Tag Archive: internet

Jan 27

Continuing My Journey on the Internet

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To the left is a visualization of the Internet.  You can see or at least get a feel for how the Internet has an infinite number of branches and connections.






Below is a visualization of my own COETAIL blog website.  While definitely a little more sparse than the previous graphic, I know that compared to an image generated at the end of 2011, the blog connections have grown. 




Made by Marcel Salathe (email me: salathe.marcel AT gmail DOT com)






The chart below tells you what each color stands for.
What do the colors mean?
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

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Since the start of this COETAIL course, I have signed up and created accounts for a variety of web sites, nings, etc. and I have worked on taking steps to involve myself in those communities/resources.  Here is a short list of some of the areas that I have connected to.  All of the items in the list are hyperlinked to either my individual account or to the group/companies main web page. 







Curriculum 21






After having utilized these resources, I find that this is the professional development opportunity that I have been looking for.  Having two young active boys and working at an international school, finding the time and the appropriate resources that meet my specific needs has been a challenge.  Since the start of the COETAIL course, I feel I now have access or can find ways to access the numerous resources offered on the Internet.  Thank you, Kim Cofino, Adam Clark, Brian Farrell, my fellow COETAIL colleagues, and my future instructors.


While I find that hyperlinking can sometimes lead to distracting from the main content, it is still a useful and powerful tool.  Now easily, a blog entry or anything published electronically, becomes a dynamic document.  The reader is now connected to the various sources to receive a more in-depth look into a topic or the reader gains direct access to the various sources.

Personally, I have found that embedding videos is a good way to incorporate media within a blog post.  It is multi-sensory, interactive, and the reader stays on the page.  As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Now with the ability to create blog posts that can connect the reader to a multitude of pictures, videos, songs, documents, nings, etc., the learning possibilities and the future connections that can be fostered is unlimited.

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For example, now that I have a Twitter account set up, I appreciate the additional resources and information that I can easily tap into.  The flow of information is now directed towards me as I continue to grow my “now following” group to best meet my interests and needs.







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I have now hit my ninety-ninth tweet.  Back in September, I do not think I would have hit this mark after my few initial dabbling with Twitter.  While I realize that in the Twitter world, one hundred is not a big number, for me, it is a mile marker. I have found the tweets useful for me start contributing to my digital community and also to record some of the key resources that I have found interesting or useful.  With Twitter, hyperlinks especially help ease the sharing by keeping things short and sweet.





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My Flickr account and contacts are a resource that I would like to further develop in the near future.  As I continue with blogging, I see the potential for pursuing and incorporating my own interest in photography and video.  Flickr and Compfight have been two good avenues to search for graphics that are licensed through Creative Commons’.  Graphics are a key part of the communication process and these two ways to search the Internet help improve my posts and keep it legal.

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Jan 21

Finding a Balance Between Private and Public

As an educator, I am excited by the possibilities of connecting students to other students around the globe.  I am also excited to expand my own Professional Learning Network (PLN) by reconnecting with former colleagues and making new connections with educators both geographically near and far.

As I work to both contribute and gain from joining online communities and creating my own digital footprint on the Internet, there is still a dynamic relationship between being closed (private) or open (public).  Maintaining openness on the Internet is important to foster new relationships, get honest feedback, etc.  But how much openness jeopardizes an individual to identify theft or other negative consequences?



Interacting on the digital level is still new territory for me, but Jon Kleinberg, a professor of computer science at Cornell University who studies social networks, states it well: “When you’re doing stuff online, you should behave as if you’re doing it in public — because increasingly, it is.”

Social media

Flickr photos

Blog posts

Search engines

All these and more are ways of collecting data on an individual.  It is amazing now how much data can be “mined” from the Internet to put together a profile of an individual.  When thinking about privacy and the Internet, often Facebook comes to mind.

Graphic by Sarah Wheaton

Facebook has changed its privacy settings numerous times.  It is well illustrated in the graphic below.

Graphic attributed to Matt McKeon

(To see the most current version of this graphic:  http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/)


Facebook has different levels or circles of privacy where a user’s information can be stored.




Friends of Friends

All Facebook users

The Entire Internet

photo by Mr. Greenjeans


When trying to relate online privacy to the brick and mortar world, I make the connection to a gated community or a school.  Once in a community, you are connected to your neighbors and you have access to the community and facilities.  When joining a new community, you agree to the rules and regulations set by the group in order to receive these privileges.  It is crucial to know that the community that you are about to enter is well established, has good reputation, and is trustworthy.  It is also important to thoroughly read your agreement before committing since you will be held responsible.  The same goes for online communities.

While user agreements can be lengthy, some points that can help a reader focus are the following:

  • Start at the end
  • Can an account be cancelled?
  • Who owns the data?
  • Does the website participate in seal programs such as the Better Business Bureau, Truste, or Verisign

When I did an Internet search of myself a while ago, I was surprised that my Facebook information was coming up in the search.  Since I keep my Facebook account primarily for non-work related, I immediately went to Facebook and changed my settings from open to everyone on the Internet to only friends.  I performed a search again, and the Facebook entries did not appear.  Knowing that privacy settings can change and knowing how privacy settings can drastically change how much information everyone on the Internet has access too is crucial when trying to maintain a certain level of privacy.




By creating two accounts in Facebook, for example, I can attempt to separate my personal and professional life.

Private account Professional account
Searchability Only within Facebook Available to all search engines
User information Only available to friends Available to all search engines

When considering privacy online, it is best to think of activities on the Internet not being private.  In the article, “How Privacy Vanishes Online,” Steve Lohr  makes the actions of the large search engines apparent.  While search engine companies argue that data recorded about user searches helps the consumer, it is surprising to find that the data stored is for six to eighteen months.   During that time, how the data is utilized and who has access to the data are two big questions that need to be asked on a regular basis.

Yahoo-90 days (18 months beginning in July 2011)

Bing (formerly MSN/Windows Live)-6 months

Google-9 months

As way of avoiding any data being gathered, a company named Startpage (www.startpage.com) created a search engine that does not record users’ IP addresses at all.  The company concluded, “If the data is not stored, users privacy can’t be breached.”

I was also surprised to find that it was recommended to keep e-mail and browser information separate as a way of not giving one company a large amount of user data—search inquiries plus e-mail data could provide a substantial amount of data to make inferences from.

“Personal privacy is no longer an individual thing.  In today’s online world, what your mother told you is true, only more so: people really can judge you by your friends.”  Harold Abelson, computer science professor at M.I.T.

There is a whole lot of truth to Abelson’s statement.  When I do an image search for my name, the top results come from pictures that I my friend posted.  So I can take steps to keep my personal information, private, but making sure my friends and acquaintances do the same is not as easy.

On the classroom side of things, I had one student recently ask me about a letter that he was writing to send off to his sister-school buddy.  I explained that he could include information about his hobbies, interests, and family.  The student was very open about being hesitant to give details about himself and his family.  I later explained that the letter that was going to be sent would be in hard copy format and not electronically.  Once I informed the student of this, he was much more ready to share basic personal information.

While privacy settings may be in place, knowing that information posted on the Internet, can easily be made available to everyone on the Internet status due to policy changes, a slipped click of the mouse, etc.   Therefore, posting thoughtfully and as if it were an act in public is a good filter to use.  It is now easier and faster to reach out and connect to people than ever imagined.  In the end, balancing openness with privacy is something that we must come to terms with as individuals.   It is easy to be safe and lock myself in my own insular home or community, but to venture out and engage in new learning communities is enticing and the future of education.


Photo/Graphic Credits:

Facebook Privacy Graphic-Matt McKeon  (To see the most current version of this graphic:  http://mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/)

Gate image-Mr. GreenJeans  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaylon/124507320/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Mark Zuckerberg Graphic-Sarah Wheaton  http://www.flickr.com/photos/graycious17/5574919554/in/pool-1604084@N20/

interior door http://www.furni-ture.com/tag/latest-interior-doors

interior door http://babyarka.com/2011/10/07/living-room-modern-interior-doors/

Reference/Additional Resources:

Grant, Kevin Douglas. “Privacy on the Internet”. Neon Tommy. November 13, 2010.  http://www.neontommy.com/news/2010/11/obama-administration-finally-acting-web-privacy

Lohr, Steve. “How Privacy Vanishes Online”. New York Times. March 16, 2010.  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/technology/17privacy.html

Miller, Claire Cain.  “Google’s New Search Results Raise Privacy and Antitrust Concerns”.  New York Times. January 19, 2012  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/googles-new-search-results-raise-privacy-and-antitrust-concerns/?scp=3&sq=privacy&st=cse

Perez, Sarah. “The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now”. ReadWriteWeb. January 20, 2010.  http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/the_3_facebook_settings_every_user_should_check_now.php

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse  http://www.privacyrights.org/

Truste  http://www.truste.com/privacy-program-requirements/


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Sep 14

How my thoughts on use of IT in the classroom are evolving…

In the article, Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, George Siemens writes a conclusion about the skills needed for the future.  The conclusion is as follows:

The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses

The role of the educator has evolved into the person able to teach students how to skillfully access knowledge at the right times.  Building of the “pipe” is an essential skill that allows for the acquisition of content within the pipe.  I have enjoyed using Twitter to connect to various groups to find out information related to Japanese language and culture and teaching and learning.  The Reader set-up is another way of setting up a new pipeline and routing different feeds my way.  While I may be challenged to read up on and take in all the additional input, there has definitely been some interesting leads that have branched off to other ideas and thinking regarding my practice.

The blog, Twitter account, Delicious account, etc. have been ways to make use of the newly acquired information.  The tools also allow me to better organize the links and information.  The blog has been a good way to put items in a centra

Making connections

l location for easier access at a later date.

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