Technology Ethics in the Classroom

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Technology in the classroom is important to assist in the learning process; however this is creating new challenges for teachers. Teachers are now required to educate students on the importance of technology ethics. Computer ethics is the moral guidelines that govern the use of computers and networks (Shelly, G, Gunter, G, and Gunter, R 2012). Ethics in the classroom also requires teachers to explain what plagiarism is and the proper way for students to give credit for information attained from another source. Teachers must also have a plan in place to address internet security, as well as devise a student use agreement and discuss ethical practices while using technology in the classroom.
Internet security is important in order to keep students safe as well as to protect the schools computer network. A firewall is helpful in protecting the schools computer network. A firewall restricts access to data on a network (Shelly, G, Gunter, G, and Gunter, R 2012). There are many firewall programs such as Norton and McAfee. Other ways teachers can promote internet safety is to set clear guidelines on what is an expectable internet site to visit. Teachers can also check student’s computer history in order to determine what content students have been looking at. Teachers and parents can also use filtering software to block unacceptable material. Teachers need to encourage their students to practice internet safety at all times. It is important for student’s to continue to practice security behaviors in order for security on the internet to become a habit (Yoon, C, Hwang, J, and Kim, R, 2012). Teachers also need to take the time to walk around the classroom and observe what students are doing while using classroom technology. T...

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... between computers. Filtering software will ensure that students are accessing school related material. The teacher also has the job of teaching students about the importance of copyright laws and plagiarism. Teachers have a daunting task of not only teaching students about the assigned curriculum but also the life skills of staying safe while using all the new technology available to them.

Works Cited

Shelly, Gary B., Glenda A. Gunter, and Randolph E. Gunter. Teachers Discovering Computers: Integrating Technology in a Connected World. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Siau, K., Nah, F., & Teng, L. (2002). ACCEPTABLE INTERNET USE POLICY. Communications Of The ACM, 45(1), 75-79.
Yoon, Cheolho, Jae-won Hwang, and Rosemary Kim. "Exploring Factors That Influence Students’ Behaviors in Information Security." Journal of Information Systems Education (2012): n. pag. Print.
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