blog helped organized my work and helped me to get more followers
  • Google+ community became an outlet for me to vent and I even tried to help other classmates as well with their questions and concerns.
  • Developed relationship with a few classmates as I would visit their blogs, Twitter pages on a very regular basis!
  • Summarized my learning using an animated movie using the Nawmal software
  • I viewed my nugraphmbers and stats using WordPress and was excited to see what the numbers were showing. My popularity was represented by a graph.



  • twitterI increased my twitter presence with 63 tweets and 88 followers!



I plan to continue to use social media in my teaching and education but will also try incorporating it more with my students. I have started to bring more articles into the classroom for discussion, as I come across many different things relevant to the lives of students. There is so much learning that can take place through technology and online, it can be endless. I would love for my students to collaborate and connect with others around the world.  I think that language projects could be a fun venture, something about those cute seniors though.   I don’t want to be that teacher that only gives worksheets and transmits knowledge  I want to be the teacher that provides opportunity and experiences.

I can honestly say that this class has been a learning journey for me. For the most part I enjoyed the flexibility of an online course, but it sometimes was difficult to dedicate time to the readings, as I struggled doing last weeks haha, I really put the slack in slacktivism. It is such a different experience when you are in charge of your own learning, learning at your own pace, learning what you want. I plan to continue to blog my recipes and perhaps I will blog about being a new parent, that could be a fun venture if I have time.

Thank you everyone and see you online and I am look forward to reconnecting soon!!

The harsh reality of online trolls!!

Image result for victim blamingJohn Oliver on online harassment was quite entertaining.  Quite often people believe anything that they see on the internet, falling into misinformation and scams, some of us may even know this as click bait.  The AOL commercial is a hoot, just think of all the driving and running around we would have to do before the internet.  Now everything is a little too convenient.  I usually turn to my phone to look something up, and I am certainly not using Bing ahaha!!  I think it is a sad and scary world when people make online threats, as they are often blocked by an online identity.  It’s even scarier when the police are unable to understand that technology can be used as a weapon.  Technology and the internet are rapidly changing and evolving and unfortunately the laws are not keeping up.  Should you ever need to take something such as revenge porn to courts, make sure you have a big box of money for fees and lawyers. Victim blaming is something that happens quite often in modern society, it is ridiculous to continue to take jabs at a victim, we need to put the responsibility where it belongs..   

Email Scams cartoons, Email Scams cartoon, funny, Email Scams picture, Email Scams pictures, Email Scams image, Email Scams images, Email Scams illustration, Email Scams illustrationsWow, I think I enjoyed the video This is what happens when you reply to spam email a little too much.  I have the personality to play along and I would be the one to be email back and forth.  Who wouldn’t want to claim their rich prince uncle’s fortune.  In fact I make jokes with friends about sending money to get the process sped up.  I wonder who are the people who re actually buying into these scams??

I didn’t really realize that female gamers were taking such crap.  Only after reading the article With Gamergate, it’s not enough to ignore the trolls it made me think of a recent Law and Order SVU episode that I watched about a female gamer facing cyber attacks. Law and Order is always following headline news. Gendered harassment of women online is gaining popularity as the computer and internet become a tool for bullies to use to intimidate females. Criado-Perez points out “Threats of rape, death, and stalking can overpower our emotional bandwidth, take up our time, and cost us money through legal fees, online protection services, and missed wages.” I agree that society should boycott sites that shed light on these incidents of gendered harassment.  

Free Internet and the Digitally Divided

This week I enjoyed the article Backlash against Facebook’s free Internet service grows. I think offering a free app would be awesome, an if it only connected to certain internet services so be it.  I believe that some for free is better than none.  I look at it like the T.V., yes there are like 3 channels if you don’t have cable but society and the a group about T.V. neutrality isn’t petitioning for  60 free channels for all, as in lets not just limit to the local channels such as  CBC, Global and CKCK.  I believe if you want the full internet you should have to pay some sort of fee.

I do believe that people who are living in poverty have certain rights violated, and sometimes they just look past it, as they don’t want to cause added attention or are unaware.  I have occasionally judged people who are poor because they are looking for money or food and have the best of the best cell phones. Unfortunately there is The new digital ddownloadivide as the internet does not level the playing field in terms of access as some can not afford it, but I know that there are many free WiFi options and libraries have computer and internet for the public.

I do see the point of Don’t post about me on social media, children say.   I am very selective about what I post about my step daughter online, sometimes I feel that she is old enough to decide what she should and shouldn’t post. My brother has a saying whenever pictures are take “Right to Facebook”.  I don’t think embarrassing a child or making it anyone business is appropriate, kids are just learning.  After our class on Tuesday I thought about the idea of child shaming. and I  wondering if shaming children online is the best idea as those pictures don’t go away. I even came across husband and pet shaming this week on Facebook, it did make me giggle thou. 

The good, the bad, the online identity!!

In the article Land your dream job using Google Adwords, I thought that Alec Brownstein had an amazing idea that creatively landed him a job.  Alec was able to think outside the box and purchase Google AdWords on his favorite creative directors  Google search results. His method produced the result headword wanted, a job!!  My husband always say “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”, which would always lead me to follow up with an employer.  My calls and visits would hopefully remind them that I was a great choice for the job.  I think that the article

Forget the resume: Online profiles the tool of young job seekers goes hand in hand with Alec Brownstein’s method.  I think that job seekers should “brand” themselves with professional handles on social media.  I just had this conversation with my step daughter who is 17.  She is applying for nursing and I suggested that she choose a more profession email, as punkgirl_757 might not send the right signals to a future empavrilloyer.  I explained that although Avril Lavine was your inspiration many years ago, the words punk may give off the wrong vibe.  I did give the example of my cousin who is 20 just getting around to changing his email from spongebobjtd, although his sister is just slightly more professional at kylaisasweetangle.  We laughed so hard because she was not alone is taking the leap from her first email to a more polished mature one.

I am sure that you too, have been told the horror stories about teachers loosing their jobs over Facebook posts, or that future employers “search you up” when they are potentially looking at employing you. Reputation management and social media  are very important in the modern world.  I will admit that I have googled myself in the past but nothing horrible came up, see the image below haha!!  But I will admit that I am not one to search for people from my past to reconnect, I wouldn’t even know who I would like to reconnect with? The unfriending doesn’t really attract me on Facebook but in the mind of a 17 year old, anyone who’s statuses pgoogleiss her off, she drops, basically people she doesn’t want to associate with.  When I am on social media I try to stay pretty neutral, I don’t look to ruffle anyone feathers and I try to avoid people from my past.  I do find it funny when complete strangers will try add me on Facebook.  


World Wide Web and Open Education

Larry Lessig presented a wonderful Ted Talk “Laws that choke creativity”.  For me, I am able to experience the armature production.  My step daughter went through a phase of remixing songs using stop motion videos about 5 years ago.  I even have some on my laptop that I enjoying peeking at every so often.  I believe that Larry Lessig is correct when he point out that kids and youth are not creating for money, rather they are doing it become they have a love for the idea of remixing what they know and being able to show the world.  The songs in her video stay the same, she is just recreating to say it differently.  I think that it is amazing that kids are exploring what they can do, and how they can be the author content on the internet.  Unfortunately, the law can come into play when there is no permission given for someone other then the original creator to broadcast.  Kids are rebels and activists they will ignore copyright at every opportunity.  I do believe that the artist can make their content more freely available for remix purposes, the author will be able to continue on without any losses.  Lets kids be kids, the day of creating and putting on a performance or air bands  for parents has evolved to creating onscreen for a wider audience!  

I attempted to upload one of Jacia’s famous video’s but ran into trouble as the extension was .mp4, now after a short google search and an instructional You Tube I am still having to download conversion software.  Instead I just searched name on on You Tube.  I only found one video,  not her best work but you get the idea.  In a quick conversation, her biggest fear is that a “certain guy” will find see these videos, and they are soooo embarrassing to her.  They are just not as cool when you are 17!

Open education is something that is amazing and wonderful.  The video “Why Open
Education Matters”
, allows the audience to understand that nothing is holding students back when it comes to learning.  I know as an educator, sometimes our material are out of date, as we have to track down many of our own resources to use in the classroom.  By making all the learning materials free it allows all students equity.  I truly believe that open education is changing lives, I look forward to tracking down an open education course to explore during the summer.

I believe the tag line “Keep the internet, free and open ” is such a marvelous idea. The article About the Creative Commons had many great points to ponder. The text box at the top of the screen ( I have included the points below)  popped right out to me

  • Want to let people share and use your photographs, but not allow companies to sell them?
  • Looking for access to course materials from the world’s top universities?
  • Want to encourage readers to re-publish your blog posts, as long as they give you credit?
  • Looking for songs that you can use and remix, royalty-free?

I think that Creative Commons licenses are a step in the right direction that allows the author an alternative to copyright.   Allowing the author some restriction allows for other to collaborate without taking away the  credit needed for the original work.

The documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is truly heart wrenching.  Aaron was sign a bright and promising boy from a young age. He made so many contributions in terms of adding to the technological world.  At 12 years old he setup a website, an early aaronversion of Wikipedia that allowed users to author content, even then critics had a problem with the sharing of information “you can just let anyone author the subjects”.  At age 13 he was working on a RSS project with adults that were unaware he was a kid, he was so connected and educated when it came to the internet and its capabilities!  Growing up it became evident that he was not a fan of school, he questioned the learning methods, and managed to use books to figure out the policies and procedures behind education.  Aaron was in the forefront of the battle for creative commons and sharing.  I don’t believe that he ever imagined how his life would take a turn.  I think that by accessing the JSTOR articles he was only proving a point that the info could be largely accessed.  Who is to say that he would have released the info as done previously with the 20 million pages of court documents through the PACER recycling.  I do believe that many humans are locked out of knowledge because they simply have no money or means to access it, somehow knowledge has come with a cost. I believe that there is a difference between stealing money and data, or music for that matter.  I don’t believe that Aaron should have been persecuted so heavily, it would drive anyone to death when facing many felonies and a chance at 35 years in jails.  Many people would see the only way out of that situation would be suicide.  I think that it is totally unfair that the old out dated laws were the ones that hurt him the most.  In modern society w23026441351_18b203d84b_me have to evolve our laws as fast as we evolve out technology.  I believe that in society we should be free to access and share information and data, it is happening anyways, but not allowing it, it is just driven underground.





I think I know what it memes!

The article  Why teenagers are ‘self-trolling’ on websites like Reddit was super sad to me .  It hurts my heart that teens would actually post pictures of themselves and asks others to pick them apart.  What a sad and scary world to be raising children in.  I know that as humans we are often our own worst critic.  Teenagers are the most vulnerable in terms of mental health and developing a positive self esteem, I can’t imagine why on earth they would want to make themselves vulnerable by inviting others to attack them. It is even more heartbreaking when the teens are roasting themselves using fake accounts.  I have to say that Ask FM is something I have heard about as my step daughter became a target of cyber bullying, she was instantly turned off of the fact that bullies become anonymous.

I enjoyed the read What does it all meme? I do think that meme’s can be fun, in fact I enjoyed a little app imageson my phone that allows you to create your own.  This creating meme’s fad lasted only a short time in my friends circle. However, I do enjoy when Friday meme’s circulate.  I enjoy when people start posting their meme’s online, I screen shot only the best ones.  What is your take on meme’s? 

The article Absolutely everything you need to know about 4chan was also a great read.  I had never heard of the website before.  I do think that not needing a user name make the posts way too anonymous  as their is no accountability.  It is kinda bizarre that we really don’t know who uses the 4 chan site, but I think shady characters are definitely congregating there online.  I do see that 4 chan is a forum to post all sorts of normal everyday things but some of the  boards are just too messed up.  I do understand why 4 chan is seen as the unknown boogeyman. 

The National Post article Ontario’s new sex ed curriculum is designed to help students cope was also an excellent read. I think that the internet is so wide open, especially at schools.  I think that there is a need for stricter protocols regarding the internet.  I think it is important to talk to students about porn and it should most defiantly be in the curriculum. I think that the digital security is very week at my school. A foster parent of one of my students called me to inform me that she found an inappropriate picture on the child cell phone.  When she asked how he go the photo, he mentioned he came across it on the school computer.  First the cell phone that he took the photo on was an older style Motorola with a screen that was about 2 inches. Second the lady and her husband to examine the photo for along time to even make out the very blurry image. I kinda had a little chuckle about how her husband had to really examine the photo haha. I ended up having a chat with the student about using school computers appropriately and being mature when such images pop.  I was also able to touch on growing up and being curious but I also reminded him that he is still just a kid, and he should be in no rush to grow up.

The final article imgresYik Yak app: Why schools are concerned spoke about the anonymous messing app that used location to bring yakkers together.  I understand how Yik Yak can become so negative in a short period of time.  The fact that no one knows who is posting make Yik Yak become scary as people become keyboard warriors and can say what ever they want with no repercussions.  I do think that this game of wack a mole gives teachers an opportunity to encourage students to do the right think and be responsible and report behavior that is out of line.  This goes with any social media or app, citizens have a duty to make good choices and help other do the right thing as well, as at times the internet is not as anonymous as it looks. I believe that as a parent and teacher we should know about how these social media apps work. Long ago i downloaded the app, read some posts then quickly got bored of what was going on around me.  But I could only imagine if I was close to a high school how my feed would look a lot different.  I am also aware that a high school in Regina had an issue with Yik Yak as a teacher became a subject of a Yak.  The principal went over the loudspeaker and actually spoke to the students and talked about the police becoming involved in the heated situation. The app is no banned in the school, and a little message appears that it is only available for universities.