Freedom within Limits

A successful technologically mediated classroom consists of students using technology as a tool and in an appropriate manner. This is why it is essential for the teacher to lead students in the right direction and make sure they do not get off the path. What lies off the path are distractions and other dangerous things. It is crucial for the teacher to set boundaries for students when incorporating technology in the classroom. I definitely think that students should have freedom within limits. This means that students can still see and experience different features technology has to offer.

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A study that was conducted in the United States in 2011 by Microsoft and The National Cyber Security Alliance showed that students are currently not receiving sufficient education when it comes to cyber ethics or internet behaviours. This is crazy considering that there are over 60 million students and teachers nation-wide. Students from ages 8 to 18 years of age are on electronic devices for almost 7.5 hours per day. 94% percent of students ages 12 to 17 are online users as well. Were these students taught cyber-ethics at school? If not, do they know about both good and bad sides of using technology?

See more about the study here: http://news.microsoft.com/2011/05/04/2011-state-of-cyberethics-cybersafety-and-cybersecurity-curriculum-in-the-u-s-survey/

In the article “Tools for Teaching Cyber Ethics” by Linda Starr, she talks about the significance of teaching cyber ethics within schools. It is extremely important to make students aware of the dangers of using the internet/technology to fully comprehend how to use it to the fullest potential. In my opinion, the article really proves how important it is for the teacher to be the guide/leader for students and lead them in the right direction. She also includes the 10 commandments for teaching computer ethics that was created by Dr. Ramon C. Barquin. I think this is extremely accurate and is definitely something I would include within my teaching if I am incorporating technology.

10 Commandments of Computer Ethics:

  1. Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people.
  2. Thou shalt not interfere with other people’s computer work
  3. Thou shalt not snoop around in other people’s files.
  4. Thou shalt not use a computer to steal.
  5. Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness.
  6. Thou shalt not copy or use proprietary software for which you have not paid.
  7. Thou shalt not use other people’s computer resources without authorization or proper compensation.
  8. Thou shalt not appropriate other people’s intellectual output.
  9. Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you write or the system you design.
  10. Thou shalt use a computer in ways that show consideration of and respect for your fellow humans.

Reference: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech055.shtml#sthash.rgpNlnfX.dpuf

Today’s student is tomorrow’s entrepreneur or business. Each student should have the chance to receive proper education when it comes to the use of technology. In order for students to receive that education, each teacher needs to go through adequate training in order to offer a solid foundation to each student. As a leader, educators are transmitting knowledge in order to create future leaders.

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