1. Are you familiar with these common online terms? Try to define or explain them with your partner(s).
- Noob (n)
- To DM (verb, but also a noun)
- To bump (v)
- To troll (v)
- To lurk (v) a lurker (n)
- NSFW (acronym)
- TL; DR (acronym)
2. Do you feel the pressure to be on top of your game when it comes to technology?
Pre-COVID, I felt that I just needed to be a good teacher. Now, I feel that, without decent tech skills, my teaching skills would not be appreciated.
Do you feel the same pressure to be tech-savvy?
3. Technology is developing constantly and rapidly.
Are you concerned about falling behind as the years go by?
Do you try to keep up with the latest trends (e.g. Tiktok, Clubhouse)?
4. Gamification (turning all learning into a 'game') is popular in teaching these days (think of kahoot, amongst others).
Do you think this has any drawbacks?
5. Many children and teenagers these days are obsessed with gaming.
Is there any educational value or can people acquire transferable skills in playing video games?
6. Tech tools are a must for online teachers.
What 3 resources (websites, tools, channels) do you swear by for your job?
7. Some people say that our devices are listening to us and feeding us advertising based on the private conversations we have offline.
Do you think this is true or does it reek of conspiracy theory?
8. Has your computer ever been hacked, cards cloned or the like?
Do you worry about digital security breaches (e.g. compromised passwords, identity theft)?
9. Some people are deeply concerned about this new trend called 'deep fakes'. (see video for an explanation and example)
Why do you think people are concerned?
10. In the early 00s, when video cameras weren't as popular as they are today, catfishing was extremely common. Do you think it is possible to still get catfished in 2021 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catfishing
11. Have you ever accessed the dark web?
Do you think people who use it ever have 'healthy' motives?
12. Digital detox retreats are all the rage in North America (you go to a natural spot, hand in all your devices for two weeks, and live at one with nature and the people in your group).
How do you think you would cope? Would something like this interest you?