A while back, I had written about a new add-on to Firefox. It was an extension called Collusion that let you see the extent of your connections left by cookies as you visit websites.
I visited the disconnect.me website today and watched a very interesting video.
I think it would be a wonderful movie to show in the classroom and talk about the entire message it contains.
It really made me think about tracking and its implications. The disconnect.me website has a series of tools to help you disconnect websites that would try to track you and not just from their home site.
- Facebook disconnect
- Twitter disconnect
- Google disconnect
- disconnect a la carte
There is also now a version of Collusion available for Google Chrome.
The above selection of tools is available at this page.
It sounds like a good deal. It addresses the issues from the talk at Defcon. I’ve actually had the disconnect a la carte installed on my computer for a while now. It seems like a good idea.
But, not necessarily.
The moment that I turn the blocker on, some things stopped working. For example, it was blocking Google cookies and all of a sudden, I’m unable to log into Gmail or Google Plus. It was either turn that option off or stop using the services. Since both are regulars for me, I turned it off.
It was a good think about tracking and blocking. When you block things, the price that you pay may be loss of access to your services. Sometimes, services like these have a whitelist which allows for cookies on a particular site but not others. In other words, it’s OK to give me cookies from X and not from Y. That doesn’t appear to be the case here.
So, is the price that one pays to use the internet? It would be nice to be completely on your own terms but that’s not possible. I guess the only completely safe way is to just leave the computer off.
The thinking continues.
Why You Shouldn’t Just Look at Your Facebook Privacy Settings | facecrooks.com
Have you ever seen status updates from your friends, notifying you of where they were, what music they just listened to, and what article they just read? Moreover, are you one of those people who are unknowingly posting this information?
The Internet of Yesterday vs. Today [infographic]
So here’s a pretty cool infographic comparing the internet of now to when it was first invented.
Choosing to Participate poster exhibit | Teaching Tolerance
The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and Facing History and Ourselves are delighted to partner with Teaching Tolerance to present the Choosing to Participate poster exhibit. With a message of respect, inclusion, and civic engagement, Choosing to Participate aims to help build a more global society—and a safer world, and best of all, the set of 11 posters is FREE to the first 10,000 educators who order.
Infographic: 12 things to do after you write a blog post | Articles
Some suggestions are well-known—insert keywords—but others are less obvious, like post a comment with your URL on another blog to answer someone’s question.
The Daily Nightly – At one school district, the motto is BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology
BYOT programs — like the one at Georgia’s Coal Mountain Elementary School — encourage students to bring in their own personal mobile technology — including iPads, Kindle Fires, netbooks — even gaming devices — to use during class.
How Social and Mobile is the New iGeneration? | Jeffbullas’s Blog
So if you want to see what will be influencing tomorrow’s leaders, you need to look at what the college students of today are using to engage with brands, the devices they are using to communicate and the social networks they think are important.
TeachPaperless: Open, Collaborative Test
I was inspired by Shelly’s final exam to try my own version of a collaborative, open internet test. The background for this is that students worked in groups of 3 on one of five topics related to the Cold War: Germany, China, Korea, Vietnam, and the arms and space race.
David Brooks Confuses MOOCs with Online Learning | Inside Higher Ed
Educational technology is hot (finally!). Thanks to edX and Udacity and Khan Academy and Coursera and the Stanford AI course our world is getting lots of attention. Lots of people have lots of opinions about the growth of the massively open online course (MOOC), but as with most things a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
Edmodo: Instant Blend, Quick Flip, Easy BYOD | Getting Smart by %author_name% | %tag%
Edmodo makes bring-your-own-device and flipped classroom a snap. For whole school planning, Greg shared a great self-review tool for making the shift to 1-to-1.
Edmodo is a portfolio company of Learn Capital where Tom is a partner
Key Influencers to Make eLearning Effective | Custom Training and eLearning Blog
eLearning as a training option is more interactive and learner-centric today – more like a virtual guide or mentor acting as a facilitator in the learning process. The focus is not just on knowledge sharing but more on knowledge assimilation and application.
Creating Assignments That Work for Digital Learning Environments — THE Journal
Teachers who spend time actually thinking through assignments that align with the learning outcomes of a course are the most effective at assessing the learning that has taken place.
How to Master Ubuntu’s Unity Desktop: 8 Things You Need to Know – How-To Geek
buntu’s Unity desktop is a change of pace, whether you’re coming from Windows or another Linux distribution with a more traditional interface. Unity has its own way of doing things, including powerful keyboard shortcuts.
BBC News – Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth on shaking up system software
Free of charge, free of viruses and designed to outpace its rivals on low-end systems – Ubuntu has some obvious advantages.
The Wrong Way To Connect On Twitter…and The Right Way.
Using Twitter to connect with others is one of the keys to success. But many people are very immature in how they try to connect.
Using Twitter Data to Map Emotions Geographically | Dan Zarrella
By combining the linguistic analysis systems of TweetPsych with Twitter’s geo tagging data (which isn’t great yet) and the Google Maps API, I was able to plot tweets on specific latitude and longitude codes based on their emotional content.
What’s America’s Most Engaging Social Network? You’ll Be Surprised
Try to guess America’s most engaging social network. Facebook? Wrong. Twitter? Wrong. Pinterest? Wrong again. According to comScore‘s most recent social networking data, from the month of March, the San Francisco based site Tagged engages users like no other service. It was the only site to finish in the top two in both of comScore’s engagement metrics.
DEFCON 19: Tracking the Trackers: How Our Browsing History Is Leaking into the Cloud – YouTube
DEFCON 19: Tracking the Trackers: How Our Browsing History Is Leaking into the Cloud
Adding the Ken Burns effect to photo slide shows created on the iPad | iGo With My iPad
With the Universal app Slideshow Builder, we can add the Ken Burns effects to photos in a slide show we can distribute through the cloud.
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