Our Classroom Website - Mr. Edward Black


     I would like to welcome everyone to the home-page of Mr. Edward Black's classroom website. This website will explore the theme of digital citizenship and the policies by which users conduct themselves while engaging in this activity. The home page will introduce users to the website's definition of digital citizenship before citing the issues of netiquette, online safety, and intellectual property, along with digital access and the use of technology.  This website will also explain these issues in greater detail on subsequent pages, and the home page will contain hyper-links to the pages which describe these issues in greater detail.


Digital Citizenship

     Digital Citizenship has many definitions, but this website defines it as the norms and standards of behavior by which individuals utilizing digital/ online media - online databases, websites, blogs, or social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest - contribute to the overall quality of digital / online  environment. Digital citizenship entails 9 key principles - digital access, digital commerce, digital communication, digital literacy, digital etiquette (or netiquette), digital law, digital rights and responsibility, digital health and wellness, and digital security and protection.  This website will define digital citizenship and explain its 9 principles in greater detail on the page describing digital citizenship. This website will then explore the topics of digital citizenship which tie into this class - Nettiquette and online safety, digital access, and classroom rules and class policy on technology use.   


Nettiquette and Online Safety

     Netiquette, or digital etiquette, involves individuals conducting themselves in an upright, ethical manner while utilizing this website and other online / digital space. While conducting oneself in an upright manner may appear self-explanatory to users and require little explanation, this issue often creates dilemmas due to the seeming anonymity associated with digital communication, along with the convenience of use. Problems arise if users view the seeming anonymity and safety of online communication (which is not the case) as an opportunity to communicate with other online users in a hostile or derogatory tone and demeanor they would never use in a face-to-face conversation. This behavior not only contributes negatively to the overall online environment, but it constitutes cyber-bullying - the harassment and demeaning of individuals online. People may also use digital communication at in appropriate times. This website will explore Netiquette, or digital etiquette, along with cyberbullying, in greater detail on a subsequent page. This website will also cite how netiquette  ties into other principles of digital citizenship, most notably digital rights / responsibilities and digital health / wellness.

     In addition to netiquette and bullying, website users must also consider safety when utilizing digital / online media. While the anonymity and remoteness of digital communication my give users illusions of safety - online or otherwise - online users expose themselves to all manner of risk because any message they send is permanently preserved in cyberspace, even if they subsequently delete it. This oversight becomes a serious problem if the message contains compromising personal information - bank card or credit card information, home addresses, online passwords, or other information - which unethical users may exploit. Online safety ties into the principles of digital security / protection, digital health / wellness, digital etiquette, and digital rights / responsibilities. This website will explore the issues of netiquette and online safety in greater detail on subsequent pages.     

Digital Copyright, Plagiarism, and Fair Use

     Digital copyright, plagiarism, and fair use address how digital users may utilize the information from digital sources for the purposes of commercial or academic use. Digital copyright focuses on the protection of intellectual property which artists or writers have made available online - be they documents, books, or film, or music - and copyright laws typically prohibit the downloading of intellectual material for the purposes of reproduction, sale, or purchase without the express permission,  or payment to the creator. Digital plagiarism involves the downloading of online material and seeking to reproduce / repackage the material as one's own for academic or commercial purposes without properly acknowledging or accrediting the creator. Finally, fair use involves digital users utilizing copyrighted material for limited purposes such as research without crossing the line into plagiarism or other behavior which violates copyright of the original creator. The issues of digital copyright, plagiarism, and fair use tie into the digital citizenship principles of  digital commerce, digital rights / responsibilities, digital access, and digital communication. This website will explore the issues of digital copyright, digital plagiarism, and fair use of a separate page, along with ways students cite sources and utilize research material to avoid plagiarism.       


Digital Access

     Digital Access involves ensuring that all students, regardless of background, have equal access to utilize digital electronic resources. While students from affluent backgrounds and school districts typically enjoy this advantage, access to digital material is problematical to students from less affluent socio-economic backgrounds or attend schools in poorer districts. Students from less affluent socio-economic background and attend school in poorer districts often lack access to digital technology in the home or the school. in addition, students with disabilities or special needs often face challenges of gaining access to appropriate equipment. Fortunately, new technology in the form of cell phones with access to the Internet or social media has become available - and affordable - to students from almost all backgrounds, along with improved internet access in remote locations. Moreover, schools can adopt flexible scheduling strategies and secure arrangements with specialized vendors to improve access to digital technology for all students. The issue of digital access ties into the principles of digital access, digital communication, and digital literacy. This website will explore these connection in greater detail. It will also lay out strategies and the technologies by which my class-room and school will try to redress this dilemma on subsequent webpages.


Classroom Technology Rules and Acceptable Technology Use Policy

     While digital technology presents students with all manner of opportunities to learn by making research and learning materials available online, it is critical for students, faculty, parents, and administrators to understand that technology must be used to integrate materials into the learning process. Digital resource users must take care to know what types of digital technology they may use, along with when it is appropriate to use digital technology. Moreover, users must check the credibility of sources and avoiding the potential or plagiarism when downloading online materials for research. Moreover, users must realize that material available for use in class is not to be made available for commercial advantage or personal use by individuals outside the classroom. This website will lay out the rules by which students, parents, faculty, and administrators may access and utilize digital technology, along with a policy form which all students and their parents are required to sign and date before being able to access and utilize class-room technology on a separate page.