I am going on a technology adventure will you come with me?

Month: April 2022

Final Reflections

If someone asked me about my EC&I 832 major project and how I have grown they would need to be prepared for a long answer. The easy answer is that I have grown to appreciate and value that DigCit is essential for students to learn in this present day. I can also state that DigCit teaches student how to use technology safely and responsibly. My responses are correct but it does not give you the depth and breath of what DigCit truly is.

What I learned in my major project is that DigCit gathers momentum in schools when you can anchor the learning to something of substance. For me linking DigCit with treaty education in an early learning center was invaluable. Being able to work with other people in a manner that promoted vertical and horizontal evaluation of the learning resources was simply incredible. When you have a community working with you to help promote DigCit in schools, you quickly realize that without their expertise some mistakes would have been made. For example, some treaty education hardcopy and online resources did not meet the standard when reviewed with the Indigenous Advisory Committee. As well, when working with early learning educators and Indigenous community members it was made clear that the use of technology was a difficult topic to discuss.

However through proper discourse we as a community were able to come together to better prepare our students for the present day and future. I want to emphasize that DigCit principles helped ensure that all Indigenous communities are treated in a “Good” and respectful manner. There is a resource that really helped me when bringing treaty education and DigCit together. The document is Starting from the Heart: Going Beyond a Land Acknowledgement. It reaffirmed the steps that I took to get the major project going in the school division. The link is listed below:


Just like was the bowling analogy that Shelly Moore makes regarding UDL. I sincerely believe that DigCit when used correctly can meet all the students in the classroom. For DigCit is simply good practice that reaches all students in the classroom. When that occurs I guarantee you will see the fruits of you labor in the eyes of your students.

What is true and what are the consequences?

The Fake News presentation that Holly, Cymone and Chris was outstanding. I have not stopped thinking about it and had to finally write a blog about it. I really appreciated how they broke down the differences between false information. I have heard a lot about misinformation and disinformation:

Misinformation = Wrong information not intended to cause harm

Disinformation = Fabricated content intended to cause harm

What surprised me was Mal-information and I really had to work at what does that look like. I found a great resource on the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. It refers to Mal-information as “information that stems from the truth but is often exaggerated in a way that misleads and causes potential harm. In the presentation the following definition was used, “True information used against someone for advantage”.

My question is could “trusted” media sources be accused of mal-information? For example by not providing the total story is it possible a media outlet could exaggerate a story while gaining more readership, which then leads to more financial gain for the organization? The presentation in our class simply made me much more alert when looking at media sources. I believe it is absolutely essential that a person is vigilant and checks multiple sources before making a judgment on what they have read. A perfect example is what has happened in society as a result of the pandemic. People have become skeptical of scientific findings. I have a sibling that I discuss current issues with and with her background in the medical field she indicated that we need to be vigilant when it comes to scientific data. She made a good point “don’t just take the scientific data from a pharmaceutical company…. always check it with other sources when possible”.

I thought that last point was interesting. If the source of the information is able to “profit” from the data they are sharing should be be cautious?” I really appreciated the characteristics of an information literate person:

  1. Identify
  2. Find
  3. Evaluate
  4. Apply
  5. Acknowledge

I am just wondering is any source truly neutral? My final point is that I can really appreciate the amount of anxiety that this must cause in our students. On the ISTE website there is a link below to help students know when they need to unplug from technology and help them regain their balance.


What do you think are the best ways as teachers we can model to our students how to strive for balance in an information overload environment?