We take for granted a lot of the set rules that stands on their own without being quested, school privacy is one of them. Surprisingly I found myself this afternoon asked to question if I trusted my former schools. Well there is no doubt the answer will be “yes”. Would my parents and others’ parents rely on a more secured environment for their kids in educational places. I may disappoint you again if the answer is positive. The above isn’t a philosophical debate yet but worth exploring while discussing current learning changes mainly those related to VLE ( Virtual Learning Environment), e-learning or more generally to use of technology in school .
Most of us care about our online privacy either when sending emails, registering to a new account or typing our bank number account. In relation to the latter, I’m dead sure that everytime you type on the ATM, you have this instant idea of ” is it secured” popping up in. So how about the use of technology while learning online. How much controle do we have on it? Is it safe for students and teachers ? Is it something we will have a control on, one day?
In a video by Audrey Watters the answer to the above questions were left open . Whether we like it or not that power in the cloud is data basing each an everything single thing we do, we say, we share and even hide up. The idea of creating a unique algorithm for each individual in the world to customise their online access security is yet not here in my humble opinion and may not happen in the next decade or so.
How much do we know about our online security?
In recent years there were a lot of groups in the US claiming that we are no longer digitally independent / safe. Government also reacted to their citizens’ safeness online. Thus, some of them just banned the use of for instance Facebook, Viber, Whatsapp and even some educational website while others are using it to try to handle people’s security offline and what best example as the Apple and FBI encryption dispute. But again, how many of us know about those online clauses when signing in?
Careless! This is how most of us , digital users, are when using technology. There is like a global trust towards the internet and all the palm devices that come with it. However, I do not want to sound like a paranoid blogger, thinking there is a Digital Power controlling my data and using it to its end.
What learners’ should know?
Education-wise, there are a number of challenging factors to consider when using technology:
- It is global and has an infinite number of knowledgeable content
- It is easier, and quicker tool that gives on sport answers
- It is far more dynamic than coursebooks
- And it is something new!
Online users’ gained perception of technology:
- Users have to accept online digital morals by consenting negligently to a list of clauses, without reading them – and it is the case when I signed to this blog ;O)
- Users are confident on the use of both digital gadgets
- And lastly users never doubted on the effectiveness of online recourses siding data processing
On a education level, most of the above inquiries where asked, however vaguely answered. There is obviously a lack of awareness about this daily gizmo that we use with learners inside the classroom. What is still pending is how the future of online security will help educators to teach with technology?