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I chose to talk about digital identities, as it is the most interesting topic that I have learned about this semester. Before I took part in the ‘Living, Learning, and Working in the Context of the Digital Economy’ module, this was a topic that wasn’t apparent to me. Over this past semester, I have realised how important it is to be conscious of what you are doing online, especially when you have a job that could be easily jeopardised. Another reason why I chose to make my visual essay on this particular topic is because it was the topic I could relate to the most. As I am studying as a student teacher, I have realised how major it is for me to be knowledgeable about this topic and I believe it is something that I should always have on my mind, especially when posting things online.

I chose to focus on three particular aspects of online identities. My main focus was ‘Why it is good to have more than one online profile?’, and underneath this focus, came my three aspects. The first aspect I spoke about was why it is good for student teachers to have more than one online profile. I decided to talk about this aspect, as it is a topic that I could relate to and share my view on. The second aspect I chose to talk about was employment and why ‘Online identities’ is something you need to consider when applying for jobs. The third aspect I wanted to demonstrate was why having more than one online profile is not such a great idea. I wanted to add some negative points into my visual essay, as I wanted to let the viewers know that there are in fact disadvantages for having more than one online identity. Although I explained these disadvantages is my visual essay, and also considered them, in my opinion, the disadvantages are not strong enough to outweigh the positives. Within my visual essay, I enjoyed sharing my view. I feel that me sharing my opinion made my visual essay that bit more interesting and it was also more enjoyable for me as a student, to make it. As I stated in my visual essay, I am a student teacher so I was able to relate with having to be conscious while contributing to social networking sites. I believe that all individuals should have more than one digital identity when it comes to careers that could be conflicted or also, when they are applying for jobs. I additionally used relevant literature in order to back up my points about having more than one online identity. I also used relevant literature for each of my other aspects (employment and also my disadvantages). I used relevant references and images from “Creative Commons” in order to strengthen my visual essay and to make it more interesting and academic for the viewers.

Overall, I really enjoyed making my visual essay for my assessment, as it was a task that I had never had the joy of undertaking before. I feel very passionate about my topic and I hope this was portrayed throughout my visual essay.

 

 

REFERENCES USED –

 

 

Help and advice for a secure digital life. ‘What is a digital identity? ‘ Chapter 1. Retrieved from http://www.justaskgemalto.com/en/node/4812

 

Jarvis, J. 2011. Buzz Machine. One identity or more? Chapter 4. Retrieved from http://buzzmachine.com/2011/03/08/one-identity-or-more/

 

 

Guerin, L. Nolo, Law for all. Can potential employers check your facebook page? Chapter 3. Retrieved from http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/can-potential-employers-check-your-facebook-page.html

 

 

 

IMAGES FROM CREATIVE COMMONS –

 

 

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Digital Citizenship

 

When thinking about digital citizenship, we recognise that the term mean digital interaction. Someone who is regularly using the technologies to access the Internet are seen as digital citizens. One of the main 9 elements of digital citizenship is communication. Communication as seen as a massive important aspect of the digital world as it allows individuals to put their points and views across as they may feel that communicating online is much more engaging and interactive. Nowadays, we can speak to whomever we want online with the click of a button, something that we were not able to do many years ago. “Before the Internet came into existence, to communicate with someone who isn’t in the same room as you, you would have to call them on a phone. Or if you wanted to send them a note you had to send a letter through snail mail. With the introduction of the Internet, we now have the ability to send and receive messages through electronic mail- virtually instantaneously and without the need of a postage stamp.” (zonealarm.com, 2015). This allows us to see the major transformation of digital citizenship within the last few decades. The Internet and digital technologies have a variety of choices that enable us in order speak to individuals online, such as email, social networking sites and video conferencing. These technologies give the public the opportunity to keep in continuous touch with our friends and family, and even members of the public we have become familiar with online. Now, we can talk to anyone, no matter how many miles away or no matter what time. Being able to communicate online may be invaluable to some people. Many individuals find it much easier to interact online, rather than face-to-face communication. Online communication gives people the opportunity to get their points across, for example, to their colleagues, as it is a much more relaxing setting. However, we also have to be sensible and conscious about the specific things we say when comes to communicating online. Everything we post online can have a way of getting back to us, even if it has been discarded, so we need to be exceptionally careful when talking to our peers and sharing our views on a topic. Also, sharing our personal information online is also an aspect we need to look at carefully. As we know, what we share or post online can be seen by many individuals online, mostly people we do not know. “With the push of a button or the click of a mouse, sensitive information can be shared unsafely. Warning students about what is appropriate to share through digital channels can prevent embarrassing, costly and dangerous situations.” (Kramer, E. 2013). That is why it is important to keep our personal information to ourselves like addresses and phone numbers as strangers can easily access these. Overall, having the technologies allowing us to be able to communicate online with our peers, family and colleagues is one of the most significant things to happen to society in the past few decades. I know myself that communicating online is an important part of my life, not just for socialising, but communicating with my fellow classmates in order to complete tasks or assignments. “Online college degrees and programs make it possible for students to work during the day and complete their studies from their homes at nights. Those who spend a lot of time traveling due to work can also complete their education in their spare time.” I think being able to communicate online with other individuals is a detrimental and great part of society, but only if we are smart when doing so.

 

References –

2015, The advantages and disadvantages of the internet. Electronic communications.

http://www.zonealarm.com/blog/2015/02/the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-the-internet/

 

Kramer, E. 2013. The nine elements of digital citizenship that all students must understand. Digital communication.

http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/the-nine-elements-of-digital-citizenship-that-all-students-must-understand

 

Butteriss C, 2010. Eight advantages of online communication for citizen engagement.

http://bangthetable.com/2010/04/14/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-online-communication-revisited/

 

Advantages and disadvantages of making content freely available online.

“Remixing is defined as the act of rearranging, combining, editorializing, and adding originals to create something entirely new.” (Jessel M, 2013). The internet is a new way for us to interact. It allows us to create, share, distribute and use specific content online, for either professional use or even just social use, and has become a lot more favoured over recent years. It allows us to share our work/content online for free in order to educate or entertain other internet users. Examples such as, podcasts, blogs, and even academic content such as lectures. “Seventy-four of the last 100 top grossing films were sequels, adaptations, or remakes. Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” samples the bass riff from Chic’s “Good Times,” pop-art from Shepard Fairey stylized images of Obama and Andre the Giant, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill is a pastiche of elements from hundreds of other films, and so on.” (Jessel M, 2013)

There are many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to individuals making their content accessible and freely available online. As I focused my thinking on advantages of content being accessible online for free, I immediately thought of my own experiences, which led me to think about my university course. Most of, if not all of my university course content is freely accessible online, whether it’s a powerpoint or even a recording, and I personally believe it to be a great thing as I use it to my advantage, almost every night. Online content such as lectures and tutorials can come in extremely handy for example, if participants have not noted the important points they need to complete their assessments or have not necessarily understood certain aspects, it allows the students to go back and have another look. Also, students who have recently been absent at the time the lecture or tutorial was formally presented, are able to log onto their university account and read up on anything that they missed. This allows them to catch up independently, saving the lecturer a lot of time and effort as they are not having to email the individual explaining the main points of the lecture. “The recorded lecture has some straightforward practical advantages. Students can rewind if their attention has lapsed, or if they don’t understand what they’ve heard, or if English is not their first language. They can pause to take better notes or if they need to look something up.” (Clark D, 2014).

Although there are many positives, there can also be some disadvantages when making content online freely available. When thinking about the issue of copyright, we can see that a disadvantage is downloading content illegally. Copyright happens when someone wrongly shares or uses content that was not theirs to begin with. The ‘Creative Commons’ website was designed in order to give online users the chance to share and use content freely without copyright being an issue. It holds thousands or songs, videos, and even academic resources. Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” (Creative Commons). The governing body uses the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 act in order to ensure that the copyright laws are adhered to. This act controls the content online, while protecting it from being used or remixed by other internet users.

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References

http://marketingland.com/remix-culture-rethinking-what-we-call-original-content-41791

http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/may/15/ten-reasons-we-should-ditch-university-lectures

http://creativecommons.org/about

DIGITAL IDENTITIES

Advantages and disadvantages of having more than one online identity.

Almost everyone that uses the Internet has at least one online profile. What is an online profile? “Digital identity is the network or Internet equivalent to the real identity of a person or entity (like a business or government agency) when used for identification in connections or transactions from PCs, cell phones or other personal devices.”  Examples of online profiles are networking sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or even online blogs.

Personally, I wouldn’t argue that having more than one online profile is a bad thing. Especially if the reason is purely because the individual doesn’t want their personal details being accessible to the rest of the population. I completely agree with Julia Allison when she argues “we should maintain many identities – one for work, another for school, another for home, another for friends”(Jarvis, J, 2011). I can certainly associate myself with this as I have two twitter accounts as of just recently. I use one for my social and personal use, and use the other for my university assessments and participation. It is important to me to be able to divide my social life from my professional life as I am studying as a student teacher and believe that my social life online should be kept out of reach to children. It wouldn’t be professional of me to leave my profile easily accessible for anyone, as this could cause many problems, some even jeopardising my career. A second advantage of having more than one online identity is due to employment reasons. It is easy enough for anyone to type your full name into Google in order to find out details and information, sometimes personal and it is most likely that any potential employer will be intrigued about how you portray yourself online. They will be looking to employ someone who is responsible and able to advertise their company. “According to surveys, about three-quarters of recruiters check out applicants on the Internet when hiring, and almost half of all employers do the same. Employers report rejecting job applicants when they find references to drug use, heavy drinking, sexually offensive materials, violent imagery, and so on.” (L, Guerin). This means that they will be able to see everything you post, including your tweets, personal opinions and even your pictures, maybe sometimes bordering on inappropriate. This is why I see having more than one online profile to be advantageous, as it divides up your social life and professional life, sometimes for professional reasons such as studying something specific at university that could be conflicted or applying for jobs.

Although I agree with having more than one online profile, there are disadvantages about the subject. As social networking sites are constantly changing, this can be seen as a bad thing to people that have or have previously had more than one online profile. The individual may have had a second profile in which they no longer use and have in fact forgotten about. This can lead to the personal information on these forgotten profiles to be seen and possibly used by others. Another advantage could be losing track of your online profiles. Depending on how many social networking profiles you have, it can hard to keep track of all of them, including passwords and including who out of the public can see each profile. It is important for the individual to be conscious when using each profile as some personal information or pictures can be accidentally posted on the wrong profile, for example, your professional one.

Overall, I believe having more than one online profile can be advantageous for many reasons, even though they are many disadvantages to go along with it. Thinking about my circumstances, I believe it to be a beneficial idea for me to divide my personal life from my social life as it could possibly jeopardise my career when I qualify as a teacher.

References;

http://www.justaskgemalto.com/en/node/4812

(Jarvis, J. 2011)

http://buzzmachine.com/2011/03/08/one-identity-or-more/

(Guerin, L)

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/can-potential-employers-check-your-facebook-page.html

Digital Literacies

Digitally literate seems to be something that is quite important in todays current society. Digitally literate means having the capability to use a range of digital tools such as laptops, televisions, smartphones and search engines, in order to communicate effectively, critically assess, create content and manage information. “Digital literacies are those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society” (JISC, 2014). In a broader context, digital literacies can be represented in a seven elements model.
7-elements

I believe digitally literate to be especially important within the classroom for many reasons. It allows the students to enjoy producing their own individual projects, it excites and drives the students as they are allowed to use digital tools within the classroom to complete their tasks, while it also gives the students a chance to provide and receive critical feedback about what they need to work on but also about what they have done well. “Schools are increasingly encouraged to embed the use of ICT in all subject areas across both the primary and secondary curricula. Considering how digital literacy supports subject knowledge can help to ensure that technology-use enhances teaching and learning rather than simply becoming an ‘add-on.’ “(Future lab). Since I have joined university, I have realised how much being digitially literate allows you to accomplish online. I have undoubtedly become more digitally able since I have started to carry out my own research, complete and submit my assessments online and leave critical comments on my peers’ work. It hasn’t just benefited me in the way i work, it has also opened many other doors, such as helping me in order to socialise online and also broaden my own knowledge. “ Indeed, if formal education seeks to prepare young people to make sense of the world and to thrive socially, intellectually and economically, then it cannot afford to ignore the social and cultural practices of digital literacy that enable people to make the most of their multiple interactions with digital technology and media.” (Future lab)

Overall, digitial literacy is something that is constantly changing throughout the current economy. I have briefly touched on what is meant by digital literacies in todays society but have focused more on the need to develop digital literacies in order to live, learn and work, especially within the classroom. To conclude, developing digital literacies within the classroom is seen to be extremely important as it doesn’t just enhance the standards of students’ work, it also equips them with skills and broadens their knowledge for later on in life.

References –

Digital literacy across the curriculum. (Future Lab) http://www2.futurelab.org.uk/resources/documents/handbooks/digital_literacy.pdf

Developing digital literacies, (JISC, 2014)

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies

Picture retrieved from Developing digital literacies, (JISC, 2014)

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING DIGITALLY SAVVY

Today, cyberculture is everywhere. Our current society is accustomed to doing almost everything and anything we like online. Digital technology offers many opportunities such as being able to speak to and even see our family members from across the globe, to being able to buy a whole fortnightly shop from a supermarket in minutes. “I believe that learning to live mindfully in cyberculture is as important to us as a civilization as it is vital to you and me as individuals.” (Rheingold, H. 2012)

Doing things digitally is the way to go, as it is the most straightforward and manageable way possible to do things, although, it may not be as easy for some people. My generation are good with digital technology. It’s easy for us as we grew up with technology constantly developing around us. We learn how to use technology, the same way as we learn our own language, it just comes naturally to us. We enjoy being online to socialise with other individuals and like to do so on social networking sites such as facebook, twitter etc. That is why my generation is referred to as ‘Digital Residents’. When in Resident mode the individual is going online to connect to, or to be with, other people. This mode is about social presence… A proportion of their lives is actually lived out online where the distinction between online and offline is increasingly blurred”. The older generation seems to be the generation that fall under the category of ‘Digital Visitors’. The older generation are not as familiarised with the digital world as we are. They weren’t exposed to digital technology growing up, so for them, it’s like learning a second language. When they are on the web, they don’t leave a trace of them being online, and don’t tend to have any social networking accounts. It seems to be just a resource to get the task done quickly. When in Visitor mode, individuals decide on the task they wish to undertake. For example, discovering a particular piece of information online, completing the task and then going offline or moving on to another task” (WHITE AND LE CORNU, 2011)

Being ‘Digitally Savvy’ is something that is being encouraged today. Digital technology can be crucial in educating as it unlocks a whole new world of information that we have never been able to access before. Based on my own experiences, i believe it to be extremely educational as I complete most of my assessments for university online while also finding all of my research. While it being educational, it can also be a great way to socialise. It allows us to communicate with different cultures from across the world while also being able to speak/video chat with family and friends that are hundreds of miles away. I definitely see myself as a “digital resident”. I find being digitally able extremely important and practical to us in todays society, whether it’s to educate ourselves or even just to have a conversation with friends.

References

http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ – Visitors and Residents. Digital – Learning – Culture.

Rheingold, H. (2012). Introduction: Why You Need Digital Know-How–Why We All Need It. In Net smart: how to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ – Visitors and Residents. Digital – Learning – Culture.

Experiences with technology

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without technology. It is used in every day life for many different reasons as it is seen as a quicker and easier way to complete tasks. Growing up, i have seen technology change dramatically throughout the years. For example, many different generations of iPhones, laptops and televisions. For me, technology is an essential part of my day as i use it to socialise, work and learn.

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