A digital footprint is the trail of information you leave behind when you use the internet. Depending on your values, priorities, age, school, family expectations and other factors, you’ll want to set and keep boundaries that work for you.
In this weeks lesson you will learn how to become a good digital citizen. This includes how to manage time spent on the internet, how to treat others when on the internet and how to be smart with social media. You will have the opportunity to explore the difference between private information and personal information, distinguishing what is safe and unsafe to share online.
The fight against sex trafficking gained a new ally in a young woman by the name of Shayvon McCullum. It might not have been her original intent to take on a social justice endeavor that has become an international issue but once she began her research in late 2018, there has been no breaks or pauses. Her research turned into a strategy session, that produced her organization, Secure Bridges. Shayvon found herself motivated after attending many events dedicated to the issue especially discovering she was the only African-American woman present. This was in-congruent to the data she’d collected from her research that stated that Black and brown children were at the highest risk of being sex trafficked in the Milwaukee area. The help she knew she would need to make a huge impact arrived in the form of Nadiyah Johnson of Jet Constellations and The Milky Way Tech Hub.
Jet Constellations reached out to her after Shayvon had been highlighted during an interview for the Morning Blend. Nadiyah informed her of her mission for the Milky Way Tech Hub and how the use of technology could elevate her fight against sex trafficking. Shayvon took the initiative to do more research but this time it was to gain insight into information systems. Her studious nature and attention to detail impressed Nadiyah, and it was during the following meeting that she began to map out how a Secure Bridges app could provide preventative measures to dismantle youth sex trafficking.
The app will give the under-served youth in the community multiple opportunities and resources in one place. Shayvon credits Nadiyah’s patience and support for her being able to win at the Milky Way Tech Hub Pitch Night, which led to the privilege of joining Jet Constellations’ One on One concierge accelerator. The entire experience culminated in the clickable demo constructed by Jet Constellations and Milky Way Tech Hub affiliate, MB Collab (led by Sirene Mireles and Irina Becker). Secure Bridges is currently raising funds to complete the app and bring it to market.
This week we will be putting what we’ve learned the last two weeks to practice! Creating an app empowers you to become a UX designer, a marketer, a project manager and a leader!
In addition to all the marketing, graphic design, programming, and content creation activities that take place when you create an app, you are learning the power of brainstorming and social entrepreneurship!
The tutorials in this weeks lesson teach you how to build an app. You will need a code.org account to proceed with some of the activities. Click the button below to start week 3!
This week we will be learning about Computational Thinking which is a fancy way of saying problem solving.
In this week’s lesson you will learn how to identify the important details to solve a problem, break down the problem into logical steps and create a process that solves the problem. You’ll also be introduced to topics around user experience and design thinking.
Computational thinking is an important 21st century skill which children need to start developing at an early age. You will be better prepared to thrive in a technology-filled world as conscious and critical students, working individuals and citizens.
This week we will be learning about the fundamentals of computer programming. In this lesson you’ll understand how computers understand you! An algorithm is a detailed, step-by-step process followed in order to accomplish a specific task or to solve a specific problem. Computer algorithms can appear complex, but the underlying concept is approachable for both adults and kids. In this weeks lesson you’ll also learn about for loops. Loops allow programmers to easily repeat code; in particular, for loops let programmers repeat code a specific number of times. Click the button “Start Week 1” to start the lesson.