How much is too much media?

Did you know that in a poll of 2100 individuals, 79% of teens think their friends share too much personal information online ? I wonder if they notice the irony. Every user of social media should have a plan before they post. This is especially true for educators who can benefit from the tools, but also face significant risks if not informed.

Whats your Social Media Strategy Bering June 9 FINAL


Education Technology

This year’s ETC conference had exciting workshops on new technological tools to use in classes. The Apple I P OD touch has hundreds of possible applications, for a low cost or free price. Social media was of course content for many presentations and workshops. A hands on interactive workshop was held on how to use in  education both for class exercises and teaching content.


Bitstrips May presentation May 26

Free Online Tutorials for students

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Harvard Business Review offers free online tutorials to help your students learn concepts. Each lesson is 2 hours:

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Tutorials are at the bottom of the page.


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Blind Students want Access to Online Learning

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

The History of Privacy

December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

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The above document highlights some of the stages that we in North America during the listed years, and much of the rest of the world have experienced. Some examples are:

1890    First Kodak snapshot camera invented

1900    Fingerprints identified as unique and distinguishable

1907    First dictograph (bugging device) invented

1936  Social security numbers created in the U.S. as part of life-long piece of  personal identity

1948    Sexual behavior in the Human Male by A. Kinsey published, the first open discussions about individuals’ sexuality

1950s The cold war and trust in government prompts increased surveillance of citizens

1964  SIN numbers distributed in Canada to record transactions between individuals and the government

1967    U.S. Supreme Court rules that intercepting communications requires a warrant

1975    Computers become available commercially

1980s  DNA fingerprinting and cell phones become widely available

1995    The term “spyware” is used for the first time

2004    Facebook appears

Although there are many reasons to be cautious when providing information through social networking, reflecting on the changes above helped me take a step back. While the rise in “oversharing” on the Internet exists today, there have been many significant changes in our past that could have led to extensive privacy problems.

Your Turn…

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

I’d like to record some short podcasts over December and would like suggestions from you. Is there any teaching related technology, legislation, or topic you would like me to cover ?

Looking for an E-reader?

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Kobo is adding Wi-Fi (easy wireless networking) to the E-reader available in Canada.


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