Ethics, Evaluation, Internet Safety and Acceptable Use
Pre-Assess your skills for this "Thing"
Before beginning this "Thing", complete the Pre-Assessment of your technology proficiency.
Aligned to the NETS-T: 1.b, 2.a, 2.b, 3.a, 3.d, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c
Connections to CITW9 Strategies: Objectives and Feedback; Generating and Testing Hypothesis
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 Elements of Digital Citizenship and think about how you can integrate this into your classroom to promote appropriate and acceptable use.
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.
Sample document from Hooksett School District for BYOD (Bring your own device)
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.
The CyberSafety Cafe in Moodle provides a wealth of cybersafety resources to support the teaching, learning and modeling of Internet Safety.
Bogus and hoax web sites are a source of fun and entertainment for many. However, you may not want to be on the receiving end of laughter when presenting research. In order to not be taken in by one of these sites, it is important to understand how to evaluate.
Here are some samples of Bogus and Hoax sites that often wreak havoc on the Internet.
In order to launch the links in a web browser on the Bogus or Hoax list, use the Control key in combination with the left mouse button: CTRL+Click
Review the Bogus & Hoax PowerPoint for an introduction to Snopes, Joyce Valenza's BASIC and CARRDSS systems, and the fact vs. fiction phenomenon of web evaluation .
Joyce Valenza Criteria
Sample of CARRDSS
Consider using this format for your portfolio evaluations of the various websites.
To evaluate a blog, click on the Kathy Schrock's Guide to Evaluating Blogs. Kathy Schrock's Blog Evaluation Sheet
Wikis, or editable web pages, were introduced in the "Thing" called "Face of the Classroom". One of the first stops students usually make in the research process is Wikipedia.
Wikipedia may be a starting point for general information, but it should NEVER be cited for formal research purposes since the content is constantly changing. A wiki is an editable web page in which subscribers are able to add content. In the case of Wikipedia, there are many instances in which people have edited the content with fiction, or false information.
Check out the Disclaimer found at the bottom of every web page within Wikipedia!
Check out this document by Phoebe Ayers where she shows you how to evaluate Wikipedia articles.
Check out this Wiki on How to Evaluate the Credibility of a source.
21things Hands-On Activity and Assignment:
1. Before beginning this "Thing", complete the Pre-Assessment of your technology proficiency.
2. Select two websites from the bogus/hoax list. Critically review the two websites using the Joyce Valenza criteria at the BASIC (elementary) or ADVANCED (Secondary-CARRDSS) level. You may utilize a format similar to the sample shared by 21things4teachers graduate Dawn Shawen-Worde or a paragraph that includes each aspect of the BASIC or CARRDSS system. Include critical evaluation of each web site, the web addresses, screen shots, and a reflection.
3. 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.
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 Web WISE website for additional links to critical evaluation. Four aspects of becoming Web WISE - Web 2.0 productivity, Internet Safety, Searching, and Evaluation.
2. Review Alan November's list of bogus sites for use with students at Web Sites that Validate
3. Lynn Lieberman's site on Digital Citizenship
4. Check out Snopes to find out if you are seeing an urban legend, myth, folklore, or fiction.
5. Michigan has a Cyber Safety Initiative
6. The USA Today site has many resources on Cyber Security, safety, lesson plans, and more!
7. This post on the Washington Post is one educators view of cyber safety and today's kids as digital natives.
8. Common Sense Media helps parents and educators decide what is appropriate; see ratings and reviews.
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