Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Smile! You're on Google Glass!

What is Digital Citizenship?

The concept of digital citizenship has been brought to the forefront in lieu of the ever-changing, and growing, advancements in technology. As part of our Grade 7 advisory program, students have been exploring, what is digital citizenship?

http://mstechgraded.blogspot.com.br/2014/01/digital-citizenship-exploration.html

This week I have had the opportunity to explore using Google Glass in my PE classes. After my initial experience, I was left with a few wonderings regarding the use of technology in the PE setting. Just as students should be physical and health literate, the need to become literate in digital citizenship should also be valued. 


What complex forces tug at the idea of technology and social mediaTake a look at the following video. What further inquiries does Google Glass create in the context of digital citizenship? 



Watch the Google Glass video of volleyball skill development in PE and consider the following questions...
  • How would digital citizenship look like in different teaching and learning settings?
  • What would change about the thinking taking place among students and teachers?
  • How would teaching and learning be like if Google Glass was used in the PE setting?
  • What would be some factors that could influence the use of Google Glass in PE or in other classroom environments?




Use the thinking routine, Tug of War, to reason carefully about the pull of various factors relevant to digital citizenship.
  • Identify the factors that pull at each side of the use of technology and social media in different settings
  • Think of tugs, or reasons why you support a certain side (think of reasons on the other side as well)
  • Generate what if questions to explore the idea of using technology and social media

Share your questions in the comment section of this post - let's make our thinking visible!



More on digital citizenship...

See what prompts the New York Times has listed for technology and social media...



See what Google has to say about teaching to the Google Generation...

12 comments:

  1. How did you manage to get your hands on that glass? So cool! "What complex forces tug at the idea of technology and social media?" Love this question, by the way.

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  2. Digital citizenship can look different in different teaching and learning settings depending on how teachers decide to utilize technology and how they monitor and instruct their students' usage of it. Depending on how the teacher approaches the topic, they can allow their students to have a positive or a negative digital citizenship and footprint in regard to their use and what they publish and share online. If the use of technologies such as google glass becomes widespread, it will change the setting of the classroom and the relationships between students and teachers by a huge extent. I feel like it would mostly disconcentrate students rather then help them learn and the use of this technology should be restricted in class, unless teachers can implement them in certain activities, but still restricting them only to that. If certain measures are not taken to control the usage of technology, the thinking between students and teachers will be impeded by distractions. In PE class, I believe there isn't really a place for the use of Google Glass, at least not in constant usage. There could be a possible application with certain usages of the camera and the "heads up display." The usage of technology can be both positive or negative but it depends on how teachers decide to approach it. One thing I wonder, though, is exactly what applications Google Glass could have in a physical education environment. How could the teachers even control what students are doing in their personal devices since the view of the display is restricted only to them.




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    1. Daniel, you raise some good points. Exploring the use of Google Glass in the PE setting will require some careful considerations...placing even more so at the forefront the importance of digital citizenship. Ultimately, what it comes down to is how each individual chooses to use such technologies. Providing the guidance as to what is expected in each teaching and learning situation is necessary in order to ensure the experiences are authentic and meaningful.

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  3. February 17th:

    I think that using technology for educational purposes is fine, but excessive use of it is not. Some might think that using Google Glass during a physical activity might be a useful thing, but I think that since we already use so much technology on our daily basis at school, we should have a break from it and do normal physical activity. Being wired to so many digital devices is a great distraction, and I am certain that we won't be focused on our tasks if we have a Google Glass at one's disposition. Unless if the person using a Google Glass needs to record something from a first person point of view, then I don't think it is a worthwhile utility during PE class. One thing is to use it as a map, now to educate someone during a physical lesson is another that I don't think is possible yet. If the teacher is a physical and health educator, it is beyond question that they would refute the use of this technological device during his/her class. First of all, because the teacher should be informed that such radioactive devices aren't good for our bodies and can develop fatal diseases such as cancer. Second, if the teacher is willing to teach the students about health, he/she should set a good example of how to do physical activities in a proper way, concentrated and fully committed. Third, I am not sure of this for I haven't experienced the use of Google Glass, but I can't see a way that Google Glass would help. If the purpose of using Google Glass is to film and then share with others, then I think that is a more reasonable objective. But, it would be less worse for the human body if the person used a real camera like a GoPro, which was made for filming moments with great adrenaline. Google Glass doesn't even have a good image quality, so I think there are better alternatives to the use of it. So, I conclude that it is better to keep things simple and not regress the real physical experiences.

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    1. "If the teacher is a physical and health educator, it is beyond question that they would refute the use of this technological device during his/her class." This is a very strong statement. I wonder, how could you argue in favor of Google Glass in the PE setting, for example, for assessment purposes? Would the only use of Google Glass be for recording? However, like you have mentioned, sometimes simple is better. There needs to be a balance between "being wired" and participating in "real physical experiences."

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  4. The development of digital citizenship, indeed may be helpful to the learning of students, but at the same time it may be disadvantageous. In modern days many schools are approaching a new way of sharing information with their students, and to do that they are using technologies (such as computers), even though technology can be sustainable (because it avoids students from using papers), many times it can make students distract themselves, since their favorite games, or social sites are just one click away from them. It is essential for schools and teachers to give the right directions for the use of technology, and if possible even put limits on their action in the computers. Technologies may be very helpful in our learning environment, but at the same time it can make people less efficient at their work, especially teenagers.

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    1. Walter, I wonder, what steps are you taking in order to ensure that your use of technology in class is appropriate and not a distraction?

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    2. Walter, I would like to build upon what Ms. Arcenas commented. I believe that it is the person's responsibility to ensure they are using technology in their advantage, making the most of their learning experience. There are countless advantages to moving forward with technological advancements and I think that the only thing is that it should be structured, tested, and planned. This way, we get to use the latest technology to help us in our learning experience!

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  5. I had never thought of this possibility for Google Glass. From what I've tested it before, it does enhance many of our daily needs and I am now imagining all of its uses for physical education. A while ago, we used to do fitness tests, such as the beep test, among others. Google Glass would be a great solution to record videos of students throughout a timeframe and then compare them to see one's progress. Think about how these videos could be integrated with the digital portfolio concept...

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    1. Great! I love the idea of the blog as your PE portfolio; however, this concept is new within the PE setting, especially for HS (MS is currently using blogs as their portfolios - "blogfolios"). Motivating HS students to use this platform as a means to show growth in PE is the challenge...what are your thoughts? I wonder, Pedro, what could you suggest?

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    2. Ms. Arcenas, I agree, there needs to be a personal motivation from the student. I am not sure what I can suggest, but take a look at my digital portfolio: a project I've been doing for all my classes since 9th grade. https://sites.google.com/a/graded.br/pedro-salles-leite-digital-portfolio/ . This might give you some ideas... Let me know what you think.

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  6. Digital citizenship would look different in different learning settings depends on the students' integrity and the methods that the teacher places in place in order to prevent misuse of technology. There are many times where technology is extremely advantageous for learning, like finding resources and verifying them and document sharing. Although, sometimes students might find other uses for technology, which can lead to their demise. Such as using social media during class and dismissing the use of laptops for learning and only for their personal use. One essential thought that needs to be communicated is that technology is out there not to distract students, but to help learning. Although it should also be clear that too much technology isn't always helpful, but a hassle. Teaching and learning in a PE setting would be extremely useful for timing, and possibly even for fitness tests.

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