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What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship is the act of behaving appropriately and normally in regards to using technology. There are nine themes of digital citizenship:

  1. Digital Access: we are responsible for making sure no one is denied digital access and that everyone has that equal right.
  2. Digital Commerce: A large portion of goods are bought online and users are responsible for using this in a moral, positive way.
  3. Digital Communication: using the web, people can communicate with others from all over the globe. It is our duty to make sure to make appropriate decisions when doing so. For example, cyberbullying is never the answer and we should never give out personal information to people we do not know.
  4. Digital Literacy: learning and teaching about technology and how to use it.
  5. Digital Etiquette: standards of procedures when using electronics. Everyone is responsible for holding themselves accountable to follow these rules.
  6. Digital Rights and Responsibilities: right to free speech, privacy, etc. in the digital world.
  7. Digital Health and Wellness: your physical and mental well being in the digital world.
  8. Digital Law: ethical responsibility for actions using technology. Stealing or damaging someone's reputation are very unethical and should never be practiced online.
  9. Digital security (self-protection): it is important to protect yourself digitally using virus protection software and backing up your data.

 

What is Netiquette?

Web etiquette, or Netiquette, is the way in which you should conduct yourself online or when using any technology in order to keep yourself and others safe. One of the most basic rules for netiquette is to adhere to the same basic rules online as you would in real life. Another great rule is to always have respect for others while online, respecting their space and privacy. Below is a quick video on Netiquette Basics. Enjoy!

 

I have adopted a zero tolerance policy on Cyberbullying in the classroom. Any student found to be participating in cyberbullying using school computers will result in suspension and a mandatory meeting with parental guardian(s). To help prevent this from happening, personal social media cites may not be visited using school computers or tablets. Our technology will be used only for research of topics needed for class. I want to make sure everyone using our technology remains safe and appropriate online. I hope this policy translates to out of school as well!

What should students do to be safe when using email and the Internet?

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Students should never give out personal information and use their "gut" when making choices online.

What are copyright, plagiarism and Fair Use? (Define each term and provide resources on how to cite sources and avoid plagiarism.)

  • Copyright: the right to legally replicate a written work, music, etc. for a certain amount of time.
  • Plagiarism: using someone else's words or ideas without proper citations.
  • Fair use: the legal ability to use certain copyrighted materials without citations if it proves to be fair and reasonable resulting in no profits made from copyrighted materials and their value is not impaired in any way.

A tip to prevent plagiarism is to always cite information you are using. Unless an idea is your own it is important to give the original author credit for their work. Some websites that will help with citations are http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ and http://www.citationmachine.net/ . Regardless of style you need to use for your citations, these websites will be able to help you.

 

How do you ensure equitable digital access in your classroom?

In order to ensure all students get equal time for using technology in the classroom, time spent on these devices will be limited to 45 minutes a week. This policy will help my students learn to manage time wisely and  teach them to respect their fellow classmates time as well. I will have a sign in/out sheet that will record when students begin and end working on computers or tablets in the classroom. Once their screen time is up they will always have an option of using the library and books to further research.

Classroom Technology Rules

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Acceptable Technology Use Policy for students and parents to sign.

The following link includes the Tuscaloosa County School System's Acceptable Technology Use Policy. Please read, print a copy for your records, and return the signed portion to me at you earliest convenience. http://www.tcss.net/cms/lib3/AL01001644/Centricity/Domain/3861/Technology%20Acceptable%20Usage%20Policy%20Revision%202012%20Board%20Approved%206-21-2012.pdf 

 

References

CHISDT3chn0l0gy. (2013, July 17). Netiquette Basics  [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3iCuT0ONTo

Copyright [Def. 1]. (2016). In Merriam-Webster Online. Retrieved from merriam-webster.com/

Fair Use [Def. 3]. (2016). In Merriam-Webster Online. Retrieved from merriam-webster.com/

Plagiarism [Def. 2]. (2016). In Merriam-Webster Online. Retrieved from merriam-webster.com/

Ribble, M. (2016). Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship. Retrieved May 19, 2016, from http://digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html

Ross, S. T. (2011). The Core Rules Of Netiquette. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html

Tuscaloosa County School System Technology Acceptable Usage Policy [PDF]. (2012, June 21). Tuscaloosa: Tuscaloosa County School Board.

 

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