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When reflecting on which of the five topics to focus on for this week’s post I found it challenging to decide which I would focus on; because there is so much crossover between them all. The underlying commonality is that they are all important to be aware off and that relevant knowledge be taught and demonstrated by teachers to allow students to make informed online decisions; to demonstrating “Netiquette” (Roblyer & Doering, 2014, p.241).
Netiquette or internet etiquette is defined by Mintu-Wimsatt, Kernek & Lozada (2010) as a way of defining professionalism through network communication (p.2). These skills will be beneficial for students throughout their learning, work life and outside school online interactions. Students understanding and demonstration of netiquette will provide a strong ethical platform of skills to equip students to respond to inappropriate materials found online, security and privacy issues, fraud, computer viruses, hacking , copyright and plagiarism.
Applying netiquette in the classroom and mandating this conduct will act as a mechanism to help mitigate issues associated with technology integration. It is suggested by Roblyer & Doering (2014, p.263) that netiquette could help prevent cyber bullying. Ensuring a class understands netiquette and is willing to act honestly and respectfully; will allow teachers to address and teach students to make informed online decisions and actively avoid issues, risks and being harmful online. Lombard & Porto (2010) suggest that the focus should be on educating individuals about Internet safety and proper use; understanding the potential threats is more important than restrictions or banning sites or particular technology use (p.218). Further evidence from surveys conducted by Luckin, Clark, Graber, Logan, Mee & Oliver (2009) state that web filtering policies are too restrictive suggesting teachers find such restrictions can exclude the use of valuable teaching resources such as educational content found on YouTube (p.99).
Mintu-Wimsatt, Kernek & Lozada (2010, p.3) referred to a guide of suggested netiquette rules that can be applied or adapted for classroom use:
* Do not dominate any discussion. Give other students the opportunity to join in the discussion.
* Do not use offensive language. Present ideas appropriately.
* Be cautious in using Internet language. For example, do not capitalize all letters since this suggests shouting.
* Avoid using vernacular and/or slang language. This could possibly lead to misinterpretation.
* Never make fun of someone’s ability to read or write.
* Share tips with other students.
* Keep an “open-mind” and be willing to express even your minority opinion. Minority opinions have to be respected.
* Think and edit before you push the “Send” button.
* Do not hesitate to ask for feedback.
* Using humor is acceptable but be careful that it is not misinterpreted. For example, are you being humorous or sarcastic?
A valuable netiquette teaching resource I have located is a Netiquette quiz (Learn the Net. n.d). I recommend taking the quiz yourselves to test what we know and experience this task as our students will.
Learn the Net. n.d. The Netiquette Quiz. Retrieved from http://www.learnthenet.com/test-yourself/netiquette/index.php
Lombard, R., & Porto, S. 2010. Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences: Integrated Solutions and Experiences. Chapter 13 Web 2.0 in the classroom.
Luckin, R., Clark, W., Graber, R., Logan, K., Mee, A., & Oliver, M. 2009. Do Web 2.0 tools really open the door to learning? Practices, perceptions and profiles of 11–16‐year‐old students, Learning, Media and Technology.
Mintu-Wimsatt, A., Kernek, C,. Lozada, H. 2010. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Netiquette: Make it Part of Your Syllabus. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/docview/1497197786?rfr_id=info%3Axri%2Fsid%3Aprimo
Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. 2014. Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: International Edition, 6th Edition, Pearson. ISBN: 978-1-292-02208-6