Digitally Mindful

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Photo by Missy Schmidt

Technology is a involved in almost every aspect of our lives. I do not really remember the last time I went twenty-four hours without being on the computer or on my phone. For me I try to use technology as mindfully Most of the time I am using technology for homework or to be connected with family. Family and homework are very important to me. Technology allows me to stay up to date on assignments while keeping connected to my family. During this time I feel like I am using technology mindfully. I try to limit the amount of time I spend on social media, but it does not always happen. Social media can be a great way of connecting friends and staying up-to-date. We do need to be more attentive in our lives, sometimes living in the digital world just doesn’t cut it. There are examples of this out there, they explain how different life it without technology. Here is a link to a great article by Katrina Schwartz. 

We are truly never present when we are tethered to our devices. It is harder to disconnect from our technology, especially since it used everywhere all the time. We use it at work, school, and even when we are relaxing at home. By now it should be pretty obvious that will be using technology in the future. We will be tethered to it, and it is pretty hard to escape. And we do lose a lot of time to social media. This means that we lose time for face-to-face conversations and other personal interactions. People can also lose things they might not notice, such as better sleep.

Paul Miller went offline for one whole year. Something I could never do. During his speech he said that it was hard to not check up on some social media. He also says how it was hard to stay up with friends and connected with. He also mentioned that once he was back online after his year away he could not believe how much has changed. Social media sites are always changing and updating their site to keep their customers satisfy.

There are ways to help people simplify their life in the digital world. This can very simple, such quitting Facebook. It sounds incredibly hard and it might be for the first few months. You can also limit the time spent on social media by only following one or two sites. They can also post less (no one needs to know what it happening everyday of your life) and limit the amount of people the follow. These ideas can be very helpful when trying to cut back on the use of technology. 

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Last Daily Creates

Day 17: 1900

Find a picture of something that happened during the 1900. I decided on the reelection of William McKinley

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Day 18: 1890

Find a photo with penultimate converging lines.

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Photo by Jeff Wallace

Day 19: 1879

The closest thing to spy equipment I own.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 20: 1862

Making a decision on what to watch while I work on homework. Sometimes a little bit of background noise is nice.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Daily Creates

This week I decided not to post everyday. Instead I wanted to post it at the end of the week. I also decided to look into past Daily Create rather than doing the new one for everyday.

Day 10: 1916

As a child I always wanted to see pandas! I loved them and never got to see one in its natural habitat.

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Photo by Roderick Eime

Day 11: 1927

Spell out how much you love DS 106.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 12: 1928

Had to create a Vertorama. I did the street next to my house

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 13: 1929

Do Nothing!

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Photo by: medithIT

Day 14: 1930

Turning something down.

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Photo by Allen Watkin

Day 15: 1931

The island of my dreams: calm, cool, and relaxing.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Day 16: 1914

New story for the Huntsmen Spider. It can grow one inch fangs.

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Photo by Allan Hopkins

Day 17: 1909

Showing how needy we can be.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

 

Eggs

Apparently I never realized that Easter was right around the corner last week. I wanted to make some healthy food that worked well with an Easter meal, but I kind of missed the ball on that one. So to make up for this I decided to make up for it this week. This pushed to buy some discounted egg dye and make hard-boiled eggs. This is probably the easiest thing I will ever make for my learning project. Please keep in mind that my learning project is eating healthy, not improving my cooking skills.
Once I got how I started to boil some water, and cook the eggs. While I did that I started the dye so the tablets would dissolve. Once my eggs were done I ran them under cool water and got ready to dye them.  

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

After dyeing the eggs I apparently had glitter, and decided to spark them up some.

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Photo by Kristyn Stricker

Eggs are very beneficial for people to eat. Like most people know, eggs are very high in protein. They are also a good source goods fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The fats help lower your risk of heart disease, stabilized cholesterol levels, and regulates the insulin in your blood. It also provides a huge dose of vitamin A, which is important for eye health, and vitamin D, which helps absorption of calcium in the body.

This week does not contain a high dose of fruits or vegetables, but it does show another healthy way to eat. These eggs can be eaten by themselves, made into something else, or cut up and put into a salad. This allows people to have amount of verity with a very healthy food.

The Help Hotline

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Photo by Sarah Horrigan

I decided on looking into the nominee Kasey Lemley. She is a 16-year-old girl who created a Twitter account (@TheHelpHotline)  as a way to help others to feel better. Her main goal is to help people who are struggling with eating disorders, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, etc. She attempts to help here followers with anything they are struggling with. Kasey tries to help people by tweeting daily quotes and inspirational photos. Some of her tweets are:

 

Part of the reason I was so interested in Kasey Lemley’s project is because there are so many people in the world that are struggling with mental or physical disorders. Some problems arise from bullying within the school system, and this is a big problem with huge effects. There can be a lot of hate in the world, and it is amazing to see that some are trying to add in a little love and help the ones in need. Kasey is apart of these people who are willing to rise up to change people’s lives.

There was another reason why I was drawn to Kasey’s project. She herself is in dark spot once in her life, but she was able to find help and get on the path of recovery. She once needed a light in the darkness. Now she is trying to be the light that others need. Showing them that they are important and that they can keep moving forward.

Kasey sets a great example for why digital activism can be taught in the classroom. Even if she is not utilizing everything digital technology allows her to, but she does try her best to utilize it as much as possible. There are several websites out there that are giving people examples of how digital technology can be used in society (Classroom Blog and The New Face of Teen Activism). 

I find digital activism to be great in the classroom for three big reasons. First, it connects students with other people, and allows them to see how other students (like them) are trying to benefit other people. It also gives people a chance to join a group and feel like the have a voice. It can be really important to some students who know their voice is being heard.  Lastly, it allows students to see the world through other perspectives. Other perspective might help them understand the other side’s reasoning.

Digital Footprint

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I never really Google myself. I tend to avoid seeing what information is out there about myself and people with my name. At first I Googled “Kristyn Stricker” to see what came up. What first came up was profiles to Facebook, LinkedIn, Merit, and Google+ pages. All of these pages were mine. Most of them were incomplete profile, since I might create a profile once in awhile, and then forget about it. For the images there were several photos from school activities and Google+. Four of them were actually of me, the rest were of other people.

Next my Google search was more specific. I searched for “Kristyn Brooke Stricker.” The first link was to Twitter (it was a tweet were I mentioned my middle name). The next two links were not related to me. The four one was the announcement of the Dean’s and President’s List for Chadron State College. For my images there were only one imagine of me. This was my profile picture for Twitter.

My online information does not say a lot about me. I try to limit my time on social media, which leaves the links from the schools. I think the links from the schools I attend will work in my favor in the future. They are a source that proves I am a good student and care about my studies.

 
If my future employers Google me all they will find are social media outlets, which I barely use. For me social media is a great what to see how my friends and family are doing. It also gives me a chance to get caught up on the news. This leads me to barely post anything on any of them. For my imagines they are nice pictures, that are mostly personal photo I have posted out on the internet. These are from my sister’s graduation reception. If not personal information then it seems to be connected to the schools I have attended. Personally, my future employers should not find any bad information about me. I hope to continue this trend into the future.

Exploring Digital Citizenship

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Photo by John T. Spencer

My favorite website was The Digital Literacy Survival Kit. This is a very useful tool when learning about and teaching future students about digital literacy. The survival kit made comparisons to everyday items in life, such as a toothbrush or a permanent marker.  My personal favorite tool in the survival kit was toothpaste. When squeezing out toothpaste you can not put it back into the tube once it is out. This easily can apply to the internet. You can edit, or even delete whatever was put up on the internet, but most likely there will be someone who saw it.

 

Another great work was by George Couros. He is an educator who wants to help students follow their passion. No matter what students want to do with their life, the internet will be a huge part of it. What students post on the internet can affect their chances at future jobs, if the employer sees it. He even provided a very useful tool to for teachers to use. This tool gives grades and ideas for teachers to use when teaching students digital citizenship. This is something I can really use in the classroom, even if I am a secondary teacher. This tool is a way to remind me of the bases of the students learning process of digital citizenship. It can also help me decided how I would like to grow their digital citizenship.

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Photo by Linda Buckley
One of my biggest fears (and problem) with students be online is cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a huge problem online. There is a huge percentage of students who experience cyberbullying on social media, either by commenting or chatting. In most cases students do not report this bullying to their legal guardians or other adult.  This also increases the chances of teenagers thinking about committing suicide. Cyberbullying can be worse than the bullying that happens within the school hallways and classrooms. This can be worse, because it follows the student home, and does not allow for the students to have a chance of escaping it.  This can be remotely prevented by talking, giving students a strong role model, and by restoring self-respect. There are even more preventative steps online.

Daily Create: Day 8

This daily create involved Stranger Things (a show on Netflix). I never watched the show, but when I looked into it I discovered the show involved a lot of imaginary creatures. This lead me to create my own. I drew it, and I am not a very good artist. IMG_20170415_201432.jpg