Facebook has copped a lot of flack lately, about privacy intrusions and whatnot. I have to say though, data collection for the purpose of personalised advertisement isn’t all doom and gloom! While scrolling through my newsfeed, I see an advertisement, clearly targeted at me based on my recent search history or internet viewing or however they collect their data! The advertisement was for a website Versal, and was marketed as a website that transforms the way students experience content. The screenshot showed two students excitedly sitting at a computer viewing a video.
It looked interesting! And I’m in the market for 100 ICT applications, so of course I clicked the link.
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The innovation I chose is #19 from the Google doc. The innovation arose from practice, and it is an example of learning through assessment.
What is it?
MasteryConnect is an app for educators to collate and share resources and assessment data. Educators can find and save resources, track curriculum standards (website appears to be US-focused, with ‘Common Core’ standards referenced), collect data, and create reports. The app also makes it easy to share the data between educators, students, and families.
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Can I get an ‘amen’?
No seriously, if I’m the only one feeling this, I might cry. EDC3100 is living up to its grueling, unforgiving, relentless reputation, and I’m falling victim!
I consider myself fairly ICT-minded. I love ICTs, I love finding mew ICTs, I love using ICTs. I especially love it when I find ICTs that make things easier for me, and all the better when I can generate some kind of data and visual representation because we all know how much I love data!
But. Woah. EDC3100. You are heavy. I’m feeling the stress as I set my alarm for 5am to wake me up before the kids so I can read through the EDC3100 task I have set for the day. My partner says it’s because I have to complete tasks regularly without leaving it all to the last minute (it’s my signature move), and that might be a part of it, but also… searching for ICT, weeding through mediocre ICTs to find the hidden gems, and then learning how to use new ICT is hard.
So why am I doing this? Well, Read the rest of this entry
An interesting current affair story on ‘The Project’ tonight got me thinking about why it is so important to stay up-to-date with ICT (and especially online ICTs), based on the following article: Tweens, teens adept at hiding internet activities from parents, McAfee report reveals. The statistics of the original article were interesting – 70% of youths say their parents didn’t know about all of their online activities, and the same number reported to hiding their online activities. This statistic raised alarm bells, with digital immigrants and Luddites offering solutions such as suggesting youth have limited access to technology, or even removing it altogether.
In my opinion, this is not a practical solution to the problem. Technology is not an Read the rest of this entry