Digital Citizenship in my Classroom.

Digital Citizenship? Digital Citizenship in a Connected World

As technology is becoming more abundant in our society, it is our responsibility to be digital citizens. Being a good digital citizen means to demonstrate and practice safe, responsible, and legal use of technology. A good digital citizen is someone who understands the rights and responsibilities that come with being online and someone who uses technology in a positive way. The school has gifted each and every one of you Chromebooks. That is a big responsibility. This gives you a tremendous of power that we are trusting you with. This makes it all the more important for you to be good digital citizens, that way we are enabling you to be positive forces in the universe. I strongly urge you to watch the video below. Marialice Curran talks about what it means to be a good digital citizen.


Netiquette? decorative word group about netiquette

Simply put, netiquette is the correct or acceptable way of communicating on the Internet. When we engage in online communications it is important to be aware of netiquette. There are ten rules of netiquette to live by. They are listed below.

Rule 1: Remember the Human - this means that you need to remember that you are communicating with another human being even though they are not right in front of you. 

Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards online you do in real life - it is what it sounds like. Don't do something online you wouldn't do in real life

Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace - Be aware of who you are interacting with and what types of people that are there and adjust your communications accordingly.

Rule 4: Respect other people's time - Self-explanatory

Rule 5: Make yourself look good online - Your online presence is what most people on the web will see you as. Make sure you are articulate and thoughtful and do not present yourself in a bad light. Things on the internet are never truly deleted. 

Rule 6: Share expert knowledge - Make sure the information you share online is respectable and factual.

Rule 7 : Keep flame wars under control - Flame wars erupt on the Internet constantly where people feel the need to justify their viewpoint by demeaning others. Do not be somebody that contributes to these wars.

Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy - Do not make people share information they are not comfortable with.

Rule 9: Don't abuse your power - This ties in with digital citizenship. Access to the internet is a power. Do not abuse it.

Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes - Self-explanatory.

These are the core tenets of practicing good netiquette. I strongly urge you to follow this link and explore them more in depth. I will expect you to know them and abide by them in my class.

Social Media plays a large role in our dealings on the internet. Below is a link of a Ted Talk that really highlights social media and how technology has altered our interactions with fellow humans.


Cyber-Bullying Image result for cyber bullying

The last topic I would like to touch on is the topic of cyber bullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior. The most common places where cyber-bullying occurs are on social networking sites, email, and texting. As good digital citizens, it is important we report any instances of cyber-bullying we are aware of as well as not partaking in this behavior ourselves. 

More on the defintion of cyber-bullying and where it takes palce can be found below.

Internet Safety Image result for safety

We have already discussed how much power you have with the internet. There are people out there that may abuse that power, so it is extra important we are safe when using the internet, especially in regards to our personal information.

Below are ten rules to follow when using the internet in order to protect yourself.

  1. Use complex passwords
  2. Make sure you have good network security. It is better to use internet at your home or school as opposed to public places like a coffee shop. Public networks are less secure.
  3. Use a firewall. I suggest Avast. It is a free program that blocks you from harmful malware.
  4. Click smart. Be thoughtful in what links you click on. Some of them may harm your computer without you realizing.
  5. Be a selective sharer. Be absolutely sure if you share personal information it is a trustworthy person or site. 
  6. Protect your mobile life. Do not respond to stranger and only download apps from trusted stores.
  7. Practice safe shopping and surfing. Only travel to secure websites and shopping sites in order to protect your personal information.
  8. Keep your software up to date.
  9. Be wise to what the latest scams are on the Internet.
  10. Always keep your guard up. Back up all your files regularly.

Fair UseImage result for fair use

When using the Internet, it is imperative you become familiar with three terms. Copyright, plagiarism, and Fair Use.

Copyright - the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. 

This means it is illegal to use the intellectual property of others without their permission.

Plagiarism - the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. 

This falls under the umbrella of copyright. This is stealing the intellectual property of others and pretending that you did it yourself. 

Fair Use - (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder. 

This link will give you more information on Fair Use if you are interested.

This states you can use small bits of other people's intellectual property as long as you cite your work while doing so.

Cite Your Sources!!!!!

This website is a useful tool in your endeavors to give credit where credit is due.

Below is a short video that shows another way to cite your sources.

Digital Access in Classroom.

Chromebook Policy

Each of you have been provided with Chromebooks by the school. You are able to have access to the school's wi-fi anytime you are on school grounds. Additionally, if you do not have wi-fi at home, you may use the school's CAT lab for an hour after school everyday for your internet needs and assignments. You have all signed an agreement that states you will use these Chromeboosk responsibly. Your rights to Chromebook access are forfeit if you do not follow these rules. The Chromebook policy in my specific classroom is you may use your Chromebook for school activities if they add to the lecture or lesson. When this stops being the case, I will take your Chromebook from you for the rest of the day. 

Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phones are not allowed in the classroom under any circumstance. There is an escalating series of punishments for the use of a cell phone in class. First, your cell phone will be taken until the end of the hour. Second, you will receive a ten minute lunch detention and will not get your cell phone back until the end of the day. Third, you will receive a twenty-five minute lunch detention and your parents will have to come get your cell phone from the office. This cell phone policy was decided by the school board for the entire Filer School District.

Technology and Internet Policy Image result for respectful technology use]

Below is the link for the Internet agreement that you all have signed.