Filter Your Bubble


Oh my.

This week’s virtual visit from Pat Maze (thanks, by the way!) was really eye-opening. It is really scary to think just how under scrutiny teachers are. Teachers are really supposed to adhere to a strict set of  behaviours, both in public and privately.


It seems like the role of the teacher has not changed all that much: teachers are still seen as guardians of student virtue and innocence. The medium may have changed, but the message remains the same: teachers are in charge of protecting the future at all costs. This may mean at the cost of the teacher as a person.

In my current context, I am at a fairly diverse high school. This means I have everything from having to explain what Twitter is:

To having students explain what VSCO is (spoiler: it’s Instagram without the drama). There’s a wide-range of levels in regards to digital citizenship in this context. For the beginners, it’s mostly how to navigate safely. For those more used to using tech tools, it’s a matter nuance and advocacy. How to use their voice to make a difference now that they’re done being a passive consumer of technology.


In my vision, the idea of digital citizenship will be ubiquitous. Right now, as it stands, digital citizenship isn’t as widespread or as integrated into curriculum as it ought to be. Digital citizenship is a growing concern because of the availability of information and content online, but there is a disconnect between how to discern what is good and what is bad.

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As well, there is the issue of “filter bubbles” as seen in the TED talk video. Filter bubbles change the information you see, and sometimes to a drastic extent. I have discussed the concept of filter bubbles with classes and we experiment with searching terms that could change based on your search history (think political parties, particular news stories etc) and then searching that same thing in an incognito window or in DuckDuckGo. Students are shocked by the difference that eliminating a search history can make.

In conclusion, the demands on a teacher in regards to social knowledge online is expanding. Teachers must be hyper vigilant when working through their online identity and that of their students.

However, I think the gif below sums up teachers’ jobs perfectly: be vigilant but not afraid.

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3 thoughts on “Filter Your Bubble

  1. Great post Kelsie! I looked into your DuckDuckGo link, as I’d never really explored the idea of filter bubbles before, and found it very interesting. It’ll be perfect to utilize in my final project when I’m developing my lessons on cookies and search tracking, so thank you very much for that! I absolutely agree that the demands placed on teachers are ever-evolving and diversifying, and that’s why I’m so thankful for forums like this. Through collaboration and professional sharing we are able to stay continually informed of new and upcoming technologies, apps, trends and ideas!

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  2. I too enjoyed the “filter bubbles” TED Talk. That’s so interesting, I don’t believe that students fully understand the extent to what they do online is monitored and tracked. I LOVED the 1872 Rules for Teacher image. While I like to think I didn’t make a ton of terrible decisions as a teenager I’ve often told students that I am glad social media wasn’t a thing when I was in high school. It’s unfortunate that some of their ‘growing-pains’ will be captured online forever. Lots to think about, great post.

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  3. The more things change, the more they stay the same – or so it seems. I very much agree that teachers are still regarded as the keepers of virtues, and in many ways I agree with that idea. But I can’t help but feel that we as educators are more-or-less held to, or attempted to be held to, unspoken 19th century rules.

    I am happy to see that DuckDuckGo was mentioned in your post – I too started advocating for its use within the schools I work with. What I like most about DuckDuckGo is that you can type in the search bar and add “g!” (without the quotation marks) and it will perform a search within Encrypted Google – so all the google without any of the personalization.

    More people need to adopt DuckDuckGo and give Cliqz Browser a try.

    Awesome post!


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