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Group Project: Best 2 resources from each module

1. Introductions: - "The CRAP Test for Evaluating Website" +

This article comes from the "Find It" course media resources for module 1. It educates users on how to do quality and responsible searches that provide information from credible sources. Internet users need to be educated on how to determine and decipher between credible internet sources and those that just provide random information or opinion. I chose this resource because I think it's getting harder and harder to decipher between "real" information and information that is just opinion or "hear-say". - "Evaluating Internet Resources"

This article also comes from the class media resources under the "Find It" section. This article gives guidelines to walk individuals through a process that will help to determine if the information from internet searches is valid or not. I chose this resource because I like that it provides a process to follow for finding credible sources. If one follows this process, then the results from each search will provide better quality information.

2. Privacy and Freedom of Speech: - "Privacy in America: Computers, Phones & Privacy" +

This resource comes from the "Privacy and Personal Information" discussion. It was posted by Fantazya Kemnitz. This article talks about the access that government has to our personal information, either through phones, computers, or social media. Fantazya posed some interesting questions about how much access government should have to our private information. How much is too much? - "Supplementing Passwords"

This resource was posted in the "Privacy and Freedom of Speech Keywords" discussion. It was posted by Abigail Proffitt. It presents information on 2-factor authentication and how it's more secure to protect personal information. I chose this resource because it comes from the U.S Dept. of Homeland Security which I believe to be a very credible source for protecting information.

3. Intellectual Property: - "How the internet is transforming the art world"

This article was posted by Yezen Zaza in the "Art and Computers" discussion. This resource talks about the different controversial issues that surround art on the internet. I chose this article because it presents some good information about how much power an artist should have over their own art and if that can be regulated once it gets into the hands of others. - "How to fight lies, tricks, and chaos online" +

This resource comes from the class media resources and was used multiple times in "Learning Literacies - Use it". Many students used this resource to identify that the internet is a maze when it comes to deciphering truth, fake "news", and outright lies. The truth is getting more and more muffled when it come to "real" information on the internet and it's harder and harder to know the truth from the lies.

4. Crime:

"Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it " +

This article comes from the discussion "Computers and Crime". It was posted by Marcin Ossowski. It's an article about how companies go to great lengths to protect personal information, but it's always possible for hackers to find their way into a database. Even the most secure of firewalls aren't secure. I chose this resource to show the risks that are always taken when storing our private information in cyberspace. - "Planned Obsolescence" (Podcast)

This is a podcast and comes from the "Risks Forum" discussion. It was posted by Yohann Tolentino. The podcast talks about how the consumer market is fueled by products that expire at a certain rate. Companies are designing products that constantly change, update, and transform; making it very hard to stay current with technology. I chose this article because it's a reality in our world now to buy something and have it be "out-of-date" within a year. This drives consumer habits and requires companies to be constantly transforming.

5. Employment, Education, and Entertainment: - "Teach Engineering" Website +

This is a resource that I posted to the "K-8 Engineering" discussion. This is a massive topic in current education. This is definitely the way that education is heading and students are being prepared for jobs that don't exist yet. There will be so many advances in the future that it's essential that STEM subjects are not front and center in education. I chose this resource because it helps teachers with prepared lessons for teaching STEM curriculum. - "Dyslexia Simulation"

I found this to be a GREAT resource. This site came from our class discussions/assignments and required us to look at a Dyslexia simulation. We were able to get a glimpse into the world of dyslexia. I chose this resource because it's a great way to help mainstream students understand the challenges that others go through when pursuing education. It helps individuals to get a different look/perspecitve at what we may take for granted.

6. Midterm - Grand Challenges: - "NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering" Website +

This resource came from the discussion on "Grand Challenges for Engineering". I posted this resource. These challenges were listed on and we were all required to list a few that interested us. I chose this resource because I have a strong interest in education and the future of technology in education. - "Provide Access to Clean Water"

Many of the students showed an interest in the engineering challenges of providing clean drinking water. This site gives a great break down of where we stand on this issue, how it works, and what different technologies are being created to resolve the issue.

7. Evaluating and Controlling Technology:

Both of these podcasts stirred up a lot of emotions and created a lot of discussion among the students. Many shared opinions, agreements, and disagreements when commenting on students' posts. These were both really great resources for discussion and presented a lot of good information. - "The Tech Worker Resistance"

The Tech Worker Resistance. This was one of two podcasts assigned to us to listen to and discuss. This podcast discussed the strike by Uber drivers and the demand for better wages and conditions for contracted workers. They are fighting against corporations "taking advantage" of them and not giving them what they want. - "Tech's Moral Void" +

Tech's Moral Void. This is the second podcast and discussed the ethics and morals of giant technology companies. Two points that stood out to me in this podcast were 1) Consumer/behavior tracking and 2) Internet users not really having any control over who or what has access to their personal information.

8. Risks, Failures, and Responsibilities: - "Computer-related injuries" +

This was a great resource posted by Jaymen Luther in "Health Impacts of Computer Use". This resource gives a list of computer-related injuries. I chose this resource because I think computer-related injuries are growing in number. It's hard to know what injuries computer-use may cause because the injuries take a long time to appear, but this list gets people thinking about the possible health risks related to computer-use. - "Blocky Games: Games for tomorrow's programmers"

This was a really great resource that I found and posted in the discussion "Learn to Code". It's a game that teaches the user to give specific instructions and clear communication when executing a program. I chose this because it's a game that kids would find fun and train them to code without them even knowing. After this game, if they were to switch to a coding program, they would already know how to give step-by-step instructions within a program.

9. Anytime, Anywhere: - "Beginners Guide to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)" +

This was a site that was posted on the "Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)" discussion page. This site was posted by multiple students and is a very basic introduction to what MOOCs are and how they work. I chose this because it gives a clear picture of what MOOCs entail.

The assignment given for the "Social Innovation" discussion required students to look for a TED talk about something they were interested in. The website: is a great resource for general information, as well as listening to/looking for speakers that present on topics that interest different individuals. - "Teach teachers how to create magic"

I found this TED talk to be a great resource for me personally. I chose this resource, that was posted by Zachary FitzGerald in the "Social Innovation" discussion, because I'm a teacher and I'm always looking for more ways to engage my students.

10. Technology Advances, Social Trends: - "Tech must be treated like tobacco says Facebook whistleblower"

This is a great resource posted by Faith Gibson in the "Future of Computers" discussion. I chose this article because it presents the lack of ethical codes that are in place for tech companies and presents the idea that things are starting to get out of hand. - "Education And The Future of Technology" +

This was a great resource for learning where we've come from and where we're headed pertaining to technology. This video came from the class resources that were assigned to us for the "Future Considerations" discussion. Although this video is out of date, I chose it because it really puts into perspective where we are in the world and where we're headed. It shows how the world has changed, is changing, and will continue to change at a fast pace. I wish the information/statistics were more current, but this is still a great resource for showing the part technology plays in our world.