Ethics, Evaluation, Internet Safety and Acceptable Use
- Know elements of critical evaluation, digital citizenship, identity theft and cyber safety
- Understand how to use web site evaluation criteria and how to prevent identity theft
- Make connections with technology standards and best practice
- Transfer the learning to professional practice by modeling digital citizenship, acceptable use, and cyber safety
CITW 9: In Support of the Creating an Environment of Learning Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback; Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition; Cooperative Learning
See examples for using these tools in the Crosswalk standards document.
Pre-Assess your skills for this "Thing"
Before beginning this "Thing", complete the Pre-Assessment of your technology proficiency.
Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Too often we see students as well as adults misuse and abuse technology because they are unaware of what is appropriate. Our goal for this lesson is to help you become aware of what is appropriate and what could be harmful. Review the 9 Themes of Digital Citizenship and think about how you can integrate the REPs at the bottom of the article into your classroom to promote appropriate and acceptable use.
1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.
2. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods
3. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
4. Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
5. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure
6. Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
7. Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world
8. Digital Health & Wellness: physical & psychological well-being in a digital technology world
9. Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.
Acceptable Use and appropriate use of the Internet is something that both teachers and students must understand. Educators must be constantly evaluating resources for appropriate use, and modeling for students. Each school district must have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for students and staff in order to get Universal Service Funding. These policies outline the safe practices, expectations and responsibilities of using technology within the educational environment.
CoSN ( Consortium for School Networking Initiative) published a recent Guide for Districts in March 2013.
Sample document from Hooksett School District for BYOD (Bring your own device)
Visit the 21things4students site to learn more about an AUP.
Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum K-12 (FREE)
Below is a video provided by the AFT.They are distributing free posters, wrist bands, and resources for elementary and secondary schools.
Click the image and visit three Quests (Cyberbullying, Nobody Likes a Bully, and Webonauts Academy) on the 21things4students.net web site. This "Mission" has statistics about bullying and additional information, videos and resources.
Staying Safe Online and Identity Theft
Please visit some of the Quests in the Cyber Safety materials on the 21things4students.net site. We have included several Quests with selected videos on the 21things4students site related to:
Protect Your Identity Mission which includes Quests with a Cyber Spy Game, ID Faceoff Game, and Six Clicks
Help deal with bullying through texting. Check out the Mobile Computing Mission on 21things4students. View the Quests on Texting, Emoticons, and Too Much Information.
Also check out the free to use videos on the OnGuardOnline.gov site. They have some great ones.
21things Hands-On Activity and Assignment:
1. Before beginning this "Thing", complete the Pre-Assessment of your technology proficiency.
2. Write up a plan in your portfolio identifying 2 activities that you will use in your setting to help others learn about: cyber-bullying, personal information on the web, acceptable use of the Internet, and/or Netiquette.
3. Play the ID Theft FaceOff game. When you have completed it, screenshot your 'Facial' result and include it in your portfolio or blog.
4. After completing all of the activities for this "Thing", take the Post-Assessment of your technology proficiency for this "Thing".
Post-Assess your skills for this "Thing"
1. Check out the Kidshealth website for additional tips for parents.
2. Oakland School's site on Digital Citizenship
3. Michigan's Cyber Safety Initiative
4. The USA Today site has many resources on Cyber Security, safety, lesson plans, and more!
5. This post on the Washington Post is one educator's view of cyber safety and today's kids as digital natives.
6. Common Sense Media helps parents and educators decide what is appropriate; see ratings and reviews.
21things for the 21st Century Educator by Macomb ISD, Ingham ISD, Shiawassee RESD, REMCAM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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