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Group Assignment: Internet of Things: Integrity (Digital Citizenship)
Hyperlink to Group Wiki: Internet of Things Wiki
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Final Video Hyperlink: Internet of Things: the Evolution of Smart Objects
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1)The Internet of Things refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. Advancements in internet connectivity have allowed for greater access to information from almost any location through the use of smart objects. We live in a society with a desire for immediate satisfaction. The internet has become our first source of news updates, which has lead to the decline of newspaper and magazine sales. The advancement of the Internet of Things has enabled us to receive, provide, and organize information using a system of sensors. Radio-frequency identification, UPC systems, and barcodes help to easily identify and inventory objects in digital files available over the internet. The evolution of smart objects provides instant access to the internet and applications, while using one small hand held device. Smart products serve as computers, GPS directional systems, music storage cabinets, and sources of communication. Our society dictates that what we did not have yesterday, we cannot live without tomorrow.
The effects of the Internet of Things are extremely positive, but as I have noted in my video, progress has costs! It is interesting how such a benefit to society could contribute to identity theft and Cyberbullying. It is essential that all users of these advanced technologies be educated in protecting their identities and assets. Personal information may be obtained faster and more easily than any time in the past. Hackers can retrieve credit card details, and many private files pertaining to one’s life. Children must be protected against cyber advances, and Cyberbullying needs to be eliminated. It is our daily responsibility to improve internet security and defend against any threats from the web, while continuing advancements in the Internet of Things.
2)My wiki team had very few if any strengths, but we were able to complete all necessary requirements because another team member and I acted as the leaders of our group and took responsibility for the project. There was very poor communication amongst our team members which acted as a major weakness. I attempted to contact each member on several occasions and was able to friend all of my team members using the Ning, but this was the sole communication I experienced with the majority of my team. Only one person responded to my messages and assisted me in completing the wiki. This acted as a major obstacle as I did not want to make major changes without approval from other team members. However, as deadlines for wiki requirements approached, I decided to move forward with the project. I completed the majority of the wiki myself, but kept the original information before each change in case someone did not agree with my revisions. I then sent a message – over the Ning and on the discussion forum – to my group members asking them to look over the wiki for final approval, but I still did not receive any responses. As far as I know the members of my group intentionally ignored their own class requirements. My group managed to adequately cite our sources because I was the only one to make any citations using the proper format as indicated by the Project Help Wiki. Unfortunately, I was unable to resolve the spacing problem between my citations at the bottom of my team’s page. I am very satisfied with my Wiki, but it did not come without great effort and time dedication. Due to the lack of initiative by my other group members, I was forced to complete the wiki page myself, but I managed to overcome my problems with persistence.
3A) ElizabethM_SVHSrequested that I create a “15-20 second clip of a screenshot to [my] [F]latclassroom [P]roject [N]ing page, but [I] need[ed] to explain why [I] personalized [my] page for the remaining time”. I was able to clearly understand her directions. First, I had to personalize my Ning page as I had not done so prior to her outsource video request. Then I took a screenshot of my newly designed page, and created a sixteen second video in Movie Maker explaining that I designed my page to provide the people I was working with a better idea of my true personality. The video made it into Elizabeth’s final video because I followed her instructions and provided her with a useful video that helped explain her topic of customization in the Internet of Things. It was used to show the reasoning behind the personalization of smart objects and other resources.
3B)I needed a 15-20 second clip of someone using Facebook to bully someone else. I received my outsource clip from Allies_PPHSon April 23, 2012. I used the outsource clip I was provided, but I needed to edit certain sections of the video and insert my own digital recordings and enhance the effectiveness of the video to my topic on integrity (digital citizenship) of the Internet of Things.
4)My initial idea was to demonstrate how the Internet of Things and the evolution of smart objects have changed people’s lives and how the world functions. I stayed true to my concept because during the video the characters engage in activities that were limited prior to new technological advancements and the internet. Obtaining internet access while being outside riding a bicycle and confirming a price check in a store without employee assistance was not possible prior to the development of the internet and smart products. It is my opinion that the video I created was informative, creative, and concise. Some points were demonstrated visually. Frames with music enforced key issues, and voice over lays described key facts. I demonstrated cyber dangers when I compared how physical attacks differ from cyberbullying. Both are harmful and damaging, but cyberbullying can cause long term psychological damage. My use of wipes and transitions provided a smooth continuity, and my music selection was uplifting without being distracting. My personal critique of this project is that I did an excellent job, considering the tools and time that was available to me to complete the assignment. I encountered endless difficulties because video’s came from different primary sources in different formats and they all needed to be converted to WMV files to function and be compatible. I am satisfied with the audio selection and made adjustments to insure clear and proper sound. Audio could have been improved with the use of an external microphone, but the built in camera microphone seamed sufficient for this project. I gave thought to details including: content, location, verbiage, lighting, sound, and music. I edited the video to be simultaneously informative and entertaining. The use of state of the art HD equipment, or more elaborate filming locations may have enhanced the final visual product, if I was searching for improvement. The video created by ColleenC_AAHS is deserving of recognition because her animations and transitions enhance the visual aspects of her video. She incorporated little text but showed the importance of Game Based Learning and the Internet of Things through visual demonstration rather than explanation. The video created by ElizabethM_SVHSis deserving of recognition because she gave a thorough explanation of Customization and how it relates to the Internet of Things. She included both benefits and issues of Customization and incorporated sound effects as well as narration to enhance her video.