The Internet Can’t Teach You Everything

I knew exactly what I wanted to do when my ECMP 355 prof. proposed a learning project that would entail learning something that I had very little knowledge of. Immediately, tattooing popped into my mind. My next door neighbor is a tattoo artist who had some old supplies that I could use and I was set! or, at least, I thought I was set. My first tattoo lesson was given to me by my neighbor himself and it was easy. To incorporate some technology into my learning process, I watched several videos of other people tattooing or learning to tattoo, on youtube. I thought everything was fine and dandy until I went for my second lesson with my neighbor. I wanted to show him how much I had learned from the videos and began a technique that I had learned from my technological source. I was concentrating hard and holding my breath, I didn’t want to mess up. I took the tattoo gun in my hand and slowly began to move it towards the fake skin (fake skin is a piece of special rubber used to mimic skin when practicing tattooing). Before I could even touch the needles of the tattoo gun to the fake skin sitting on the dining room table, my neighbor shouted, “WOAH WOAH WOAH!”. I jumped out of my seat and my knees hit the edge of the table. I looked up at my neighbor, unsure of what I could have possibly done wrong. He explained, in his gruff voice, that the angle of the tattoo gun was incorrect for the type of needles in the gun and that if I were tattooing a real person, it would have hurt like hell and looked horrible. He then went on a rampage about all the tattoo artists who try and teach themselves how to tattoo from apps or youtube videos and then screw up on the first real skin they tattoo. I was terrified and promised that I would no longer use technology as a source for learning how to tattoo.

After my near tattoo tragedy,  I began to wonder what else one cannot learn from just the internet itself. I can tell you right now that I could spend a year studying karate and would be lost the moment I tried to physically attempt it. That could go for any sport actually. When it comes to learning anything, nothing can beat a good teacher and a textbook. Along with a good teacher, practice is vital. Unfortunately, not everything can be practiced using the internet, and the internet can’t always judge your progress- like in karate.


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I tried to look for a list of things that can’t be learned from the internet, on the internet, but the only thing I ended up finding was that the internet doesn’t teach you what you can’t learn from the internet…

So I made my own list. I call it Things The Internet Can’t Teach You:

  1. How to tattoo
  2. How to be a karate master
  3. Any physical sport for that matter
  4. How to cook better than grandma (Let’s be real, nothing beats grandma’s cooking)
  5. How to be a doctor
  6. How to eat all the food in the world, never exercise, yet keep a hot bod without having surgery or doing something life threatening
  7. How to transport through time
  8. Why Donald Trump even exists
  9. Who I will marry
  10. How to outlive the earth


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Is Your Digital Identity Like a Bad Tattoo?

Remember the day you began your digital identity? You may have to think about it, or you may not. Either way, the fact is that if you are in your early 20’s or younger, you probably don’t remember. For many people today, their digital identities didn’t begin the day they made their first Myspace or Hotmail account. In today’s society, full of social media addicts, more and more people are being given a social identity before they are even born! A tech-savvy blogger, I recently found called Cat, wrote an article that explains exactly this. In her article “How Are You Defining Your Digital Identity?” she states that her two daughters’ social identities began hours after being born. This made me realize just how different every generation’s life will be, simply because of technology. Children are being exposed to technology so early in their life that it’s normal to see kids under the age of ten on Instagram. The ways that school’s are integrating technology into their system’s adds to this even more. Generations are growing up surrounded by technology. It’s everywhere and always being used…


This is where problems start happening; problems like a bad tattoo in a spot that is difficult to cover up. We have all heard stories, and some of us have experienced, the consequences of using social media. From photo’s posted to facebook after a night where you partied a little too hard, or an unprofessional tweet that was supposed to be private, things like this, that blemish your digital identity are added to the internet every day. Incidents like these can happen so easily when everyone has social media in their pockets, and technology in NOT slowing down. Blogger Catherine Kitts states in her article “Define Your Digital Identity”, that some people are very cautious with how they are presented in social media, while many other’s aren’t. Likewise, for people who are very active with the internet, their digital identity can mirror their true identity very well. And this is great! but for those who have matured at a faster rate than their digital identities, this is not so great.

As paper and pencil become a way of the past, technology is becoming the go-to place for nearly everything. People take classes online, go to meetings online, apply for jobs online, and following all of this, is the use of online profiles as resumes. Like tattoos, what is put on the web, stays on the web or, at least, can be very difficult to take off. For the generations that are growing up surrounded by technology, education on the consequences is very important. Digital identities are no longer just for personal use and friends, schools and potential workplaces are becoming common stalkers.

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Catherine concludes her article by saying this:

“It’s easy to say you don’t care about the content in your profiles – You’re a human being! You have a drink from time to time! You complain! It’s a free world! It sure is, and all the power to you. Just remember… You won’t be in your twenties forever, and one day that free spirit of yours may come back to haunt you…”

This is so true, and very similar to a tattoo that maybe intrigued the old us but makes the present us uneasy. The bottom line is that we cannot control what happens in the future, but we can educate ourselves and others so that we can make better sense of the digital world.



Cat. “How Are You Defining Your Digital Identity?”. Binary Tattoo.

Catherine Kitts. 19 APR 2013. “Defining Your Digital Identity”. In A Nutshell.








Healthy Screen Time

I recently found a twitter post from @MindShiftKQED that discusses the ways parents can  allow their children the daily use of technology- tablets, smartphones, television, etc; while also enabling them to learn and keep up with their educational levels and live a healthy life. In the article titled “How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning” (. MindShift | KQED New), MindShift explains that children can benefit from using technology while also avoiding a tech-filled life. To do so, they presented a formula advocated by an author of “Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens”, Lisa Guernsey. The formula is called “The Three C’s”:




Content: Parents must first be mindful of the content in the technology that their children are using. Allowing longer uses of educational devices that improve a child’s education is more beneficial than not using that device.

Context: Parents should understand that daily exercise, social engagement, and good sleep should come before the use of technology. Education is important and engaging with the “real world” is vital for proper growth and education.

Child: Parents need to pay attention to how their children responds to technology. If technology before bed is affecting sleep, then technology should be limited to a certain time of day.

Within the article, Mindshift also explains: “Guernsey, who has spent a decade studying how media affects child development, says the research has had a profound impact on her own parenting- particularly the studies around the learning that can take place when families talk about or use media together.” Encouraging parents to get involved with their child’s tech. learning seems to be a key factor. I think this is great because kids have so many opportunities as a result of the technology that their parents never had as kids. Parents get to learn too!

I found this article interesting because as technology becomes more integrated into classrooms, parents may begin to worry that their children are using too much technology. It will be important for parents to understand how beneficial technology can be and the ways that they can help their children get the most out of technology while also living a healthy life!

. MindShift | KQED New. “How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning”

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Fractus Learning?

I have had so much trouble trying to figure out how all this blogging stuff works, but I think I am starting to get the hang of it. To find a suitable RSS reader, I googled “The best RSS readers for educators” and found one that contained lots of info on technology AND education. The RSS reader I chose is called Fractus Learning. Some bloggers that I am following are Nick Grantham, Keith Hamon, and Lisa Bessington. I specifically am intrigued by these bloggers because their posts covers topics including: why we should include technology in the classroom, pros and cons of using technology, how and when to bring technology into the classroom, tips on what types of apps, websites, etc; work well in the classroom, and so on. My favorite source so far is Nick Grantham. Here is a screen shot of his blog:

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This blog covers so many different topics from simply “What Makes a Good Teacher”, to “What to do When Technology Takes Over”, to “How to Twitter Your School’s Next Big Event”! Every post has a simple yet catchy title and the posts are always exactly what the title makes them out to be. I find that the posts are easy to read, attractive, and helpful. I really like that most of their posts contain a video to further explain the topic using visuals. This blogger has been blogging since at least 2013 and is still posting new blogs about every two weeks.

Overall, I am finding Fractus Learning to be very helpful. It is like the ed. tech. version of Pinterest!