NETS for Teachers Part VI….Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues

OK, here is the last of this series. I think in light of last Friday’s inservice on Internet safety, it is a fitting end. We have been debating cell phone policies, filtering websites, and how to make technology resources available to all of our students.
VI. Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues

Teachers understand the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in PK-12 schools and apply those principles in practice. Teachers:

A. Model and teach legal and ethical practice related to technology use.
We have to integrate safe and ethical use of technology. We must move beyond trying to keep our students from using these tools in school to teaching the correct time and place to employ these resources.
B. Apply technology resources to enable and empower learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities.
Schools is where the playing field has to be leveled. Technology is available to all learners. I have watched some sets of student flourish while using technology this year. Great job to those teachers who are integrating new ideas into their teaching repertoire!
C. Identify and use technology resources that affirm diversity.
D. Promote safe and healthy use of technology resources.
Cell phone use, social networking (like MySpace and Facebook) and video games all have educational implications. If harnessed correctly we could transform the way we engage our students. But we have to integrate them in such a way that students learn to use them in socially responsible ways and in their own best interest.
E. Facilitate equitable access to technology resources for all students.
This can be accomplished when classes across the curriculum all integrate technology tools and strategies.

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