Teaching Ethical and Legal use of Technology in The classroom
What is acceptable and appropriate use if Internet in schools? “ Appropriate use” must always be related to teaching Computers are there to support a curriculum already being taught. The attractiveness or novelty of the computer should not overpower the student learning. Computers should not change teaching methods. Their inclusion should simply help improve learning.
What obligations do teachers and administrators have as a result of introducing the Internet into their schools? Acceptable Use Policies: Four essential parts 1. The policy explains how the Internet is connected to teaching and learning. 2. The policy explains student responsibilities while online. 3. The policy explains repercussions that will result from the violation of policies. 4. The policy is written and agreed to by parents and students Equitable access in a school or classroom: All students must have equal access to computers regardless of gender, special needs, socioeconomic status or race. Teaching and obeying Copyright laws: Teachers must follow copyright laws and in turn educate students about copyright laws.
Links for templates for acceptable use forms http://184.108.40.206/pubs2005/tech_suite/app_A.asp#H1 http://www.2learn.ca/mapset/SafetyNet/AUPS.html http://www.auditnet.org/docs/internet_acceptable_use_policy_t.htm http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Technology/Integrating_Technology/Acceptable_Use_Policies.html
Click here to view a sample acceptable use form
How can teachers teach students ethical, acceptable and appropriate ways to use the Internet?
Before giving students access to the internet, teachers can follow these steps
Teach students to question the reliability and authenticity of a website
Give students parameters. Only allow students to use specific websites to use for research.
Give students a protocol to follow in the event something inappropriate appears on the computer screen
Require students to site all of the websites they use to ensure they give proper credit and avoid plagiarism
Wikipedia is an example of an online resource that students should be taught not to trust. Below is an example of how anyone visiting this site can edit the definition of a word. Wikipedia is one of the first choices of websites given when a word is searched on google . Students are quick to click on the first option when searching online.