Tag Archives: social media

Privacy: what went down

Since the Facebook privacy scandal news broke, I have been collecting articles from a variety of sources and writers representing different perspectives. As summer draws to a close, and things are somewhat quieter on this front, I decided to share my list of articles. This list is not intended to be a complete listing of “what went down” but provide readers with a broad range of perspectives with the intent of raising awareness to privacy issues. Do your part: be aware, stay current, be as safe as you can.

See how Facebook tracks you online

How Facebook was able to siphon off phone data

Essential student privacy and safety questions

Facebook tracks you after account deletion

Firefox work around for Facebook privacy

Go back to old Facebook

#DeleteFacebook is a thing

Potential snooping with mics

Managing facial recognition

Disabling Facebook’s data collection

Firefox extension improves privacy

Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check Google

Firebox Facebook container

Deleting Facebook Data

Delete Facebook data details

Managing Online Tracking

Scrubbing Facebook Data

How Long to Change Facebook

Snow Job

Deleted videos not deleted

Your online data – what they have on you

Facebook servers and data brokers

Privacy Crisis could change big data forever

Cambridge Analytica’s Targeting Model

Facebook admits to tracking users off site

Data collected on people who did not sign up for Facebook

whistleblower says apps and quizzes like ‘Sex Compass’ gathered data from way more than 87M Facebook users

Facial recognition database being built

Do you really have control over your data?

Just the beginning

What you need to know about big data

Facebook changes – what you need to know

Chief marketing technologist: What Now?

Facebook’s new policies translated to simpler language

Cambridge Analytica shutting down

privacy questions not fully answered

Facebook and spy technology

Tracking mouse movements – what Facebook knows

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News: what is fake and what is real?

Online privacy course ready for BC schools

~Mark

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WRDSB SSPD Resources

Today’s post shares the resources from the “Ready to Get Social” session I presented with  Mary Hingley  at the WRDSB SSPD session.

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Resources for OASBO PIM course

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Rozanski Hall – personal photo

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~Mark

Beyond the Wall

This week I came across an article about “hitting the wall” with social media (via social meda 🙂).   I thought it was a good read,  and it was certainly easy for me to relate this to many conversations  I have had about the  OSSEMOOC  project.

Getting to the wall seems to be an all too familiar story, the “too” problem – takes too much time,  too few characters, too many choices, too much online time, too hard to organize, too … well, you get the picture.

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Yet,  when people stick at it and get beyond these questions and concerns by finding connections, relevance and meaning, they don’t go back.  Learn to channel information,  improve meaning or context, contribute and balance time & work flow in new and more powerful ways.

There are some nice tips about setting realistic goals and pacing yourself. You can read the full article at  social media today.  Why not apply some of these tips to the  30 day program at OSSEMOOC (see sidebar).

Make your “wall experience” a journey,

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a personal journey!!!

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Perhaps you will find that your journey will have this result!

~Mark

30 days of THINK!

Think,  pause,  and think again.

Would you like a chance to role model your online skills and actions?  Do your online actions reflect kindness, respect and support?

The 30 days of THINK! may be just the activity for you and/or your class.  Check  www.preventingcrime.ca/THINK  for more details.

30 days of think

~Mark

WBE workshop session resources

Thank you to those participants who attended my workshop presentations today. As promised, I am sharing the resources:

Conference Twitter feed  #wbecon14

Enjoy a free,  connected, self directed, professional learning experience through  OSSEMOOC  (blog) and/or connect to the OSSEMOOC  Twitter feed.

Additional resources are listed at the end of the slide deck.  Stay connected and continue to  share your learning.

~Mark

Social Media as a Writing Tool

The other day I happened to catch a segment of The Current CBC broadcast as I was driving between school appointments. The topic was big data based the book Dataclysm, which certainly captivated my interest for a variety of reasons.

Dataclysm book cover

              Image from Amazon.com

I happened to tune in just at the moment the discussion was focused on analyzing data written in social media, Twitter in this case.   While many view social media communications as somewhat inane,  an in depth analysis reveals some interesting facts.

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  • writing tends to be more sophisticated
  • word length is 20% longer
  • lexical density ,  the proportion  of meaning carrying words, is  higher than in many other forms of writing (email, magazines etc.  – perhaps opposite to what you would think)
  • with a limitation on the number of characters per message or post, 140 in this case,  people learn to improve word choices
  • in turn,  this improves editing skills

In the interview,  Christian commented that this type of analysis can and has been repeated.   This is not an isolated ‘one time’ look at this area.

When one considers the writing benefits summarized here,  I believe there is a strong case to incorporate  the social media writing medium in the school system.   Of course there are natural connections to digital citizenship, engagement, real world audiences etc.

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As a classroom educator,  if you are already doing this, keep going!  If not,  consider giving it a try with an age appropriate system, a collaborative document with simulated limits  or even  offline.

Related Resources

Listen to the  CBC Podcast  with Christian Rudder on Dataclysm

Book:  Dataclysm  by Christian Rudder

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~Mark