Monthly Archives: May 2014

Week 03: Article summary

In light of the recent suicide by well-known Australian Charlotte Dawson, there are calls for the creation of tougher laws against cyber bullying, namely Charlotte’s Law. The concern is that while Charlotte’s Law may close some gaps in current legislation, Duxbury (2014) indicates that there may still be many gaps and behaviours which will not be criminalised.

Duxbury’s article points out the benefits of social media, the freedom of speech, the ability to promote interesting and in-depth discussions, the ability to create and maintain personal relationships. She also points out that it is the not the application or website that is responsible for the behaviour of its users. For web masters to control or monitor posts may detract from the spontaneous nature of the interactions users want. Similarly, by banning anonymous posts, those with legitimate reasons for hiding their identity would be excluded from the conversation.

Duxbury believes that in the end, it comes back to personal responsibility and good manner. In her view, a lack of empathy is shown by abrupt texts, ritual humiliation, celebrity bashing and “shares” of denigrating material. It is up to each of us to set the standard for acceptable personal behaviour on-line. Don’t post or pass on anything that you would not say to someone’s face. If someone you know posts something you see as harmful or unacceptable, call them on it.

As parents and educations, it is our responsibility to teach our children the responsibilities of being a member of today’s digital society, and ensure they set themselves a high standard of behaviour. Further, we should encourage them to stand up to bullies, both on their own behalf and on behalf of others they see being victimised. Yes, this is a tough one, but only by standing up to bullies can we indicate that their behaviour is not acceptable. As Duxbury says “How would I feel if this was about me?”

 

Reference

Duxbury, J. (6 March 2014). Cyber bullying: easy to perpetrate, hard to stop. Retrieved from http://www.theage.com.au/comment/cyber-bullying-easy-to-perpetrate-hard-to-stop-20140305-347ck.html

Peer Review

As part of a peer review process, we were asked to review blogs for two other students.  Here are my review documents.

Jessica_Review

Emily_Review

Further, we were asked to reflect on our own blogs based on the reviews of our peers.  The reviews I received are below, followed by my personal reflection on this process.

PeerReview_Jessica_Justine Baker

PeerReview_Emily_Justine Baker

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Reflecting on feedback received from peers, I have adjusted some text and added some graphics to my blog. I agree that spelling and grammar, and the addition of images and other media increases the user experience when viewing the blog.

Reviewers commented that weekly tasks were not included in the blog. I believe each weekly topic and associated task was the basis for a weekly reflection on issues surrounding the topic or questions raised for consideration and not necessarily required to be included. So, in this respect, although I have added links to the weekly tasks, I have not adjusted the content of the weekly reflection.

I received a comment that I was well over the word limit. Although I have used more than 200 words in some blog posts, I have tried to remain within a 10% leeway. It is possible that references were included in the word count. Therefore, I have not made adjustments to my posts as I believe that I remain within the recommended guidelines.

In providing feedback for others, it is interesting to note the differing approaches of other students. Consideration of changing my approach crossed my mind, but on viewing the blogs of additional peers, I chose to leave my posts unchanged in this respect.

Reference

Skeptical Raptor’s Blog (2013, October 6).  Peer_review [image].  Retrieved from http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/proliferation-fake-peer-review-journals/

Week 08: Lifelong learning

3679437433_8fd50932a1_zTechnology has enabled skills of lifelong learning for all. There are ways to incorporate technology into all subjects, as can be seen through the embedding of information and communication technology (ICT) capabilities across the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2014). Many skills may be learnt through game-type interfaces which removes the feel of learning for students. As a student myself when learning technology, I don’t necessarily feel like I am learning when I am ‘playing’ with new applications or software.

However, it is this ability to remove the difficulty from learning that may provide the biggest benefit for students of all ages. Certainly, lifelong learning can be undertaken by anybody, anywhere at any time (LLCQ, 2013) in a way that suits them. Internet searching enables the finding of information on just about any topic of interest. Spend enough time, 10,000 hours is suggested by McGonigal (2010), and you can become on authority on any subject you desire.

Lifelong-learningBy providing students with a love of learning using technology, teachers enable them to continue their education outside of structured schooling systems. They are able to become more knowledgeable about topics of interest and improve skills required for participation in a digital workforce. Their skills and knowledge will ensure they know how to keep up with advancing technology, no matter what they do or where they are.

 

Weekly Task:  Create a Prezi in relation to global citizenship.  I chose to focus on BandAid.

References

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) (2014). The Australian curriculum. Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

Commence (2010, November 17). 3679437433_8fd50932a1_z [image]. Retrieved from http://www.commence.com/blog/index.php/tag/customer-followup-strategy/

Getler, A. (2013, April 8).  Lifelong-learning [image].  Retrieved from http://algetler.com/ways-to-be-a-lifelong-learner/

Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc (LLCQ) (2013). What is Lifelong Learning? Retrieved from http://www.llcq.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=12 and http://www.llcq.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=13

McGonigal, J. (2010, February). Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world

Tracy, B. (n.d.).  Commit-yourself-to-lifelong-learning [image].  Retrieved from http://www.quoteswave.com/picture-quotes/365350