It’s a bit worrying when you think about how much information is on the internet these days. People can go online and find out so much about you using just basic computer skills. Then when you look at all the organisations that are online like banks, government organisations, schools etc., it really becomes an issue. If you have above average computer skills and a password generator, you can get into the personal details about people or in extreme situations, their finances.
Then as the technology has progressed we have program’s such as iCloud which is an online storage program where people can store their personal files, passwords, address books and anything else they like. If someone got into another persons iCloud, they wouldn’t need to hack into bank accounts to get their money, they could simply just copy all the persons passwords or PIN numbers and access the accounts as though they owned them themselves.
Recently, ebay went into lockdown (article link) after it was hacked with the hackers gaining access to members addresses, phone numbers, passwords, personal accounts and other personal information. This will potentially effect any number of ebay’s 145 million users.
It’s kinda scary really, with all our personal information in one place it makes it a lot easier for people to gain access to it. Are we still sure that technology is such a good idea??
Practical experience has been good so far. 1 week down, only 2 to go. I am finding it difficult to find ways to imbed ICT skills into my lessons, especially within HPE. The school I am in does not have an outstanding access to ICT’s. There are computer labs available, but much of the work students are doing on them is for assessment they already have. Most of the assessment pieces that they are working towards at the moment are reflections on learning that they do in the prac lessons which is difficult to apply ICT in as they are outside on an oval, or away from the school altogether.
Mathematics is hard to use ICT’s in the classroom as students don’t have easy access to any technological devices. The only access within the classroom is via the teachers computer which limits the personal exposure for each student. Hopefully I get a few more chances to apply the skills I have leant through this class over the next few weeks.
Well prac has started now, and I am exhausted. Working in up to 4 different workplaces a week is hard enough as it is, but now I am teaching at a school all day as well, it’s just so much harder. I’m putting in a lot of hours across the board starting at school at 8 in the morning, and finishing then working one job after school, then another job until 12am, starting again at 8 the next morning. I am really struggling to fit my uni study I am still expected to do within all of that.
Oh well. In my effort to try to stay engaged with the course I have spent some time looking through some other students blogs. At this time, this blog in particular caught my eye as quite an impressive effort. Makes my blog look a bit ordinary really. Made me really think about the use of other people work and how easily it can be faked online.
Finally I have handed in my assignment. Now I am free…. Kinda. Just have 5 others to complete. The best thing about completing an assignment is being able to close all the tabs i had open for information. My computer feels so much cleaner now.
Came across this game for mathematics. It provides interactive options for students to articulate in. While I don’t feel that these kind of resources can replace education, I do think they are a good resource to have on the side to provide students with a bit of variety every now and then throughout their work.
I am looking forward to prac, but every day that goes by without knowing where I am going is making me more and more nervous. Oh well. Back to work for me.
Well after all of my effort working on my assignment yesterday, I find out that there is a week extension. So now I have a week to try to make it better and worry that what I have isn’t good enough. Oh well. As I was working my way through the study desk resources today I finally came across a gem. This is a great blog if you are a HPE teacher.
One of the things I have found hardest throughout this course is applying this learning to my subject areas of HPE and Mathematics. I always get stuck with how to apply it to my contexts especially when it comes to being outside the classroom for HPE. This particular article shows a few creative ways in which you can use google to make assessment easier for you as a teacher. Ended up being a pretty good read, and not too complicated either.
Well today is the day the assessment is due. It will be an interesting time for some I am sure. I’m steadily plodding my way through mine with only the essay left to do… plus a bit of stuff on study desk, yay. It will be fun…. not… And I have to have it all finished by 3 because i start work from then till 12 which is just great oh well. Im keen, not.
Stumbled across this really interesting student blog. Well worth a read. They make some very interesting points throughout their blog. She has done a great job of setting it all out. Its a very professional effort. Every time I look at these students pieces of work, I feel as though my own effort is a little bit sub par. Just doesn’t look the same. Oh well. Enjoy the assessment rush.
Well, today has been an average day. Beautiful sunshine, but I’m stuck inside doing my Uni assignment. Ive been working my way through more materials on the study desk. There is seriously so much there that I need to cover for everything that I am really losing track of stuff I did before. I decided to resort to google to teach me how to do something in Word, and I learnt more about using ICT in 5 minutes on google, than I have during this entire course. I’m also still wondering how to assign ports on a basic NAT router, but apparently we don’t cover that in ICT either. Crazy isn’t it?
Anyway on a side note, something that did work the way it was meant to. Check this guy out