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Safe and Ethical Use of Technology in the Classroom

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Week 2 investigates how I can keep my students safe and model ethical use of technology, which includes internet safety, reasonable use of technology, copyright issues online, and insuring that students are not denied access to technology.

Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement. Critical Issue: Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement Contents Issue Context Research Results Factors to Consider Implications Action Options Implementation Pitfalls Illustrative Cases Contacts References Back To Top ISSUE: Because effective use of technology must be supported by significant investments in hardware, software, infrastructure, professional development, and support services, over the last decade, we as a nation have invested more than $66 billion investment in school technology (QED, 2004).

Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement

While complex factors have influenced the decisions for where, what, and how technology is introduced into our nation's school systems, ultimately, the schools will be held accountable for these investments. To answer these questions, educators need to look at the research on technology and student achievement and the contextual factors that affect learning goals. The Digital Divide Within: Creating a Level Playing Field for All Students. This is a follow-up post to "1-2-3 -- Red Light!

The Digital Divide Within: Creating a Level Playing Field for All Students

: Let's Give the Use of Technology in Classrooms the Green Light Instead. " There's still a lot of talk about the digital divide in this country. I've seen it firsthand as I've worked with schools and school districts around the country on technology-leadership issues; some student populations do lots of online and computer work at home, but other schools serve students who don't have computers and Internet access at home, so the choices for after-school technology work are limited.

As stated in CNN's Virtual Villages initiative, "Technology has become the driving force of change in the modern world. It has altered our economic structures and the ways we communicate. Clearly, leveling the playing field outside school is a huge task. But one thing I've noticed that still strikes me as just as critical is the digital divide within school buildings. Some kids are getting a double whammy -- no technology at home and little at school. Internet Safety Resources - help students stay safe online. The Internet is an incredible thing - allowing us to communicate, connect, collaborate, learn and share with people all over the world.

Internet Safety Resources - help students stay safe online

However, there is also the dark side of the internet - predators, scams, and more.Our students use the internet at home, at school, and all around with their mobile devices. Simply blocking certain types of web sites is not the answer to protect them. We need to teach them how to use the internet responsibly and how to be safe on the internet.Here are some resources to help do that: Make Use Of - 6 Internet Safety Games To Help Kids Become Cyber Smart Make Use Of, a great resource in itself, has listed 6 online safety games that help kids learn how to be safe and smart online.

These games are a great way to teach kids about internet safety. Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images. You’ve heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist.

Hawkins, Sara. "Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images." Social Media Examiner. November 23, 2011. Web. – taylorholen

OK, that’s kind of a lawyer joke.

Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images

But it illustrates how protective people are about finding their images used online without permission. Copyright laws were established not to give the author the right to deny their work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation. Article I, Section 8, clause 8, of the United States Constitution states the purpose of copyright laws is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

It’s a delicate balance between the rights of the creator and the public’s interest. This article will cover exactly what copyright is and what it covers. And then we’ll look at the concept of fair use as it pertains to using images online. What Is Copyright? In Summary. Developing and Validating a Media Literacy Self-Evaluation Scale (MLSS) for Elementary School Students.

Chang, Chiung-Sui, et al. "Developing And Validating A Media Literacy Self-Evaluation Scale (MLSS) For Elementary School Students." Turkish Online Journal Of Educational Technology - TOJET 10.2 (2011): 63-71. ERIC. Web. – taylorholen

Problems Related To Computer Ethics: Origins Of The Problems And Suggested Solutions.

Kuzu, Abdullah. "Problems Related To Computer Ethics: Origins Of The Problems And Suggested Solutions." Online Submission (2009): ERIC. Web. – taylorholen

Developing a scale for teacher integration of information and communication...: OneSearch.

Hsu, S. "Developing A Scale For Teacher Integration Of Information And Communication Technology In Grades 1–9." Journal Of Computer Assisted Learning 26.3 (2010): 175-189. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection. Web. – taylorholen