WEEK FIVE: Digital Information


What is Pinterest?

Digital information is collected and stored throughout the Internet. Pinterest is a virtual vision board for those who are enthusiastic about collecting digital information. Users who come across information that they would like to use or share can pin it to their board to be accessed later.

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My Pinterest page, Encounters of the Digital Information Kind.

Pinterest in the classroom

Having used Pinterest this week, I now realise that it is a great educational tool for students and teachers. For example, students can collect articles and keep them for referencing, and teachers can create boards that categorise lesson ideas.

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What is digital information fluency?

Digital information fluency is the ability to search, locate, evaluate and ethically use digital information to answer information enquiries (Definition of Digital Fluency, n.d., para 1). Having learned about digital information this week, I now realise that students need to learn how to determine credibility of sources (Howell, 2012, p. 205). Students who do not have the skills will become increasingly disadvantaged at school and in their personal lives (Howell, 2012, p. 13). Teachers need to facilitate students in developing skills that help them to evaluate and use sources, locate the author, publisher, and ethically use information.



Reference List:

Abraham Lincoln Fake Internet Quote [image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://quotespictures.com/the-trouble-with-quotes-on-the-internet-is-that-its-difficult-to-determine-whether-or-not-they-are-genuine-internet-quote/

Definition of Digital Fluency. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://at.boisestate.edu/home/definition-of-digital-fluency/

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching With ICT. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.

Pinterest [image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.iconfinder.com/icons/71634/logo_pinterest_icon

Pinterest Teachers [image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.prekinders.com/pinterest-for-teachers/

WEEK FOUR: The Digital Divide

Digital Divide(1)

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This infographic shows the discrepancies between those who can and cannot access information computer technology (ICT), otherwise known as the digital divide. There are four billion people who are not accessing worldwide information on the Internet (Sanou, n.d., p. 5). According to File (2013), the remaining three billion are accessing worldwide knowledge, organisations and services, education, employment, social media and varying perspectives outside of their immediate social settings. The four billion who are not connected are either socioeconomically disadvantaged or do not have the skills to operate ICT (p.5).

For me, the most significant benefits of having access include, being more employable, accessing healthcare information and services, accessing worldwide knowledge, using services that are more efficient and convenient, protecting the environment from unnecessary paperwork, and higher possibilities of completing high school as well as higher education (File, 2013, p. 6). Having learned about the digital divide, it seems the ways we can bridge it include creating affordable Internet access, ICT courses and community equipment.

As a side not, I found this interesting presentation tool to help create this infographic. This tool is called Picktochart. This site enabled me to create an engaging information graphic to presents my research. Follow this link to view my digital divide infographic on Pictochart.

Reference List:

File, T. (2013). Computer and Internet Use in the United States: Population Characteristics. Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-569.pdf

Sanou, B. (n.d.). ICT Facts and Figures. Retrieved from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Documents/facts/ICTFactsFigures2014-e.pdf

World Bank. (2013). Internet users per 100 people. Retrieved from http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.NET.USER.P2/countries?display=map


WEEK THREE: Digital Security


Identity Theft

Identity theft involves misusing another person’s details to access their money, take out loans and open up accounts or businesses. Identity theft can occur through digital communications, where scammers seek personal information about their targets through email, social networks or phone conversations. To avoid being scammed, people ensure that you use only trusted websites and do not pass on personal information to individuals you do not know. If you think you have been targeted or your identity has been exploited, contact your bank immediately and you can report it to SCAMwatch (Scamwatch, n.d.).


Earlier this year, Kranish (2014) wrote an article about identity theft from the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to this article, there have been billions of dollars paid out to scammers who find stealing from the IRS easy (para 5).


Digital Footprint

Having learned about the implications of having too much information online, I have now become actively curious about how many social media communities I belong to. Using the websites Knowem and Pipl, I entered all my social media names, which checked the Internet for my details. The results showed accounts that I had completely forgotten about. I decided to delete the unwanted accounts to minimise my digital footprint.


Reference List:

Identity Theft [image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.altonpolice.com/content.cfm?pageID=119

Kranish, M. (2014, February 16). IRS is overwhelmed by identity theft fraud. The Boston Globe. Retrieved from http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/02/16/identity-theft-taxpayer-information-major-problem-for-irs/7SC0BarZMDvy07bbhDXwvN/story.html

Scamwatch. (n.d.). Identity Theft. Retrieved from http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/identitytheft

Your Digital Footprint [image]. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com/2012/safety-protecting-your-digital-footprint/

Ways of Identity Theft [image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://thefinancialphysician.com/2013/09/how-to-prevent-identity-theft/