ISTE Standard 5-Legal and Ethical Behavior in the World of Technology

This week we focused on ISTE standard 5 which states, Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.” To me this standard is saying that as a citizen students are able to understand cultural norms of technology as well as are able to use it appropriately while being aware of the dangers and errors that can be made. While working to understand this standard I identified with section A of this standard that states, “Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.” I think that it is important for students to abide by this part of the standard because of the dangers that a student can fall into while searching the web. It is also important that as a teacher to put precedence on this because as their teacher you are going to be put under a magnify glass if your student falls into trouble under your supervision.

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In hopes to teach my students this standard, this week I wanted to know how to teach my student’s about the correct use of technology as well as look to see if there were resources to teach it! I began my search by reading mandatory class readings to help point me in a direction to find a beneficial resource for my question. I read an article that talked about what digital citizenship was. This article helps unpack standard 5 because it gives examples of what it looks like to practice legal and ethical behavior as well as define all of the different parts of interaction with technology. I liked how this resource gave a definition of what they thought digital citizenship was. I also liked how it gave all of the different parts of citizenships with examples of each.

The Definition Of Digital Citizenship

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I think that the chart that they use for this would be something beneficial to show to students to spark conversation about what is appropriate and safe while searching the Internet. This article lead me to a different blog post on the same site about BYOT to school policies and what was appropriate. This article talked about implementing a “bring your own technology” programs and the rules that went with them. Although I wasn’t really interested in a complete BYOT programs I did like the guidelines that were created for technology by the students. This spurred my idea of as a class creating our own technology rules as a class after learning about the dangers and benefits of the world wide web.

I believe that after learning what standard 5 looks like through making commutative class rules, as well as discussing the chart seen above students will be able to show their understanding through a resource that I found called netsmartz.

Netsmartz is a teacher and student project kit that lets students teach other students about how to act responsibly while using technology and how to be responsible with the information that it gives you! I believe that this would help me as a teacher make sure students understand what it means to be technologically safe as well as gives me an idea on how to continue to teach upon standard 5! I think this would be an excellent resource to show competence of standard 5 and answered my question of the week about guidance materials!


Course Articles:

TeachThought (Accessed 2016). The definition of digital citizenship.

Supporting Article:

TeachThought (Accessed 2016). 11 Sample Education BYOT Policies To Help You Create Your Own.

Resource: Netsmartz


Characteristics of an Effective Educator

It takes a plethora of different specific characteristics and skills combined to create an effective educator. There are so many different attributes that have to be put together to form a consistent well rounded teacher. I hope to become that kind of teacher one day. Four specific characteristics that I have found to be the most important from my own experience are enthusiasm, patience, kindness, and respect. Beginning with the enthusiasm, to be a good educator you have to be excited about what you are teaching. If you aren’t excited about it, than your students won’t be either. Patience is another characteristic that you must have to succeed at this profession. Learning has its own time schedule for each individual, and a lot of the time students are not going to understand things the first time around. Thus meaning that as a teacher you need to be patient with students as they take their own learning journey. Thirdly I believe that kindness is key. Proving a kind atmosphere in the classroom promotes a positive learning experience. Everyone wants to have the nice teacher. Lastly and most importantly, I believe that an educator has to be respectful. Teachers are role models for their students and if and educator provides respect to their students, students will respect them in return.

Along with those characteristics educators also have to have a certain skill set up their sleeves. Most of these skills have to do with classroom management and ability to differentiate to appeal to different learning styles. Classroom management is very important because as a teacher there is only one of you and 30 of your students so keeping the classroom in check, but also creating an exciting learning environment for students. The key is to find the happy medium. Differentiation skills are also a huge aspect to being an effective teacher. My biggest learning philosophy is that every child can learn. it is educators jobs to find the ways in which every student can achieve their learning goal.