Ethical uses of technology: Final thoughts

This week I have written about unblocking social networking sites so we can empower our students to learn using those sites, helping our students create and manage an online presence, and helping our students become more information literate.  These are three of many of ethical issues related to technology.  It would be impractical to provide an exhaustive list of ethical guidelines for using technology in the 21st century, simply because there are too many variables at this point in the game, and because it would be so long no one would read it.  For my purposes here, I choose three of what I consider to be hinderances for our students.  I feel if students aren’t adequately prepared in these three areas, they will be at a disadvantage once they enter the marketplace.  It will be harder for them to compete, succeed, and be successful in whatever they choose.  Hopefully this week I have sparked some thought with each of you as you look at your teaching and how others in your school are currently teaching.  What happens next is up to you and I hope you take it to the next level by having a conversation with other teachers, educators, administrators, community members, and most important, your students.  Only through this conversation will you start to make change happen and help your students become better learners and members of society.

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2 thoughts on “Ethical uses of technology: Final thoughts

  1. Of course not. That is not what I’m advocating. Some of the things we have done in the past continue to be effective today. However, much of what we have done in the past no longer is effective for how our students learn and the types of things they will likely need to be able to do in the future. Teaching is a great balancing act and we need to remind ourselves of our audience and how they learn best. Sometimes it’s collaborative work, sometimes discussion, sometimes lecture.

    I think I should point out that I am not really talking about computer literacy as much as I am talking about ethical uses of technology. I certainly will advocate that everyone needs to be more computer literate since computers and technology are so prevalent in society, but what I’m really talking about here are the consequences of not teaching our students how to interact responsibly with those technologies. If we don’t change the way we teach then it will be increasingly difficult to effectively teach our students how to interact responsibly when they use technology.

    Like you said, we shouldn’t abandon traditional teaching methods wholesale without regard for the consequences, but I think the same applies to new teaching methods. I’ll head over to your blog to add some comments on the post you linked to. Very interesting.

    Thanks for commenting and keeping the conversation going!

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