Today we had the pleasure of having Jesse Miller come and speak to our class about privacy and safety on the internet. I have never understood how the internet works as much as I did after this presentation. Miller focused on the role that technology has within an educator’s personal-life and classroom. “We always need to be learning more about the tools human beings are using that are always evolving”: this quote is one of the first things that really stuck with me during the presentation. Although new and evolving technology can be scary and hard to understand, I have realized that the more we know the better; that we can understand the impact we are making, and the impact it has on our lives. This quote doesn’t necessarily focus on technology, but the overall human experience. Technology and screens are the new normal, and that normalization is also multifaceted. Another aspect of the internet that Jesse focused on was the by-product of anything that we interact with on the internet. Ads, google-home, and proving you are not a robot all have by-products that are helping improve and have innovative effects.
Another part of Miller’s presentation that I found impactful was his idea that as parents and teachers we need to figure out what kids are doing with technology and engage and participate with them. Technology can be used as a distraction for both parents and students, but if we are able to find ways to make technology an educational experience, teachers, parents, and students will be more engaged. The majority of articles that parents are engaging with that talk about technology are written by parents or teachers, not researchers. This means that only half of the evidence is making up 100% of the value in their minds. It is important for teacher and parents to look into research, who did it, and how they are doing it. Another aspect highlighted in this section was about teacher and student accountability in terms of cellphones in the classroom. If students are bored, they are more likely to need more stimulation, and therefore, will end up being on their cellphones. If students give respect to their teachers, the brain, and learning environment, they are more likely to be stimulated: “when teachers treat their classroom like a team sport, there is more regulation and accountability”.
As future teachers, we hold a lot of power in the information that we have, and what we do with it. Digital consent is something that I have been aware of for a few years now. Given the fact that Ive work with at risk youth for 6 years, consent is an extremely important thing within my jobs. I have taken multiple courses and signed multiple documents that have to do with privacy and media consent. Jesse highlighted multiple important questions to ask yourself before taking or posting information: did you ask permission?; are you sharing information without informing the person it may impact?; are you aware that illegal consent on your device may impact your life in a variety of ways?. His main point was that you need to share information with care.
The last impactful piece of information that Miller shared was a quote from John Culkin: “we shape our tools and therefore, our tools shape us”. The tools we shape, such as technology and social media, become part of our culture.