For our last assessment piece we are to develop a website that links to our assignment 2 learning activities. WOW. Were do I start? Through this process of developing my website I have become more aware of the use of ICT within the classroom in terms of ethics. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) have issued expected standards for the profession. Following is the expected standard for graduate teachers when it comes to implementing and using ICT in the classroom.
4.5Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching (AITSL, 2017).
I was made aware of some amazing videos that are on this website. Definitely a must watch for pre-service teachers. Link: https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards.
I know from my own experience having teenage children at home, using ICT responsibly and ethically can be a challenge for some children (parents and schools). Whilst they may not comprehend the impact their use of ICT on others and even themselves, they need the support and guidance so they are aware of their actions and use ICT in a responsible and safe manner. Whilst students are at school it is the responsibility of the teacher to demonstrate and guide students how to use ICT appropriately and safely. I know that when I do enter the classroom on my professional placement, I will ensure I am familiar with the schools’ ICT policy and adhere to their requirements. What this course has highlighted to me, is fact that we are now in a time where ICT is the ‘norm’ in the educational environment and misuse of it by either student or teacher can have major consequences.
The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership [AITSL]. 2017. Australian professional standards for teachers. Graduate. 4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically. Retrieved from https://www.aitsl.edu.au/teach/standards