Professor Bear and Blue Rabbit Talk About Plagiarism

In this video, Professor Bear checks in with her student Blue Rabbit to see how his essay is coming along. As their discussion progresses, they are both in for a big surprise! Professor Bear discovers that Blue Rabbit is not familiar with plagiarism and citing other authors. On the other hand, Blue Rabbit is shocked to find out that he cannot turn in another author’s work for credit. The two creatures have a great discussion about how to cite and the three types of plagiarism: cheating, non-attribution and patchwriting. As a result of their conversation, Blue Rabbit is given the tips and resources he needs to succeed in quoting and citing other works.

This assignment was a great reminder in the severity of plagiarism. Not only is it cheating, it is stealing! Additionally, this was the first time that I was able to understand what the term self-plagiarism meant. Previous teachers had mentioned not to use previous work in a new class, but the explanation provided in our APA manuals provided more insight into this topic. I learned that it doesn’t mean you can’t use things from previous self-works, but rather you must cite yourself and mention that you are doing so!

The act of taking another author’s writing and claiming it as your own could bring about grave consequences: a failing grade on an assignment, suspension from school or even legal action. Whether I’m writing an essay for school or an entry in my personal blog, I’ve learned that when in doubt, cite it!

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Digital Inequality Presentation

Digital Inequality Presentation with Speaker Notes

Before starting this assignment, I had never heard of the term digital inequality. Digital divide, however, was something that I had heard many times before. As a computer trainer, it is each to forget that not everyone has the luxury of purchasing a computer. In fact, I learned that just 80% of Americans own a computer. However, this is a great progress from 1995, where on average, only 30% of Americans owned a computer. Nevertheless, this leaves 20% of our citizens that are missing out of valuable (and often free) material (McConnaughey, J., Nila, C. A., & Sloan, T. 1995).

Perhaps what was most powerful about this assignment was discovering the factors that cause digital inequality. For example, there are many people who have access to a computer, but do not have the resources to learn how to use it. Additionally, there are also many individuals who may know how to use a computer, but do not have access to one outside of school or work.

Overall, I think my biggest takeaway from this assignment would be to remember the underlying factors that cause inequality: “equipment, autonomy, skill, social support, and purposes for which technology is employed” (DiMaggio, P., & Hargittai, E. 2001). I want to make a personal commitment to remember to ask why inequality exists, instead of simply acknowledging that it is there!

In terms of aligning with AECT standards, this assignment relates closely to section 3.1 Media Utilization-
Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning. I was able to learn principles about digital inequality and directly apply them to a scenario that involved policy-making and implementation. Additionally, I utilized a variety of articles, videos and tables to understand the concepts and differences between digital divide and digital inequality.