As staff and employees of the Fort Dodge Community School District, we are role models for our students, their families, and our community members. What we say and do is reflected not only on ourselves, but also on our school system. While it is easy to realize the effects of our actions out and about in society, it is more difficult to comprehend the effects of our actions in the digital world. Just as we are careful of what we say and do in public, we also need to be careful of what we say and do online.
The following few pages will help you understand the online expectations for FDCSD staff and employees. Next, the plan for implementing Internet Safety and Ethics curriculum for our students will be presented. Finally, in order to help ensure our students are safe and behave appropriately online, we need to make sure parents and other trusted adults are duly informed. Ideas for educating these partners in education will be presented towards the end.
Do you use Facebook? What about Twitter, Flickr, Skype, Blogger, or YouTube? These are referred to as social media--media used to socialize with others. With social media, users create and exchange ideas and information.
Watch Social Media in Plain English from Common Craft in order to better understand all that social media entails. In plain (well, ice cream) English, what do you feel is the purpose of social media? What are the pros and cons of social media?
Social media can be advantageous in education. Facebook is a way to communicate with parents. Skype can bring cultures from around the world into the classroom. Twitter can allow immediate sharing of websites. YouTube allows students to build their background knowledge on topics.
We can gain much knowledge from social media. We can also share our knowledge with others. To help us maintain our professional stature online, FDCSD has created social media guidelines. See the links on the next page.
Now, please read through the following. Social Media Guidelines (link coming soon) Suggested Social Media Sites (link coming soon)
Are there any parts of the guidelines that you would like explained further? What do you have questions about? Feel free to visit with your Teacher-Librarian or email Sara Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
Internet safety deals with the topics of identity theft, viruses, keeping information safe, and cyberbullying, among others. In order for us to teach our students how to be safe, we must first understand ourselves.
GCFLearnFree.org is a wonderful website funded with the proceeds Goodwill Industries makes from their retail stores. Please take the time to browse the lessons, interactives, and extras presented in this Internet Safety section. What information was new to you? What surprised you? What do you agree/disagree with?
To In order for us to be safe, the FDCSD has an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Please familiarize yourself with the following Board Policy and Procedures. Acceptable use of telecommunications/computer resources Procedure 400.25 Procedures Exhibit 400.25A
What questions do you have over the Internet Safety content presented here? Feel free to contact your Teacher-Librarian or email Sara Richardson at srichardson@fort- dodge.k12.ia.us with questions and comments.
Digital Ethics means doing the right thing with content (even when no one is looking), as well as knowing and following laws. It means being a good cybercitizen, knowing and applying copyright, and always keeping your digital footprint in the back of your mind.
Although dealing with a situation in higher education, this essay from The Center for Digital Ethics and Technology communicates well some of the digital ethics conundrums we deal with today. Put yourself in both the shoes of the professor and of the student. What would you be thinking? How would you feel? The Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics
To be solid role models for our students and our community, we need to follow the copyright law. Please read through Copyright Basics and the Internet. If you ever have questions about content you are using, please ask your Teacher-Librarian.
Digitally, it is easy to copy and distribute content. Sometimes this can be harmful, but other times people want their content to be copied. Sharing helps us grow and learn. To make it easier to share, there is something called Creative Commons. Please watch this video to learn about it. Learn about Creative Commons Licenses here.
Finally, some information about your digital footprint. What you say and do online leaves a trail to you that lasts forever. Watch the Digital Footprint Student Introduction from Thinkfinity to learn about it. See this Digital Footprint Activity from MERLOT for more information.
Are you prepared to be a positive role model? What did you learn about digital ethics, copyright, Creative Commons, and digital footprints? What do you still have questions about? Feel free to visit with your Teacher-Librarian or email Sara Richardson at email@example.com with questions and comments.
We need to ensure that our students are safe under our supervision, both face-to-face and virtually. In order to protect our students from others and from mistakes they might make themselves, we need to work together to educate them. The following pages outline our plan to do this.
Elementary K-4 ◦ Grade level classroom teachers will work with the Teacher-Librarian to co-teach students in grades K-4. The Teacher-Librarian will contact each teacher to set up times. This could occur all in one week, one lesson a week, or even one lesson a month. Time for more specific in-building teacher training will be organized by the building Teacher- Librarian during one of our early-out Wednesdays. ◦ Preview the lessons here. K-2 3-4
Middle School 5-8 ◦ Our middle school students will partake in 5 lessons each school year. These will be taught within the team settings with each team deciding when and how to accomplish the tasks. The Teacher-Librarian will hold a more specific training session during an upcoming early-out Wednesday. Upon successful completion of certain lessons, students will earn more internet access. ◦ Preview the lessons here. (link coming soon)
High School 9-12 ◦ High school students will dig deeper into internet safety and ethics issues, as well as review some lessons from the past. The high school curriculum entails 4 independent lessons per year. The lessons do not have to be taught in a specific order. The administration will set up the schedule each year for the lessons to be taught in Dodger Time. An upcoming Wednesday early-out will be spent further discussing the plan. ◦ To preview the materials, click here. (link coming soon)
Our students will be directly taught and assessed internet safety and ethics curriculum. Although the lessons are exclusive, the learning should not be. We are all in charge of guiding our students in the right direction and discussing topics as needed. Please teach any of the topics as they come up in your classes. Feel free to visit with your Teacher-Librarian or email Sara Richardson at srichardson@fort- dodge.k12.ia.us with questions and comments
What we teach in school will not hold importance if it has no meaning out of school. “From the standpoint of the child, the great waste in the school comes from his inability to utilize the experiences he gets outside the school in any complete and free way within the school itself; while, on the other hand, he is unable to apply in daily life what he is learning in school.” John Dewey
To bridge the gap between what we are teaching our students at school and what they are doing at home, we are planning as much parental involvement as possible. One way we are doing this is by providing assignments students will need to complete at home with their parents or other trusted adult. This process will be explained within each particular lesson.
Another way we are planning to educate parents is through Internet Safety and Digital Ethics: Parent Trainings. These will occur throughout the year, led by Sara Richardson. K-4—Open House-type trainings during conference times, before/after Booster meetings 5-8—Scheduled sessions during the beginning of the year student conferences and also one or two other evenings during the school year. 9-12—Open-House Q and A sessions on specific topics. Technology Showcase nights twice a year— once before winter break and once before summer break
One other way to connect with parents is by providing them with tips and resources through our district website and school newsletters.
Resources ◦ CommonSenseMedia ◦ FBI Resources for Parents ◦ GetNetWise ◦ iKeepSafe ◦ National PTA ◦ NetSmartz Workshop ◦ SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com ◦ WiredKids ◦ WiredSafety