Our Schools, Our Selves

Our Schools, Our Selves is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 4, Summer

A Goldfish Bowl as Natural Habitat? Examining the Blurring Boundaries in the Lives of Generation @
"The future holds for us a corporate man who will accept the goldfish bowl as a natural habitat - having recognized that electronic espionage has already become an art form." (McLuhan, Powers. 1989. p.114)As a youth, I used to spend the summer with my...
Branding the University: Is That Where We're @ ?
From: Bob Stanwick, Vice President, Inwood Branding ConsultantsTo: Jessica Lupin, Director of Communications, University of BarrieRe: @ctivating the university brandIn line with our earlier discussions, you will find below a summary of our recent focus...
Bullying in the Digital Age: Using Technology to Harass Students and Teachers
Technology's dual natureAbout a decade ago, under the direction of Marita Moll and Heather-jane Robertson, the Canadian Teachers' Federation probed into the educational implications of new information and communications technology (ICT). In the context...
Canadian Curriculum Spaces for Issues of Online Privacy
Internet connectivity and the technologies that it supports have become a pervasive part of many aspects of life. The power of these tools have brought a multitude of possibilities but also some serious issues. One of these issues relates to privacy....
Changing Technology Changes Society: How the Amplification of Peer Pressure Challenges the Rule of Law
One of the tendencies I've observed since going online in the early nineties has been the general support and sympathy towards libertarianism, and the conception of cyberspace as a lawless frontier. It seems no matter how many court cases and enacted...
Coming for the Kids: Big Brother and the Pied Pipers of Surveillance
We were asked to write this article after giving a talk to privacy advocates in Canada in which we noted the widespread deployment of biometric identification systems - fingerprinting - in British schools.1 This practice, we suggested, is but one feature...
Coming to a Jurisdiction near You
STATEWATCH NEWS ONLINE JULY 2006EU States Will Be Free to Fingerprint Children From Day One of Their Life as Soon as it is Technologically Possiblescanning of fingerprints: up to 12 years of age., if provided for by national legislation... from 12 years...
Embrace Your Outer Cabbage
I can think of nothing more disturbing than teaching at a university where almost one-third of professors are considered hot. That's right: of the 3,008 University of Toronto professors assessed on RateMyProfessor.com (RMP), fully 809 of them have received...
Facebook: Beyond Friends
Why CIPPIC lodged a privacy complaint to the Privacy Commissioner of CanadaThere appear to be no strangers on Facebook. Every relationship that Facebook facilitates is purportedly based on a "real life" connection (Kirkpatrick, 2006). Facebook users...
Footprints, Fingerprints and Full Body Scans; Leaving Our Tracks in an Electronic World
It was Saturday morning and a brief stop at a local garage sale had netted an artist's portfolio case for one dollar. The case, it turned out, contained remnants from a children's art exhibit held a decade ago. The drawings on citizenship and belonging...
Internet Social Networking in Young Women's Everyday Lives: Some Insights from Focus Groups 1
Facebook - it just takes over your life!I know, you become like such a stalker...you always have to see what's going on with everybody else's lives...it's horrible...you can't stop!For the past few years youth have been avid users and participants in...
Playing Games: Creating the Neo-Liberal Person?
The compelling attention to digital games that consumes so many is foreign to me. I feel as separate from that world as I do from any of the myriad of human cultures that I know by little more than their names. Yet I know that digital games have become...
Renegotiating School Boundaries in the Age of Social Networking
Not a day goes by without a news story about the consequences of putting something online that would have, in the past, been private. The world of online social networking has developed so rapidly that conventions and boundaries have not evolved quickly...
Speaker of the House
When these cameras don't like what they see, they let you know about it.Alicia Robinson likes to keep an eye on her kids. When the youngsters romp in the grassy courtyard of the Faircliff Plaza West apartments in Columbia Heights, she prefers that they...
Surveillance 2.0: The "Information Panopticon" and Education
Naomi Klein, in a recent issue of Rolling Stone, describes the new surveillance technologies being developed in both the U.S. and China (the world's biggest potential customers, as well as developers) as "Surveillance 2.0" (Klein, 2008).Klein describes...
Technology & Education Roundup
That failed test is for lifeStudents aged 14 to 19, attending schools in the UK, are going to have their school records permanently placed on a database that prospective employers can check out. The record will include personal details and exam results...
Techno-Tonomy; Writing Resources and Contextualizing Learning for Youth
The Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre's (ACLRC) mission is to promote awareness among Albertans about civil liberties and human rights through research and education. A main focus is writing educational resources for youth on a variety of human...
The New Online Omnivores
We teachers must adapt to our wireless studentsI really need to get out more.For the first time in a long time, I recently drove clear across Vancouver. I was on my way to attend Northern Voice 2008, a bloggers' conference held at the University of British...
Using Web 2.0 for Education Programs on Global Citizenship: Addressing Moral and Ethical Issues
When students are asked what Internet-related subjects they would like to learn about in school, the top choice for 68% is "How to tell if information you find on the Net is true or not". (Young Canadians in a Wired World Survey, Media Awareness Network,...