Legal and Ethical Issues
Steve Hiner * Feb 19, 2018 * CUR/545 * Rochelle Kolhouse
Bridging The Digital Divide in Columbus City Schools
Dealing With Inequity
Copyright, Fair Use, Creative Commons
Using Creative Commons (CC), students can create a copy of an original piece of work and make their own changes to it. Students enjoy using CC and it encourages them to share knowledge (Liu, 2014). This platform helps ensure that credit is still given to the original author(s).
FERPA and Other Technology Privacy Concerns
Another concern is on the instruction side. We must teach our students that they should assume that everything they post online will be seen by everyone. Even when privacy settings are set on Facebook and Twitter, etc., there is no guarantee that their information will not fall into the wrong hands. They must be very careful about what they post.
Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty
Teachers can run the paper through an online service to find out if the paper has been plagiarized or not. If we are truly preparing students for college and beyond, then they must learn how important it is that they do their own work and cite sources when necessary.
In addition to making students reliable researchers, addressing plagiarism helps students see what they know and don't know and work hard towards achieving professional standards in their writing (Bethany, 2016).
Access for All
1. The district should go 1:1 on Chrome books for students and allow them to be used at home.
2. Low-cost Internet access can be provided for $10 a month. The district could pay this fee for the highest-needs students. Grants can be written and sponsored programs can be examined.
3. The district should look into adding wifi to school buses and parking them in high needs areas on nights and weekends as the article below on CNN discusses.