NOT SO FINAL: Part 3: Advice for Future Students

Dear Future Student –

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I wonder what the digital experience is as you read this.  For those of us born in the 1900s, its a bit of a struggle-awe-filled-thingy. Our operating systems differ, which means that we don’t necessarily share exact experiences of the same thing.  Some of us love it, some of us hate it. Kids disappear into gaming, and social media is the primary form of human interaction. I am in awe of technologies that keep us connected and organized as much as I am disturbed by them.

I personally am unsure if the Dan in real life is the same as the Dan online. Maybe I’m not so sure because our level of technology includes things like “filters” that improve skin, posture and butt size. Not everyone has a Samsung which means a lot of people out there have lousy screen resolutions. We’re really into memes and emoticons. As I write this, the digital reality doesn’t seem to be a place of obvious evolutions. Words are truncated, sentiments are reduced into childlike symbols, shipping is free.

I imagine that your digital experience is so sleek that any surface you designate is your desktop and that “computer” cameras are no longer in front of you, they surround you. Your user experience has Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 3.32.18 PMapproached, if not surpassed, flawlessness. I’m sure that you are able to hear the noise from where I’m from, smell the street, experience my weather. I bet that I can send you a cronut or a lychee because in your time, digital printing ain’t no big thing.

My question (not so secret advice) is, are you still you? How have you distinguished your unplugged life from your virtually perfect hooked-up life? Is this still an issue?

Here’s what I do to define my spaces.  I know it’s retro, but give one or two a try.

  • I limit what part of the day my plugged in activities take up. I unplug at 6pm and on the weekends.
  • I look for efficiency and productivity in my work and school related plugged-in work.  In fact, I spend more time thinking about the project than tinkering while online.  This helps me to be more focused when the laptop comes on.
  • I chose one production device – the laptop.  My phone is just for talking.
  • Every 20 minutes, I take my eyes off the screen and get up.  I look at nature, dance a little, rest and strengthen my eyes.  Oh alright, I may have a puff of a cigarette.

Is there cancer still?


NOT SO FINAL: Part 2: Thinking About Your Thinking

Here’s my old-school take.

1. How your thinking about digital citizenship has changed over the course of this class (for better and/or for worse)! I seriously hadn’t considered the idea of digital citizenship previous to this class. Truly, the closest I got was plagiarism and making sure my students credited images, videos on their presentations. My thinking about it has changed drastically.

2. What has come to seem more important? Balance. I’m more conscious now of a more balanced mix of digi-content (including live internet experiences) and complimentary analogue strategies. I think they can live in harmony.

3. What has come to seem less? Format. This class has taught me to be accepting of how students chose to answer questions or submit assignments…an audio file, a timeline, etc. I’m looser now.

4. What do you think of the whole idea of digital citizenship and how it relates to plain old citizenship? I think its absolutely necessary in the modern classroom; in fact, I will incorporate the two lessons I wrote in this class as part of my early weeks of the term. I may have inconsistent connectivity at school, but its still a worthy learning module. It’s character education.

5. How does your current understanding of digital citizenship influence how you work and play? Honestly, I’m grateful for the education; even as I’m making conscious decisions to unplug more and more. I definitely will focus my digital efforts in the classroom.

6.Have any of your work routines or habits changed as a result of things you have learned? Nah, not really.  Wait, I lied. I’m more open to communication apps that allow me to work smarter.

7.How will you be a digital citizen (or if you don’t think you will, or can, be…why)? I’ve become more respectful of content creators and their copyrights. My change is more internal. I’m much more appreciative of their work. I will encourage my students to take the extra steps necessary to give proper credit.

NOT SO FINAL: Part 1: Learning Thingy

Hi Gang –

A couple of collections ago (Collection III) I crafted lesson plan slides for copyright for my incoming 9th graders. It occurred to me as I was considering this assignment that I can build upon it with a primer on digital citizenship.  This lesson is meant to precede the copyright lesson. It occurs over two days and uses a mixed approach. For example, while we watch videos, I do assign a paper essay on day 1, and we actually conduct the class in a talking circle on day 2.

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From the slides…

It is by no means done. As I do require scientific paper projects in my class, I would them as a basis to teach good digital citizenship and IP issues. But that’s a future-ish goal (Chris, this one’s for you).

Here are the slides. What is Digital Citizenship?

Also, please feel free to reinterpret for your own teaching uses.



Hi Guys and Gals –

I’m such a Hailey Barger Fan.  I’ve been talking her up to Brenda Noe – she’s the one who Sarah Frick confuses me for ;-). Well, maybe just on Curtis Roger’s site (Curtis, have you made your slides public yet? Would love to see.).  Brooke Bender‘s generous (2) posts re: ADA reminded me that even when there’s been connectivity, one really needs to be analogue ready. (I had a dog named Ada).

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Finally, I redeemed myself from my CC rant earlier this term by clarifying for Elisha Howard how to register for a CC license. She’s my classmate in ED603.  Elisha! How’s your methodology paper coming?




The Twitter Feed

I spent a lot of time looking for the settings menu on my Twitter account until one day last week when I clicked on my photo (well, Grace Jones’ photo). And there it was. I’m the old guy again. This kind of web page organization throws me for a loop.  Twitter,, WordPress all feature an intuition that doesn’t come to me naturally.   Not only do I feel like the old guy, I’m the guy who doesn’t get the slang.

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I suppose its not Twitter’s job to give me “big print” options and that’s completely ok with me.  I just need to look for secret doors, and embrace new organizational patterns.  Or – successfully avoid, though I sense that Twitter, et. al, are going to be part of my  life for its duration. It helps that I don’t use a smart phone anymore. I think.


I’m a slow learner, particularly when there’s technology involved. There were breezy moments in Collection 4’s ADA assignment mainly because I’ve had a couple of years to consider this information – I recently took a Special Ed course and, miraculously, some of it stuck.

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But here’s what I understand about how I learn: I need time. I need days and months to respond to complex concepts. I’m one of those people who don’t find new technology “fun” or “easy.”  I am, by nature, a no-gadget individual – garlic presses annoy me. Just chop the damn garlic.


If you’ve been following the news, Facebook announced that it is developing a drone called Aquila that is planned to deliver free internet to what FB estimates is around 2 billion un-connected users.  Think of it as a giant flying water truck quenching the thirsts of the parched masses. I’m not hearing hallelujas, here.  I’m not quite sure why I feel so unsettled .Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • Aquila = eagle = bird of prey.  Interesting choice of name.
  • Invasion. Maybe  I mean imperialist. By delivering free connectivity, will Facebook censor content as well?
  • How is this type of activity regulated? FAA, NASA?
  • Free?  What’s the catch?  Really…
  • If the goal is to open up the world and make it more connected, shouldn’t there be a plebiscite of some sort?
  • What can stop FB from digitally invading tribes, dropping smart devices, giving them internet, and changing their culture?

This is a new, developing story that I’m sure to be glued to in the upcoming days and months.  Here are some articles to catch up.



Electronic Communications Privacy Act. This is a law enacted in 1986 that protects you from telephone wire tapping. As you can imagine, there’s much criticism that is outdated and there is a great deal of interesting in updating it.

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Following are helpful resources for getting to know ECPA.


Question 1:  Women’s bodies have Roe v. Wade.  Informed consent has Havasupai v. University of Arizona.  Are there any hallmark cases that might help frame the context of the Rehabilitation Act, ADA and IDEA?

Question 2: Parts A & B from IDEA, are there any other age-specific sections in ADA or other anti-discrimination law?

Question 3: Muse upon the likelihood that CVS (computer vision syndrome) becomes a legally recognized disability.