Learning Curves

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As I work on my digital assignment, I found my old fear of exposure rearing it’s ugly head. I am a private person by nature and putting myself online is not an easy or comfortable thing for me to do.

The last few years, I have been put in the position of having to guard my online presence even more diligently than my already self-protective nature would want.

In our forum there was some discussion of the pitfalls of Digital Storytelling. Some thought there might be too much focus on the superficial aspects of using technology, some thought the overuse of these technologies made students narcissistic and less focused. All are still looking for answers to the new questions of use and overuse of technology in and out of the classroom.

I have been online now for 26 years. I have been a podcast listener and You-Tuber for years. I know and love most technology. I teach digital photography and encourage my students to use all forms of social media in class and out. I use it to connect with my students and family far away. The technology and possibilities excite and encourage me to use them to learn, create my photography, hear stories and connect with the people I love… but when it comes to my personal life my rule has always been less is more.

Personal privacy issues are important factors to address. In a 2013 “Survey of Canadians on Privacy Related Issues” found that: ‘Internet users expressed mixed levels of concern about posting a range of information online. The majority are very concerned about posting information about their location (55%) and contact information (51%). This is followed by concern about posting personal photos or videos (48%) and information about social activities (41%). Canadians appear to be least concerned about posting their personal opinions about people, issues and things (32%).’https://www.priv.gc.ca/information/por-rop/2013/por_2013_01_e.pdf

This is another layer to add to the cake of questions we all have.

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