4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

Standard 4 deals with the teaching of students how to handle technology in a fair and honest way.  It addresses a teacher’s need to teach students how to use technological sources without plagiarizing, guaranteeing students equal access to the technology and fostering cultural awareness and sensitivity in any interactions with different cultures through technology.

This standard is one that my students have a very difficult time comprehending.  The idea of plagiarism is something that they say they understand, but don’t seem to have a very good true understanding of.  I have explained how plagiarism online is very easy to accomplish, simply copy and paste , but that it is the same as if they  took credit for the work of another author from a book.  Often, this idea seems to confuse them and I find that they end up plagiarizing work anyway, seemingly unknowingly.

In terms of equitable access to technology, that is something that is a battle at my school.  There are not many computers to access when compared to the population of our school, and ultimately the regular ed and honors kids seem to take priority when it comes to access to the computers we do have.  I am not sure that is a conscious decision on the parts of anyone, but it does happen very often.  It is hard to get students to become technologically savvy when they cannot access the technology at school or at home.

I would love to have some sort of cross-cultural interaction in my classroom via online activities.  I am not sure, with the limited technology access we have at this point, if that would be feasible.


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  1. * Dr. Mac says:

    The problem of access is always an issue.

    Dr. Mac

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 7 months ago

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