Today's underclassmen - particularly freshman and younger - have not known a world without cell phones, mp3 players, cd players and the Internet. They are the first generation to have grown up with interactive media. Unlike many of us adults who are content to learn how to use application and participate partially, these students want to incorporate technology into every minute of their lives. They manipulate, remix, consume and share their content. They are Digital Learners and their technology is mobile.
In recognizing this, The National FFA Organization has developed a cross-team to research, investigate, and determine best practices and promote the responsible use of digital media for future delivery of information and communications.
The technology tools we are reviewing range from blogging, text messaging, video, podcasting, wikis, webquests, GPS/geo-caching and social networks.
Throughout this process we are seeking how you, our teachers, are currently using this technology or if you have plans to use it in the future. We want to understand your challenges, not only in its use, but at your local school levels in accessing this information via the Internet.
Below are the various resources, statistics, articles and information utilized by the crossteam.
Education and Technology
Teens and Social Networks
COPPA & Childrens Privacy
Mini Digital Tip
Web Addresses/URL (Universal Resource Locator) and Domain Name Extensions
As you utilize resources from all across the internet, it is always good to know what 'type' of company and/or organization you maybe accessing resources from.
a. A URL is synonymous with "Internet address". Feel free to interchange those words in conversation, although URL makes you sound more high-tech!
b. A URL never has any spaces in it.
c. A URL, for the most part, is all lower case.
e. A URL always starts with a protocol prefix like "http://", but most browsers will type those characters for you.
https:// denotes a secured website.
Graphical Breakdown of the Web Address
The following provides a short-list of the top level domains.
- .org Non-Profit Organization, restricted registration
- .gov Government, restricted registration
- .edu Education, restricted registration
- .mil Military, restricted registration
- .com Commercial, but is commonly used for everything
- .net Internet services site, but is commonly used