Ethical use of technology in the classroom

After spending time viewing the effects of  copyright laws, and the state of ethics in regards to technology in classroom my view has been altered. I learned that not only does ethics mean the way the students handle technology, it also means the way that technology is handled by students and teachers. When teachers and students use sound, video, pictures, words, or anything that has a copyright held by someone else without giving them credit, they are stealing from the original owner. When I am an educator I will make sure that when using sources in my classroom, I give as much credit as is due to the original owner of the resource. furthermore I will make sure my students are knowledgeable about the various copyright laws, and how to apply them to their individual projects before they begin work. In order to educate students I will prepare short lessons that educate them on why copyright infringement is illegal and immoral. for the first lesson I would give the kids I would have each of the draw a picture. Shortly after I would pick out one of the pictures and claim it as my drawing. The student would protest and I would explain that when they copy and paste images without citing the owner they are doing the same thing. The second way I would teach the students about copyright is by simply letting them know the laws, and even potential punishments for using copy righted material without the owners consent, or properly citing the owner. It is important to educate the next generations on copyright laws so as to keep order in the area of copyright laws. The best way to lead is by example, the path to preserving copy rights starts with the teachers in the classrooms.

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How do you believe you can use technology in an ethical manner in a classroom?

In considering technology used ethically in a classroom, it is important to remember that it is rare that all students will be technologically savvy. In regards to technology before considering the students heritage, ethnicity, sex, financial background, or anything else for that matter the teacher must understand that some students will excel in the area of technology while others will struggle. To begin I would try to understand each students individual capacity for learning, and understanding new means of technology. Once I feel I have fairly assessed the class’s abilities, and the areas they have difficulties with I can begin to push their knowledge of the technology further. While teaching the students to use the new technology I will remember that each student learns at a different pace. While some will pick up the new lessons quick and outshine the rest of the class, some will require more attention. In the situation where students require extra attention patience is key. There is nothing more discouraging to a young student than a teacher that gives up, or becomes frustrated at the little progress a student is making. On the other hand if a teacher can remain patient he/she can slowly bring that student up to speed, and allow them to perform on the same level as the rest of the class.

Communication with Professionals

A teacher is someone who should be constantly learning and growing, and the only way to do so is through communication. The best way to learn, adapt, and grow your teaching style is by communicating with other education professionals. The first way to communicate with other professionals is by sharing ideas or information about your classes through email. This gives other teachers the chance to understand what works in your classroom, while you take away ideas from their classroom and incorporate them into your own. The second way to communicate your progress, and share ideas is by talking to other professionals in person. There will always be time to spend with other teachers, it would be to the teachers advantage to use this time sharing valuable information. Finally teachers can digitally attend conferences to maximize their teaching potential. The world of education is constantly changing, and by attending these conferences a teacher can easily can a new understanding of what is new in the world of education.

Communication with Students

As a teacher in a classroom setting the most important individuals you will be talking to are the students. There are three tools for communicating with students that I feel are essential for this interaction between teacher and student. It is important for students to be able to track their grades so they can keep up with classes, and know how they are doing as soon as their grades have been submitted. It is for this reason students should be able to access their grades from an external website. One example of a website like this is edline which is used by the palm beach county school district. This site allows both parents and teachers to look at grades, and monitor classroom progress. The second way teachers can communicate with students is to send home letters intended for them, and if necessary their parents. These letters would contain information pertinent to what is happening within the students classroom. The final way that students and teachers can communicate is through out of class pre-assesments. These pre-assesments will help gauge where the students are at academically as well as determine where their interests are. In building lessons I feel it is important to have an understanding of the students current knowledge, as well as their interest with any given subject.

Communication with Parents

There are several ways to communicate with parents outside of today’s classroom using both new and old technologies. One way of reaching parents is through emails. These can contain information including but certainly not limited to student progress in classes, student behavior updates, information about the school that requires their participation, events that have taken place in class, and positive information regarding something substantial their child has achieved. Another way ot reach parents that has been used since long before email is the parent teacher phone call. Often if a teacher needs to reach a parent immediately they would prefer to call and get in touch with them. If they have information concerning the health of the child, or if the child has acted out severely, or in order to quickly set up a meeting a phone call from teacher to parents may be required. A final way that teachers can communicate with parents is through letters either sent home with the student, or sent by mail. This seems the most inefficient way to communicate with parents because the mail is a delayed process, and the letters sent home with children don’t have a good chance of making it home.