Credit Card Signatures "Going Extinct"

For as long as I can remember using a credit card, I can remember having to sign my signature once the card was processed to ‘verify my identity’. Of course, this was a tedious task that sometimes annoyed me as it never seemed purposeful, but I always just did it because I had to.

 

Would you pay to use social media?

I was motivated to start this discussion after learning about the concept of network externalities in an Economics of Entrepreneurship class I am currently taking. The coursework has stated that “the more people that consume a good, the more each is willing to pay to acquire the good”. This is after an implication was stated that said to “offer very cheap access to create a market”.  This made me think about some of the Network Markets that many of us are constantly a part of: telephones, software, and social networking sites.

Should Social Media Sites Be Regulated?

Social Media sites are becoming more and more ingrained in contemporary culture and life. Users have come to expect Silicon-Valley giants to protect their privacy and keep their platforms secure. Given the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, users have seen that Tech-giants like Facebook have failed to live up to users expectations. Facebook has "Privacy Principles" one of which is that "You own the information you share on Facebook. This means you decide what you share and who you share it with on Facebook, and you can change your mind.

Did your high school have a 3D printer?

Yes
56% (5 votes)
No
44% (4 votes)
Total votes: 9

Educators have taken notice of how 3D printers are transforming engineering across a multitude of consumer markets. Thus, administrators and educational experts have been looking to include them within their curriculums. Companies such as Markerbot have developed software to provide lesson plans using this new technology. MakerBot’s “Thingiverse Education” is a platform with hundreds of lesson plans for classroom implementation. This allows for students to engage in real world project-based learning. 

"Gamification" (Game Based Learning)

Student engagement has been an issue throughout the country and especially in the state of Michigan over the years. Studies conducted by Gallup have noted that only 55% of all US K-12 students are “engaged”, 28% are “not engaged,” and 17% are “actively disengaged” while taking part in classroom activities. Furthermore, many forms of instruction have led to the current feelings of disinterest from students. That being said, may people believe that one form of instruction in particular is causing the largest effect: technology.

March for Our Lives

With the March for Our Lives rally taking place not only in Washington D.C, but also all over the country this past weekend, I felt it would be a good idea to look at the impacts that Technology has had in the aftermath of the Parkland Shooting. Millennials are using social media as a tool to get the message out there. Hundreds of Facebook events were created to organize sister marches all over the country. This is something that has really not taken place until now and really shows the power of social media. 

Facebook's Story: Part II

Last week, Brian created an interesting discussion about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica fiasco, in which the data analysis firm improperly accessed the personal information of about 50 million Facebook users. Most consumers were extremely upset about these findings, however; other producers have actually benefited from this news.

Michigan's "Marshall Plan for Talent"

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Michigan’s “Marshall Plan for Talent” is a reform authored by Michigan Governor Rick Synder to change the State of Michigan’s education program to prepare the next generation for jobs in technology. The plan costs $100 million and occurs over a period of 5 years. The main aspiration of Governor Synder is to provide a national template for the incorporation of new technological education into high schools.

Do you think there should...

Yes
50% (4 votes)
No
50% (4 votes)
Total votes: 8
Do you think there should be more lenient rules surrounding phones in high schools? Please elaborate on your choice in the comments below.

Credit Card Signatures "Going Extinct"

For as long as I can remember using a credit card, I can remember having to sign my signature once the card was processed to ‘verify my identity’. Of course, this was a tedious task that sometimes annoyed me as it never seemed purposeful, but I always just did it because I had to.

 

Would you pay to use social media?

I was motivated to start this discussion after learning about the concept of network externalities in an Economics of Entrepreneurship class I am currently taking. The coursework has stated that “the more people that consume a good, the more each is willing to pay to acquire the good”. This is after an implication was stated that said to “offer very cheap access to create a market”.  This made me think about some of the Network Markets that many of us are constantly a part of: telephones, software, and social networking sites.

Should Social Media Sites Be Regulated?

Social Media sites are becoming more and more ingrained in contemporary culture and life. Users have come to expect Silicon-Valley giants to protect their privacy and keep their platforms secure. Given the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, users have seen that Tech-giants like Facebook have failed to live up to users expectations. Facebook has "Privacy Principles" one of which is that "You own the information you share on Facebook. This means you decide what you share and who you share it with on Facebook, and you can change your mind.

"Gamification" (Game Based Learning)

Student engagement has been an issue throughout the country and especially in the state of Michigan over the years. Studies conducted by Gallup have noted that only 55% of all US K-12 students are “engaged”, 28% are “not engaged,” and 17% are “actively disengaged” while taking part in classroom activities. Furthermore, many forms of instruction have led to the current feelings of disinterest from students. That being said, may people believe that one form of instruction in particular is causing the largest effect: technology.

March for Our Lives

With the March for Our Lives rally taking place not only in Washington D.C, but also all over the country this past weekend, I felt it would be a good idea to look at the impacts that Technology has had in the aftermath of the Parkland Shooting. Millennials are using social media as a tool to get the message out there. Hundreds of Facebook events were created to organize sister marches all over the country. This is something that has really not taken place until now and really shows the power of social media. 

Facebook's Story: Part II

Last week, Brian created an interesting discussion about Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica fiasco, in which the data analysis firm improperly accessed the personal information of about 50 million Facebook users. Most consumers were extremely upset about these findings, however; other producers have actually benefited from this news.

Michigan's "Marshall Plan for Talent"

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Michigan’s “Marshall Plan for Talent” is a reform authored by Michigan Governor Rick Synder to change the State of Michigan’s education program to prepare the next generation for jobs in technology. The plan costs $100 million and occurs over a period of 5 years. The main aspiration of Governor Synder is to provide a national template for the incorporation of new technological education into high schools.

Disconnect to Reconnect: Creating Tech-Free Zones on Campus

Disconnect to Reconnect: Creating Tech-Free Zones on Campus

Do any of you remember a time before technology? How often do you text or use your cell phone? What is the longest period of time you have been technology-free? By this, I mean away from your cell phone and not checking any social media or going online.

I propose that the UM offer tech-free zones throughout campus (and not just in the library). What do you all think?

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Did your high school have a 3D printer?

Yes
56% (5 votes)
No
44% (4 votes)
Total votes: 9

Educators have taken notice of how 3D printers are transforming engineering across a multitude of consumer markets. Thus, administrators and educational experts have been looking to include them within their curriculums. Companies such as Markerbot have developed software to provide lesson plans using this new technology. MakerBot’s “Thingiverse Education” is a platform with hundreds of lesson plans for classroom implementation. This allows for students to engage in real world project-based learning. 

Do you think there should...

Yes
50% (4 votes)
No
50% (4 votes)
Total votes: 8
Do you think there should be more lenient rules surrounding phones in high schools? Please elaborate on your choice in the comments below.

Do you enjoy using Canvas...

Yes, Canvas is great and could be great for all grades
54% (7 votes)
Yes, Canvas is great but I don't think it would work well before college
38% (5 votes)
No I don't like Canvas, but perhaps it could work before college
8% (1 vote)
No I don't like Canvas and don't think it could work in grades K-12
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 13
Do you enjoy using Canvas for schoolwork? Do you think that a system like Canvas would be beneficial in K-12 schools? Please elaborate on your responses in the comments below

In order to stay focused, have you ever used an application on your mobile device or laptop that restricts, or even blocks you from using certain websites such as social media websites? If yes, please comment on the effects it had on your productivity.

Yes
38% (3 votes)
No
63% (5 votes)
Total votes: 8

A survey conducted by "Stop Procrastinating" showed that 36% of people lose and hour or more of productivity a day being distracted by social media. However, there are many internet restrictive apps that students could easily install on any devise. Just to highlight a few: "Freedom" lets users set a time they want to be blocked from the internet for up to 8 hours. "Self Control" allows you to block specific websites for a set amount of time.

Should sites like Facebook...

Other (comment your suggestion)
5% (1 vote)
Social media shouldn't have a minimum age
5% (1 vote)
Let Parents enforce this
47% (9 votes)
No
11% (2 votes)
Yes
32% (6 votes)
Total votes: 19
Should sites like Facebook do more to prevent underage children from joining their sites? https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/08/the-social-media-invisibles/497729/

Should schools monitor...

Law enforcement should be doing the monitoring
7% (1 vote)
Other (comment with your solution)
13% (2 votes)
Yes, but only with student and faculty consent
33% (5 votes)
Yes, but only use Metadata
7% (1 vote)
No
40% (6 votes)
Yes
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 15
Should schools monitor student and faculty social media accounts? Credit to Adriana Hassan for creating a discussion post on this topic.

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