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Month: January 2023

Supporting Students’ Digital Identities

In all honesty, I’m embarassed to say this but I haven’t really broached the topic of teaching my students’ digital literacy. Partially because I feel like they don’t care what I have to say and secondly I feel like there are ethical implications involved. However, it is something I think teachers should MOST definitely be doing. Hence why I’m ashamed that it hasn’t really crossed my mind to do a unit study on this. I teach English literature too so I feel like I can easily incorportate it into my lessons.

The quote shared in today’s zoom class by Marshall McLuhan:

and then our tools shape us. ā€” The Lighthouse Peddler

reveals the importance of teaching students not be shaped by the demands of social media. There is a lot of pressure for young people now to fit into the expected fabric of online identity creation. As also mentioned today we are living within echo chambers. Students and even young adults are struggling to develop their own perspectives and viewpoints as we/they are bombarded by certain ways of thinking. With the rise of mis-information and fake news too it’s tough to decipher what is real and what is propaganda.

. Definitions: Echo chamber (Film for 11-18 year olds) - YouTube








The most startling point shared in today’s lecture was, computer scientist and tech ethicist, Tristian Harris’ warning of persusive technology. I looked into this a bit more and found this interesting clip where Harris essentially highlights that apps like Twitter, Snapchat, even outlook and emailing funtions on our phone are designed to seduce us and make us dependent on notifications. Hence why I think now it necessary more than ever to teach students about developing their digital footprints and identity (even though I will be debating the negative of this). There is just too much out there that targets young people and I think it is our job as educators to make them aware.

When Dr. Couros shared that the internet can be good because it gives people a voice, but then it can also be bad because it gives EVERYONE a voice. It also reminded me this great mini speech by Sacha Baron Cohen where he discusses the importance of establishing whether all people should have the right to the freedom of reach that Twitter gives. For example imagine Hitler today having access to Twitter šŸ˜­

Today was a great class as lots of eye-opening knowledge was shared.

Chat GPT & AI

My initial reactions to Chat GPT and the overnight boom of AI was intially deep apprehension. I thought this is it the end is near. What will happen to future generations? However, I saw this post about Chat GPT on TikTok and it gives an interesting perspective on how AI and how, if regulated properly, it can take over repetive tasks and actually give us as a soceity more time to be creative and innovative.


ChatGPT + 3D printing will create a new era of expressive home DIYers, architects, mechanics, and designers in ways we havenā€™t seen since the Renaissance. #chatgpt #ai #airevolution #newera #newtechnology #3dprinting

ā™¬ Aesthetic – Gaspar

My fears though are that regulation will be tricky. I also worry that if it becomes an application for profit it will create futher of a disparity between those that have access and those that don’t. I also worry that we will be come overly dependent on it. Today in class Dr. Couros introduced me to a more visual AI tools that I wasn’t aware of! While it seems cool and can offer like one classmate sad VA (visual adaptions) it also creates questions aboutĀ  ethical rights to the privacy of artists. As many of these images are being taken from images all over the web that may or may not be open sourced (open to the public for use).

Here are some of my creations with



This site is INSANE! I created a presentation of the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the stanley cup this year. The results are pretty funny.



I created a similiar prompt with Dall-E2


It’s definitely interesting what is possible with AI right now in the early stages of development. I’m curious to see how it all evolves.