The Digital Revolution, Your Classroom and You

Overview

In just a short 10 years the world has been rocked by a digital, social media revolution that is changing the face of societies and education. We are just beginning to understand what all this means for society, ourselves and our students.

Come along as we explore this digital revolution and its impact on political evolution, social identity and the world of education. We explore how massive social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat and more enable an expanded sense of identity and communication, and altering old social structures, norms and practices.

This course is appropriate for all teachers K-12.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Have a base understanding of the digital and communication revolution that is changing how we interact with each other
  2. Better understand the power of social media and how it impacts our students and ourselves
  3. Become aware of the power of learning analytics and adaptive learning to better customize how we prepare content for our students
  4. Understand how big data and privacy intersect
  5. View the power micro-credentials and digital badging
  6. Learn the importance of our digital reputation and how to take control if it
  7. Understand the power of communities and our desire to fit in

Choose from ONE of the following texts for the course

Detailed Book Descriptions

rebpublic of outsidersRepublic of Outsiders

Link to Amazon

Description: “Republic of Outsiders is about the growing number of Americans who disrupt the status quo: outsiders who seek to redefine a wide variety of fields, from film and mental health to diplomacy and music, from how we see gender to what we eat. They include professional and amateur filmmakers crowd-sourcing their work, transgender and autistic activists, and Occupy Wall Street’s “alternative bankers.” These people create and package new identities in a practice cultural critic Alissa Quart dubs “identity innovation”: they push the boundaries of who they can be and what they can do, even turning the forces of co-optation to their benefit.”

“In a brilliant and far-reaching account, Quart introduces us to individuals who have created new structures to keep themselves sane, fulfilled, and, on occasion, paid. This deeply reported book shows how and why these groups now gather, organize, and create new communities and economies. Without a middleman, freed of established media, and highly mobile, unusual ideas and cultures are able to spread more quickly and find audiences and allies.Republic of Outsiders is a critical examination of those for whom being rebellious, marginal, or amateur is a source of strength rather than weakness.”

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

tribesDescription “A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature.”

“Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger. But more important, they’re enabling countless new tribes to be born—groups of ten or ten thousand or ten million who care about their iPhones, or a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming. “

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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itscomplicatedDescription “What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.”

“Boyd’s conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.”

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

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noplacetohideDescription“In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.”

“Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.”

“Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens—and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.”

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

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reinventingyouDescription “Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. But to achieve this in today’s competitive job market, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally. Consider this book your road map for the next phase of your career journey.”

“Mixing personal stories with engaging interviews and examples from well-known personalities—Mark Zuckerberg, Al Gore, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and others—Reinventing You shows how to think big about your professional goals, take control of your career, build a reputation that opens doors for you, and finally live the life you want.”

 

Lessons

Introduce Yourself (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Take a few moments to introduce yourself to the class. As this course grows, you will find more and more people to possibly connect with in the future.

Take a few moments to introduce yourself to the class. As this course grows, you will find more and more people to possibly connect with in the future.

Understanding the Communication Revolution (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

As a former U.S. History teacher I often talked about the industrial revolution and its impact on society. Today, in developed countries, the industrial revolution has long since passed.

As a former U.S. History teacher I often talked about the industrial revolution and its impact on society. Today, in developed countries, the industrial revolution has long since passed.

Our Students Today: Generation Like (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Being liked is about the most important thing for nearly any student. While there are exceptions, students crave social acceptance as they become older. Of course adults do too; we just pretend it is not as important to us. ;-)

Being liked is about the most important thing for nearly any student. While there are exceptions, students crave social acceptance as they become older.

Of course adults do too; we just pretend it is not as important to us. ;-)

Social Media Today (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Social media; yeah! We all have heard of it, but do we really understand how it works? What is going on behind the scenes, how it is used and to leverage its power to spread our powerful thoughts and ideas? Let's find out.

Social media; yeah! We all have heard of it, but do we really understand how it works? What is going on behind the scenes, how it is used and to leverage its power to spread our powerful thoughts and ideas? Let's find out.

Advanced Twitter (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

The more followers you have, the more people you reach. While having many followers is better than having less followers, it is not necessarily a formula for success. Rather, it is the quality of your followers that really determines how helpful Twitter is for you.

The more followers you have, the more people you reach. While having many followers is better than having less followers, it is not necessarily a formula for success. Rather, it is the quality of your followers that really determines how helpful Twitter is for you.

Your Digital Reputation (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

If you plan to use the Internet, then at some level, a representation of you is being produced and available all over the globe. As we learned in the lesson on privacy, we really don't have any. Our online habits are collected, aggregated, sold and, eventually, scored.

If you plan to use the Internet, then at some level, a representation of you is being produced and available all over the globe. As we learned in the lesson on privacy, we really don't have any. Our online habits are collected, aggregated, sold and, eventually, scored.

Learning Analytics and Adaptive/Customized Learning (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Adaptive learning technology simply means that a learning platform or program changes (adapts) itself to meet the needs of the learner on the other side of the screen.

Adaptive learning technology simply means that a learning platform or program changes (adapts) itself to meet the needs of the learner on the other side of the screen.

Big Data (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

If you have read the book Money Ball (video option here) by Michael Lewis, then you have an understanding of the financial and emotional power that comes with Big Data. Learn what it is all about in this lesson.

If you have read the book Money Ball (video option here) by Michael Lewis, then you have an understanding of the financial and emotional power that comes with Big Data. Learn what it is all about in this lesson.

Privacy (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

Yeah, privacy is pretty much dead. I know that sounds depressing, but I think it is the new reality. Hopefully I am wrong, I know that people get mad at me, but I am afraid it is the reality. Unless you plan to cut yourself off from the communication revolution that is taking place around us right now, then you stand very little chance of staying private.

Yeah, privacy is pretty much dead. I know that sounds depressing, but I think it is the new reality. Hopefully I am wrong, I know that people get mad at me, but I am afraid it is the reality. Unless you plan to cut yourself off from the communication revolution that is taking place around us right now, then you stand very little chance of staying private.

Micro Credentials and Badges (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

As more and more learning opportunities appear online, the definition of "normal" schooling will change. Students, especially high school graduates, can now choose from a variety of learning locations both on ground and entirely in the cloud. This class, as you know, is cloud based.

As more and more learning opportunities appear online, the definition of "normal" schooling will change. Students, especially high school graduates, can now choose from a variety of learning locations both on ground and entirely in the cloud. This class, as you know, is cloud based.

Book Reflection (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

Spend some time reflecting on one of the books required for the course.

Spend some time reflecting on one of the books required for the course.

The NMC Horizon Report (Preview)

Author: Michael BollComplexity: Standard

This lesson focuses on the NMC Horizon Report and what it sees as our current and future use of technology in education.

This lesson focuses on the NMC Horizon Report and what it sees as our current and future use of technology in education.

Projects (Preview)

Author: Michael Boll

This course provided a very wide overview of many of the underpinnings of what is beyond the tools of web 2.0 and where the direction the Internet is going. Next up, focus on one of the specific areas we covered and develop a deeper understanding.

This course provided a very wide overview of many of the underpinnings of what is beyond the tools of web 2.0 and where the direction the Internet is going. Next up, focus on one of the specific areas we covered and develop a deeper understanding.