ERIC Number: ED348989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Ethical Use of Information Technologies in Education: Important Issues for America's Schools.
Sivin, Jay P.; Bialo, Ellen R.
In response to the rapid growth of computer crime and such illegitimate practices as piracy and fraud, the National Institute of Justice and the Office for Educational Research and Improvement have formed a partnership to promote school programs on the ethical uses of new technologies. This report, the first of the partnership, is designed to assist schools in preparing a strategy to address technology-related issues. It begins by presenting six possible scenarios to illustrate the importance of policies and educational programs to address such issues as physical and intellectual property rights, the right to privacy, and limitations on the right to free expression. It then offers an overview of technology ethics issues for teachers, school administrators, and members of the community concerned about school policy, and explores the answers to four questions: (1) why technology issues are important for U.S. society; (2) how information technology can change what is considered to be ethical behavior; (3) why so many students find the concept of intellectual property confusing; and (4) what schools can do to address these problems. Discussion of what schools can do focuses on defining and implementing school policy and incorporating technology ethics issues into the curriculum. Additional information is presented in four "boxes": (1) The Impact of Computer-Related Crime; (2) Information Technology and the Law; (3) Cost-Effective Purchasing Options for Schools; and (4) Teaching Ideas from the Computer Learning Foundation's Responsible Computing Contest. Nineteen endnotes are provided as well as a list of 43 references; a list of 10 associations and agencies to contact for further information is appended. (BBM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers; Community
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Law and Justice, Inc., Alexandria, VA.