Why Build a Wall?

This is a wall:


If your purpose is to protect information, this wall is useful.

If your purpose is to make money on the information, this wall is useful.

But if your purpose is to share information, this wall will keep people out.

When we are trying to build a community, even if everyone has a password, this wall will keep people out.

What are you trying to hide?

From Doug Belshaw: We should be continually asking the question, can we make this public?

Because that’s how knowledge moves, ideas connect, people learn, innovation begins, and our world becomes a better place for our kids.

More Thinking on Open Practice:

Matt Thompson: How to Work Open

Doug Belshaw: The Importance of Working Open in Education

Mike Caulfield: New Directions in Open Education

Open Education Leadership

Learning Math in the Open

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Rethinking “Digital Footprint”

24 Digital Life skills

Last week, we learned that we have to completely rethink how we teach critical thinking on the web.

Today, as I dig into the idea of digital footprint, I realize we have to completely rethink our approach to this as well.  Health and Protection, just 3 years ago, was seen as this (by Ontario teachers).  It was, at the time, a very comprehensive look at how we teach our kids to be safe online.

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-10-35-56-pm OSAPAC Digital Citizenship Resource, Creative Commons Licensed https://www.osapac.ca/dc/

But with Artificial Intelligence and the use of algorithms to track our data, Digital Footprint management is now so much more.

From the World Economic Forum:

Digital footprints: The ability to understand the nature of digital footprints and their real-life consequences and to manage them responsibly

How we “manage them responsibly” now that we are aware of much more invasive “real-life consequences” is something every teacher needs…

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Showing Our Love for Bloggers – #ontedblogs

Here’s a simple next step to support the sharing of professional practice across Ontario.

24 Digital Life skills

The open web is a place where everyone has a voice – a place for ideas, conversations, and sharing.  However, when we “exist online” mainly inside our mobile apps, being fed a algorithm-driven diet of content based on our likes and other in-app activity, we lose sight of the importance of the democratic web.

Bloggers take time to share learning and thinking openly on the web, but this content rarely gets eyeballs inside corporately-owned sites like Facebook.

It’s exciting, motivating, thought-provoking, and encouraging to get comments on a blog post.  It means someone has read your work, considered it, and taken the time to share back.

If we value the open voices of bloggers who share, we need to take time to read their work and engage in important conversations.

Last month, Tina Zita encouraged us all to blog more regularly with her #10days10posts challenge

As we move into February, let’s show…

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Busting the [Filter] Bubble

This week, I have been participating in a #10days10blogs challenge, exploring the theme of digital filter bubbles.

I hope you will enjoy the posts, beginning here.

3/10 – How the “smart phone” and mobile apps have changed the way we interact online

4/10 – Historical perspective – the co-created open web to corporately owned platforms

5/10 – Algorithms: What’s controlling what you see and read?

6/10 – Information Literacy: What will your lesson plan look like now?

7/10 – Videos and Images – From Facts to Feelings

8/10 – Popularity over Importance: Celebrity culture in a time of wicked world problems

9/10 – The Attention Economy

10/10 – Escape Your [Filter] Bubble

I welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions as I learn more about who has the power in our interconnected, yet insular, digital world.

Featured image from NASA on Unsplash.


Some initial resources:

CBC Ideas: The Insular Web

Tech Gypsies Podcast (caution – adult language)

Danah Boyd – Why America is Self-Segregating

by Donna Miller Fry (@fryed)