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  1. The LAAMS Technology Code of Ethics Classroom Applications and Enforcement

  2. Rationale • Damaged equipment • Lost equipment • Stolen equipment • Unstructured Internet use • Inappropriate Internet use • Need for sophisticated integration of technology and curriculum • Technology not an “extra”. It’s now a fundamental component of education

  3. Beliefs and Practices - Teachers • Computer use requires a pre-planned lesson/activity/task/assignment. - teach applications first - create assignment sheets - conduct research before assigning; create a list of resources/pathfinder - assess computer use, include in rubric - require citations

  4. Beliefs and Practices - Teachers • Computer use must be monitored closely • Students using computers must have a signed AUP • Computer use should not be a reward • Computers should not be used when a substitute is present • All teachers will enforce Code of Ethics

  5. Beliefs and Practices - Students • Students will only use the computers when a classroom teacher is present. • Students will leave all equipment in its original condition. • Students will ask permission before printing any documents. • Students will refrain from using Yahoo, Google, and other non-academic search engines. • Students will always provide citations for all Internet resources (images included) used for an assignment.

  6. Beliefs and Practices - Students • Students will work on student computers only (teachers workstations are off limits). • Students will refrain from changing computer settings, such as desktop icons, screensaver, homepage, etc. • Students will ask for help when something is confusing or unclear. Guessing may lead to errors. • Students will agree to support the Code of Ethics or will agree not to use the school computers.

  7. Beliefs and Practices - Students • Students will keep the computers safe by leaving food and drinks in the lunch area. • Students will not download applications, images, songs, etc. to the computers. • Students will use the computers in groups no larger than two people at a time. • Students will not visit social networking sites, like myspace.

  8. Enforcement • Students must have AUP signed. This will be a page in the planner for 2007-2008. • No planner, no computer (some exceptions are necessary – algebra, whole class laptop use) • Violation of Code of Ethics (plagiarism, pornography, etc.) = no computer use for remainder of YEAR. Yes, year.

  9. Requirements for Teacher Use • Training for creative use of tablet, MPU, laptop carts, cameras, etc to deliver instruction (no training, no tech) • Negligence = loss of technology in your classroom; retraining will be necessary along with attendance at specific professional developments • If you are not able to or interested in enforcing these policies, computers in your classroom should be unplugged or removed. • Departments (IMA) will be billed for repair and replacement of classroom technology. • Teachers in need of a laptop cart should submit a proposal for the use.

  10. Teach Applications First Microsoft Word • Font, font size, line spacing, alignment, spell check, spacing after punctuation, indenting, margins, paragraphing, underline/bold/italics, saving, print preview Internet Explorer • Back, refresh, home, favorites, address line, how to type a URL, search boxes, keywords

  11. Create Assignment Sheets • Assignment Title • Assignment description • Due Date • Criteria • Grading (points, rubric) • Resources required/expected • exemplar

  12. Conduct Research While Planning If YOU have not done the research, how do you know your students will be successful in the time you have given them? • Visit the library • Use the catalog to locate print materials • Do they need to be reserved? • Look at Reference books available • Use kid-friendly search engines to locate websites • Use digital library to identify useful databases

  13. Create a Pathfinder A pathfinder is a list of resources your students should use for their assignment. • Include print resources (from library or those you have collected) • Websites • Databases • Video/audio • Instructions for accessing • See exemplar

  14. Assess Student use of Computer We assess group cooperation, the writing process, lab work, etc. Why not computer use? 4 – The student efficiently located relevant, high-quality information and applied it effectively to the assignment. The student followed all aspects of the LAAMS code of ethics. 3 – The student located information related to the topic. The students followed the code of ethics. 2 – The student did not locate information relevant to the topic. S/he had difficulty following the pathfinder or evaluating the information found. S/he followed the code of ethics. 1 – The student did not follow the code of ethics.

  15. Require Citations Allowing students to use information from any source without giving credit to that source is unethical. • Use the templates provided • Teach the students proper bibliographic format • Bring them to the library for a lesson on citations • Do not accept work without citations

  16. Monitor computer use closely • Students using computers while you are teaching a larger group must only be students who have never displayed untrustworthy behavior. • Assign computer use during workshop sessions of class • Assign a trained computer expert • Require a sign-in that includes time of use • As many do for library visits, assign particular groups for computers use on certain days.

  17. Computer Use is Not a Reward NO FREE TIME! Some rewards: • A classroom job for the week • A book (not the same as a library visit) • TA for a day • Homework coupon • Bathroom coupon – NOT A PASS!

  18. How to Use Computers in Class • Create a Wiki – students are required to respond to a prompt independently (once a week). You can read and respond anywhere. • Create a blog – Students must read content and comment • Have a Website of the Week – students explore (in a predetermined manner) a website related to your content area • Take advantage of the digital library features – Today in History, interactive maps, etc. • Warm-ups – introduce a new website/database

  19. Ideas for Prof. Development • Internet use in classroom • Microsoft Word • Microsoft Excel • Microsoft Powerpoint • Blogs/Message Boards/Wikis • Creative use of MPUs/tablet • Use of laptop cart • Classroom management for tech use • Digital Library • Renzulli Learning System • Network Ethics