Category: digitaldiscipline

  • Media Consumption Boundaries

    What boundaries do you have for media consumption in your life? We’ve heard a lot about “screen time” in the past few years, as both Apple and Google / Android have added built-in tools for tracking screentime. But what comprises your “media consumption” or “media diet” within your weekly screentime? The channels you watch and…

  • Deep Work and the Race to Minecraft

    Last Thursday was the last day of our second trimester at school, and therefore the end of my second opportunity in 2019-20 to teach Digital and Media Literacy to 5th and 6th Graders. As classroom teachers, one of the things we quickly learn is how different the dynamics of separate classes can be based on…

  • The Tyranny of Current Events

    A few weeks ago, I shared and led a lesson at our church which included discussion about the famous Apollo 8 mission to the moon in December 1968. Apollo 8 was: the first crewed spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit and the first to reach the Moon, orbit it, and return. Its three-astronaut crew—Frank Borman,…

  • Make Balance and Intentionality Your Screentime Education Goal

    A lot of adults are very upset there are so many digital screens in so many places today, especially in the hands of teenagers and pre-teens. This frustration and anxiety can manifest itself in multiple ways. In this post, I want to advocate for the idea that our frustration with screens and “screentime challenges” should…

  • The Cognitive Cost of Carbon Copy Email

    If you haven’t noticed, we have a major email overload problem in our lives and society. There are many reasons for email overload, and there is not a single solution, but one way we can address some of the underlying issues is to reflect on what I’ll term “the cognitive cost of carbon copy email.”…

  • Student Voice, YouTube, & Digital Citizenship: Rachel Fryer on the TEDx Stage

    TEDxWallerMiddleSchool was one of only 22 TEDxYouth events hosted worldwide in 2016, and the only TEDxYouth event held to date in Oklahoma. This was the second time students and educators at Waller Middle School in Enid have hosted a TEDx event. Last year all the speakers were local, but this year a few outside speakers…

  • Book Review: Spam Nation by Brian Krebs

    “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door” by Brian Krebs (@briankrebs) is an eye opening dive into the world of Internet spam, pharmaceutical drugs sold online, cyberattacks, malware, the dark web, and corruption within the Russian justice system. It should be required reading (or listening) for anyone working…

  • An Invitation for You: Fall 2016 School Digital Citizenship Survey

    Faculty, administrators and staff at Casady School in Oklahoma City are interested in learning about your school’s approach to digital citizenship. We have formed a digital citizenship team with a mission to “equip & encourage students, parents, and faculty to act as responsible digital citizens.” This includes topics relating to Internet safety, responsible social media…

  • How Much Minecraft is Too Much Minecraft?

    Do you have kids at home who love to play Minecraft? Our (now) 12 year daughter definitely fits into that category. This past summer we paid for her to participate in Connected Camps’ “Summer of Minecraft,” and Rachel really enjoyed it. Last night we recorded a 20 minute podcast, in which she reflected on her camp…

  • Too Overwhelmed & Guilty to Blog Much

    Yikes. I’m absolutely loving my new job as a school technology director this year, but I’ve been so overwhelmed and behind on multiple outside commitments (as well as work emails) that I haven’t been blogging much. This year I’ve stepped down from two significant volunteer positions as an elder for our church (a 3 year…