Author Archives: Ramsel Guillermo

Both parents and teachers should educate children on digital citizenship, social media is too risky!

It is not only the resposiblity of teachers but most especially there is a great part of the parents to interfere on the chidlren’s wellbeing on social media platforms. So when I say “we” i should mean (as parents and teachers) have the greater responsibility to educate the young people so that they are aware of safeguarding their personal information this is I think the formost critical issue. Students should be aware of the importance of protecting their personal information online, such as avoiding revealing too much personal information on social media, using strong passwords, and understanding the implications of sharing their data with third-party services. We should also educate students that they should be aware of the importance of respecting copyright laws, understanding the distinctions between fair use, public domain, and Creative Commons. The Online Privacy Awareness must also be informed the students, they should be aware of their online privacy, understanding the implications of sharing data online and understanding how to adjust their privacy settings on social media and other online platforms. Another critical issue that we should educate our children is the cyberbullying. Students should be aware of the risks of cyberbullying, understanding how to identify and respond to online harassment, as well as how to report and diminish it.

 

The cyberbullying is a very serious issue that can post emotionals and psychological consequences.  Cyberbullying is too risky for their mental and emotional health. It may affect all aspects of their wellbeing.

There maybe times that our chidlren will fall into scams. So digital literacy is another critical issues to be educated.  Students should be aware of the importance of understanding how to assess the credibility of online sources and how to recognize online scams.

Lastly digital rights and responsibilities must be taught evan at an early age. Our children or students should be aware of their digital rights and responsibilities when using digital technology, including the rights of others. They should understand the importance of respecting copyrights and other intellectual property laws, and the potential legal consequences of engaging in illegal activities online.

Let’s all educate ourselves, let’s create a safe, better and happier community for our children and future generations to come!

 

“Let’s bring back the old times: stay focused on better and healthier activities”

Let‘s bring back the oldfashioned fun without relying on the screens of our devices. Instead of spending hours scrolling aimlessly through TikTok, let‘s invite the children, and teenagers, to play some board games, read a book, go for a walk, or try a new hobby. Let‘s take the time to connect with our friends and family facetoface and have meaningful conversations. Let‘s enjoy the little things in life that don‘t require a phone or computer. Let‘s bring back better lifestyles when offline and make the most of ours. Let’s moderate the time spent using mobiles, let our youngers do other activities that are worthwhile.

There are times I would to tell my loved ones to unplug their phones, off their cameras, and enjoy some quality time together. Instead of being glued to our screens, it may be awesome to invite  classmates and friends for a picnic, play a chess board games, have a conversation, or take a walk outdoor. These are just beyond compare activities that we used to do better before the time of social media and technology. There are so many possibilities that are available to do when we turn off our phones and wifi. Let’s bring back the old times when smartphones were not still in our lives. 

Bringing back the better times by lessening or disconnecting so much dependency on technology can mean to returning to a simpler, more nostalgic way of life. This could also mean reviving classic activities, it could also mean taking part in more traditional hobbies such as community and sports activities, sketching, gardening, cooking (sorry, it should mean real cooking not the digital cooking that we usually watch on youtube and social media). It would be amazing  to see how  beautiful and wholesome activities  can be done when we go out to take part in better outdoor activities, to name more such as camping, hiking, and biking, cooking festivals and trade shows. These things I believe can bring back the old times and generating a more focused and better lifestyles. 

I like to share with you some fundamental shifts that can let us bring more ideas generated and created when we focus our brain on better activities as presented by Chris Bailey: 

What can an AI do at a very young age?

I have witnessed the efficiency of AI in this EDTECH class. As a newbie to AI, I was amazed by its contribution to building the context and creating a wealth of responses to questions being posted for  AI to respond to. It’s totally making the writing task done instantly, giving you the wealth of knowledge anyone could ever need. At this point, it came to my mind that AI does so much help in academic, and professional writing outputs. But then I became anxious that AI may post a negative effect on children at young ages. They may have discovered AI as early as their age and they become too dependent on using AI to submit their homework, essays, and many other writing activities required of them in the classroom.

I have a few questions for everyone in our EC&I 830 class of which I am really skeptical as AI may give a negative impact at young ages.  Does AI really help our young kids to think critically by themselves? Will students pose laziness in creating their own writing task? Will they credit the source of information they have gathered online or via AI? If a class has been introduced with the use of AI and a student submits a very impressive essay that had been aided by CHATGPT, how is the writing output being graded? Will that output receive a 100% mark? Are there readily available standard criteria to grade AI produced write ups?

I have heard teachers introduced AI at elementary grade levels, however, they still require their students to decode information from AI write up. Does this mean, information from AI have not given the exact information that teachers are looking for the learners? As Purcell et al. (2013) emphasize that in this modern and digital age, there are challenges to better educate our learners about writing, how the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and address issues on plagiarism and fair use. I can view that the connection of writing a variety of tasks using AI in this case which may not help the students produce formal and informal writings on their own. All other questions linger in my mind as I am not very sure of  what, how, when do AI gives all the positive potentials for now and future purposes for our young children.

Reference:

Purcell, et al. (2013, July 16). The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools. Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2013/07/16/the-impact-of-digital-tools-on-student-writing-and-how-writing-is-taught-in-schools/

 

 

My Experience of Using Technology in the Classroom

I have been using technology in my teaching for many years now. I began by using laptops, projectors, CPU’s, and tablets in my classroom to facilitate learning. This allowed my students to access online resources such as videos, audio, and other electronic media. I also found that the use of technology in the classroom allowed me to provide a more interactive learning experience by engaging my students in virtual discussions and hands-on activities. Technology also allowed them to submit completed tasks on paperless methods. This was a very insensitive day-to-day academic life, especially in the peak time of Covid-19.

Using technology in the classroom also gave me the opportunity to introduce my students to the world of many learning opportunities. This allowed them to gain a better understanding of the technology behind their regular activities, quizzes and assessments. My students were able to apply what they have learned especially  in their Math problem solving and at the same learning this subject as second language learners.

Finally, incorporating technology into my teaching allowed me to stay connected to my students. I was able to use platforms such as Skype, Microsoft teams, Google Hangouts, and Zoom to communicate with my students outside of the classroom and keep them up-to-date on their assignments and projects. I also used technology to communicate with colleagues and parents, providing them with regular updates on their children’s progress.

Overall, I believe that using technology in the classroom has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It has allowed me to provide all my students with a more engaging and interactive learning jorney.