Congratulations! Your district is a finalist in a state-wide digital equity grant. Finalists have been charged with the task of creating a report that shows how the district promotes, models, and establishes best legal and ethical practices for ethical, safe and healthy applications of technology resources to enable and empower diverse learners. (ISTE TL-VI.A.1 establish and communicate clear rules, policies, and procedures to support legal and ethical use of technologies at the district/regional/state levels). The report must illustrate how district policies are congruent with current research on best practice and how the district shares understanding of social, ethical, and legal issues and responsibilities related to an evolving digital culture with district personnel, students and parents (ISTE TL-VI.B.1 communicate research on best practices related to applying appropriate technology resources to enable and empower learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, and abilities).
Your task is to develop and disseminate a research-based plan demonstrating how the district addresses these issues and educates district personnel, students and parents about them. Create document(s), and/or webpage(s), blog(s), or wiki(s) communicating district rules, plans, policies and procedures. Explain district plans and procedures for documenting adherence to these procedures supporting the legal and ethical use of technology to district personnel, students, and parents (ISTE TL-VI.A.1). How will progress and results of adherence to copyright laws be disseminated? (ISTE TL-VI.A.2 implement a plan for documenting adherence to copyright laws)
Make sure to include the following areas of concern: communicating acceptable use and Internet safety policies, documenting copyright adherence throughout the district, providing research-based professional development for empowering diverse learners, addressing cultural and language differences,( ISTE TL-VI.C.1 communicate research on best practices related to applying appropriate technology resources to affirm diversity and address cultural and language differences), accessing appropriate adaptive/assistive hardware and software for students and teachers with special needs, ISTE TL-VI.B.2 develop policies and provide professional development related to acquisition and use of appropriate adaptive/assistive hardware and software for students and teachers with special needs), providing equitable access to technology, and promoting safe and healthy use of technology (ISTE TL-VI. D.1 communicate research and establish policies to promote safe and healthy use of technology).
If procedures are not in place, make research-based drafts of any missing procedures or policies. If any policy in place is out of date, make research-based suggestions for apt revisions (ISTE TL-VI.E.1 use research findings in establishing policy and implementation strategies to promote equitable access to technology resources for students and teachers).
Use the websites below to assist you.
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Family Educational rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Pew Internet and American Life Project
The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)
The New Literacy: Scenes from the Digital Divide 2.0– 5 part article
Plagiarism.org Learning Center
Plagiarism Proofing Assignments
Week 5 Lecture
Can technology humanize?
Welcome to week 5 of our course!
Chapter 9 of our text, Technology to Support Learning provides many examples of how technology can enhance learning in these five ways:
? Bringing exciting curricula based on real-world problems into the classroom;
? Providing scaffolds and tools to enhance learning;
? Giving students and teachers more opportunities for feedback, reflection, and revision;
? Building local and global communities that include teachers, administrators, students, parents, practicing scientists, and other interested people; and
? Expanding opportunities for teacher learning (p. 207)
You will find outstanding web based resources on this subject at these sites:
Technology in the classroom
National Educational Technology Standards
The text alludes to Vannevar Bush on page 213. Dr. Bush was a scientist who advised presidents and a leading force for the creation of the National Science Foundation. In his essay, As We May Think he is concerned with the use of science for peaceful means (remember when he wrote it in 1945 a time when the specter of World War II shadowed the nation and technology was being used for weaponry and mass destruction.). He predicts future inventions including the computer and hypermedia. Should you wish to read this amazing essay in its entirety (pay careful attention to the sections from 6 and up) it is available at available at
Bush certainly sheds some light on this week?s essential question, Can technology humanize?
Chapter 10, Conclusions, is extremely important as it sums up the research on learning and teaching. There, the editors prescribe ways in which teachers learn technology best, also effective principles to remember when working with students.
They must be partners in innovation; a critical partnership is needed among teachers, administrators, students, parents, community, university, and the computer industry.
They need time to learn: time to reflect, absorb discoveries, and adapt practices.
They need collegial advisers rather than supervisors; advising is a partnership. (p. 226)
The chapter concludes with commentary about the importance of utilizing a variety of methods such as educational technology to reach diverse student populations.
Week 5 featured text
Silver, H., Strong, R., Perini, M. (2000). So each may learn: Integrating learning styles and multiple intelligences. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
What role does technology play in the creation of effective learning environments?
One of the strongest rationales for incorporating technology into pedagogy is that it makes material accessible through multiple paths. In the past two decades, much research has demonstrated the promise of two theories for reaching all students; Gardner?s Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles. Technology facilitates learning and using it meshes with many of Gardner?s Multiple Intelligences while addressing different learning styles,. In their text So each may learn: Integrating learning styles and multiple intelligences. Silver, Strong and Perini (2000) contend that Multiple Intelligences, and Learning Styles, have complementary strengths and weaknesses. Combining them creates a powerful methodology that accommodates a greater range of learner diversity and achievement. Read excerpts and examine examples of synthesizing these strategies in the online chapters at
Have a wonderful week exploring our texts and the complementary websites provided below.
Technology and Multiple Intelligences
How a Computer Helped My Son with Writing
Learning Styles: Learn Effectively by Understanding Your Learning Preferences
Assistive Technology An overview
Misunderstood Minds Resources
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