Legal and Ethical Use of Digital Materials

Digital books, tapes, news reports, etc. are forming our thoughts more and more everyday! But what can we believe and what can we use without copyrighting? Learning over the years in school we become more and more aware of what we can and cannot use, but many teachers do not teach the use of these materials and ethics well enough. Slowly moving into the education field and realizing more now in college the correct ways and usage of different materials I have came up with tools and games to use in the classroom. These games and tools are designed to educate the students at an early age about the legal and ethical use of digital materials. At the beginning of year you “put students to the test” by having them write a short essay about a certain topic, one that may be a little challenging. Many students may plagiarize without even knowing they are. You can have the students submit their papers to a link on Blackboard that filters out their papers and highlights plagiarized parts. Once they are all filtered you can show the students just to put a little “fright” into them and explain that it is wrong. From this early point on in the year plagiarizing hopefully will decrease because students know they will be monitored.

We can teach students that they are allowed to use certain parts of online journals, articles, books, movies, audio tapes etc. but they need to be informed on the amounts they can use. Another way to ensure copyright issues are not violated in classrooms is by showing the the web-page Editors Guide to Fair Use. This web-page explains the limitations on using another persons work/s. Along with giving them helpful sites and guides to ensure they do not copyright you can always have students take surveys or quizzes to test their knowledge on what should know and guidelines they should be following for the legal and ethical uses of digital materials. These surveys or quizzes will serves as monthly reminders!

There are multiple way to teach the knowledge about legal and ethical use of digital materials in the classroom, these were just a few!

Communication with colleagues

While working inside and outside of the classroom us as teachers are continuously building relationships with colleagues as well as helping each other build our classrooms! When building our classrooms and helping our students we research multiple websites for ideas and opinions. Through using technology with our colleagues we can rotate ideas through each other. Using Wikis with our colleagues allows for us to build collaborative ideas on certain topics and share website we may find useful. Another type of communication we can use with colleagues outside of the class day is text messaging. Texting just like e-mailing allows quick, to the point messages or questions to be sent to each other. Using technology together can make for resourceful links now and in the future!Image

The link above is a website for speech pathologist (teachers) with resourceful games and links to ideas to use with patients (students) to help us as speech teachers stay current in out field.

The above link is a educational blogging website for speech pathologist around the world to post and share ideas, games, questions, comments, and new information! This is a blog to follow!

Communication with parents

Learning comes from the home! Along side having a one-on-one relationship with your students, as a teacher the second most important relationship to build is one with the students parent/s. Through working with the students parent/s students are more likely to learn better, gain better understanding of assignments, and be more aware that they are to stay on track. Understanding that parents, just like us as teachers, are both go go go all day long a great way to communicate with them is through technology!

ImageBy using the internet and its’ resources teachers and parents can track their children whenever where ever! One of the most effective ways of doing this is through e-mail. Nowadays a great majority of adults have smart phones allowing them receive information such as e-mails directly to their phones. Any questions or concerns parents have they can send the teachers e-mails instantly and professionally! Another type of technology, also available on smartphone apps, that teachers can user to communicate with parents are websites such as ParentLink. ParentLink allows parents to go online and track their students grades and assignments due weekly. Keeping parents updated means keeping children on a great track!

Communication with students

Image Communication with your students is key when being their teacher! When teaching students teachers need that one-on-one connection with the students not only for the teachers sake and for them to become familiar with the student but for the student to be able to feel comfortable with the teacher and knowing that their teacher cares about them! On-on-one connections can come face to face in the classroom but what about outside of the classroom after the school day? When the students have questions or concerns? What better way to create a stronger bond outside of the class than through technology! By utilizing websites such as Blackboard students are able to keep track of their own progress and communicate with the teacher one on one and review their work along side the teacher online. Also technology can be used for teachers to communicate with students, and students to talk to students is through educational blogs such as Wiki’s. Wikis allow collaborative class discussion just like Blackboard. With Wiki’s students post on a board one at a time and can state their ideas. Another great way for teachers to communicate with students through technology is through online calenders. Online calenders allow teachers to post assignments and due dates and set reminders to e-mail students when things are not only due but also coming up. These are only a few ways technology shows us how as teachers to communicate with our students. Communication through technology brings learning beyond the classroom and at students fingertips instantly!