4c.   Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility 

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an 
evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional 
practices.  Specifically, teachers promote and model digital etiquette and responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and information.


Establishing social norms for Internet use is not unlike establishing social norms in the classroom. Suzanne Chapin at Boston University talks about “rights” and “obligations” learners have in a classroom being co-created with other teacher/learners. I will be reinforcing these same behaviors with my online students but will supplement them with “Netiquette Reminders” The Internet, has its special set of problems and concerns because people can be (or think they are being) anonymous in the comments and behaviors making it difficult to monitor behavior or ask that they be modulated. Students with unbounded access to information will need to learn, most of all, how to filter what the find a sieves of truth and grates of values to insure that well-vetted knowledge is warranted and disseminated. Click here to see the “Rights and Obligations” Dr. Chapin believes should circumscribe all classroom behavior. Click here to see the “Netiquette Reminders” adapted from Study Guides and Strategies (http://www.studygs.net/netiquette.htm) that address social norms connected to Internet use.

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