When we interact with people face to face we expect students to use their manners and be politeInteracting through technology requires a similar standard of behaviorHowever, since the online world is fairly new, what these standards are supposed to look-like is not as well known
DEFINITION: The electronic standards of conduct or procedureDigital EtiquetteUsing Devices at the Appropriate Times and in the Appropriate Ways
Scenario: Students in class check personal messages on their device every thirty seconds. Some play video games while they are supposed to be learning.Modeling Appropriate Behavior: During school hours, staff should only use their devices for official purposes. They should call attention to student misuse when they see it.Digital EtiquetteUsing Proper and Formal Digital Communications when AppropriateStudent E-Mail to Teacher (sent at 1 am): hey mr. smith. I re-did an assignment and turned it in but you havent updated your gradebook. i need you to do it asap so my parents dont yell at me. - samModeling Appropriate Behavior:Use formal greetings and proper grammar in all digital communications with studentsAsk students who communicate in the manner shown above to re-write them properly if they would like a response.
As with traditional manners and etiquette, students must always be aware of how their behaviors impact othersBut they must have good role models to follow
Digital EtiquetteRemember Your Manners!
DEFINITION: Full electronic participation in societyWays to provide opportunities to participate:One-to-oneBYODOffering wireless connectionProvide information on affordable programs
Essential that accommodations for students with special needs be madeThis often requires special equipment known as assistive technology:Apps - Dragon, HueVue, MyVoiceBig Keys Querty KeyboardLivescribe SmartpenGoTalk
Digital accommodations for students with special needsWhen student information is provided online (e.g., through a parent portal of a student information system or forms on a website), be aware that not all will be able to access the informationWhen moving to online opportunities, (e.g.,student enrollment online) its important to offer other options:KiosksCommunity centersOpen labs may be necessary
Digital AccessMoving to digital systems in your community
In schools where a majority of students do not have access to technology in the home, additional opportunities are needed, such asOpen computer labsEvening access to school labsExtracurricular activities
Digital AccessWhat to do if access is not frequently available outside of school
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DEFINITION: The electronic responsibility for actions and deedsDigital LawSharing files from the internet - whethermusic,video, orwritten work is illegal but students are not always aware of this or the ramifications of their action.
Digital LawSharing other peoples personal information without permission is invading the privacy of that individual and can lead to legal action.
Did you knowIf a student sends a sexually explicit picture of themselves or others, it can lead to charges of distribution of pornography?If criminally charged and found guilty, you will be a registered as a sex offender, even if 16 or under?Receiving that picture, even if unwanted, can lead to criminal charges of possession of pornography?Digital LawWhether these actions take place on or off campus, school staff should model and teach appropriate digital behaviors in order to foster responsible digital citizens.
Digital LawPractice Activity: What Would You Do?You frequently use group projects in class. However, during the last project three issues arose that you would like to make sure do not happen again. Take a look at these issues and explain how you could respond to each question, adjust your instruction, and/or model appropriate behavior for students:Etiquette: students had trouble communicating face to face, since group members were constantly looking at their devices to answer messages or surf the webAccess: a student approaches you at the end of class and tells you that he/she will be unable to complete the project for your class that requires the use of technology because they have no computer access Law: students are given your cell phone number for evening extra help sessions. However, students shared your cell phone number with students not in your classesDigital Citizenship