Digital Citizenship - Class Room Technology Rules

Class Room Technology Rules

       While many of the rules for this class have been stated in on the previous website pages concerning issues such as digital etiquette and personal safety,  copyright, plagiarism, and fair use, and digital access, some of these rules require reiteration, along with the types of technology students may use and when they may use it. Please make sure to read the previous pages of the website in addition to this page so that everyone is clear about technology rules. After reading these rules, students and their parents will sign an agreement to respect the rules they have read, and this agreement will appear on the last page of this website.

  1. Students are expected to observe all of the rules of digital etiquette when interacting with other users of this website. Students are to abstain from using inflamatory language of hyperbole, along with expressing disagreement in a manner which does not entail demeaning or people with whom they are engaged in online conversation.
  2. Students must exercise extreme caution when using this website with respect to disclosing information they put into a message due to the message being permanently preserved in cyberspace, even if they opt to delete the message they send.  Students must never include any critical personal information such as codes or passwords for online accounts, bank cards, or credit cards, along with any personal or private information concerning themselves or class-mates which does not pertain to class activity or assignments.  
  3. Students are expected to abide by all rules related to copyright while avoiding plagiarism. If students run across research material which is copyrighted, they are expected to pay for the use of the material - if the copyright agreement stipulated this requirement. Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they run across any material online which may present a copyright issue. 
  4. Students are also expected to conduct their own research, and they must never use the researcher or writer's words or phrase without proper citation. Any use of another researcher or writer's work without proper citation runs the risk of plagiarism, and students must take every precaution to avoid this practice. Students are to consult with the instructor if they have any questions over the use or quotation of material from another author or researcher.
  5. Students will also practice fair use in presenting any material from another researcher for any class project or assignment. Please read the rules on the webpage addressing the fair use. In addition, students are to consult with the instructor if they have any questions concerning fair use of other people's material or work in an assignment.
  6. While students may use digital devices such as cell phones or I-pods to access online material for this class, there is a proper time and place to use digital devices. Students are strictly prohibited from using these devices to share class material with anyone outside the class, and students will not use digital devices to engage in online chatter with friends during class time. Students will also not use digital devices during tests (unless specifically permitted) or during speeches given by faculty or other students. 
  7. In order to ensure digital access for all students regardless of socio-economic backgrounds, the school will schedule specially designated times or extracurricular activities where students can access computer labs and the library. The school will also open its doors to students on select weekends for use of computer labs or libraries. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with faculty and administrators over the times of these openings, and we will discuss the times for openings and availability of the library and computer lab regularly during the school year. 
  8. While this class will use digital devices and websites to access material, we realize that some students come from backgrounds where their home or community may not have access to digital technology. Given this consideration, we will also print out material in hardcopy form and make sure it is available for students with limited access to digital technology in their home environment.

Sources for Webpage

     Ethics in Computing -

     The 9 Principles of Digital Citizenship -