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Figure 2: Cyberethics cartoon on academic dishonesty (Pirillo & Fitz, 2017).

As we create more opportunities for students to use technology in the classroom, we also open opportunities for learning more about cyberethics and why it connects to education. The International Society of Technology in Education (2017), ISTE, offers standards for students, teacher, and administrators. These standards provide a focus for those within the education field when using technology.

As a “digital citizen,” students, according to ISTE, should “recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical” (2007). In order to do so, teachers must also “advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources” (2007).

Knowing more about being a digital citizen within the classroom is becoming increasingly important because of our access to technology in order to engage and support a diverse student population. With many classrooms moving towards using 1:1 devices for students or even allowing student use of mobile devices, educators are pushing to engage students in a larger community than that of the classroom (Mahfood, Astuto, Olliges, & Suits, 2005, p. 10). With that comes its own issues. For example, many schools provide students with email addresses and many teachers push students to publish work using websites, wikis, blogs, and infographics (Mahfood et al., 2005, p. 10) creating open opportunities for students to be a part of a larger community where others can read, copy, and even republish their work.

This same concern can be used the other way around as well. All of those involved with education, whether a student, parent, teacher, or administrator need to understand the ease of which technology provides everyone with the ability to copy, create, and publish material. Students are not always worried about where their information comes from and how they may cite their sources when trying to complete an assignment. Following guidelines created by the ITSE and opening a new mindset to cyberethics in education will help set students, teachers, and administrators up for success when using technology.

Annotated Bibliography

International Society for Technology in Education. (2017). ISTE standard for students.    

International Society for Technology in Education.

  • The ISTE has created guidelines for students, teachers, and administrators to follow while using the emerging technologies in the classroom.

Mahfood, S., Astuto, A., Olliges, R., and Suits, B. (2005). Cyberethics social ethics

teaching in educational technology programs. Communication Research Trends,' 24(4), Communication Research Trends, 1-21.'

  • The authors of this article analyze the issues related to technology, ethics, and society.This article explains the various impacts of cyberethics within the classroom with a focus on intellectual property, privacy, and anonymity in cyberspace.

Pirillo and Fitz. Plagiarism [Cartoon] Grammarly. Retrieved from

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