Ethics in Grade Schools

A homework assignment in CS 3604 (Professionalism in Computing) in Fall 1998 challenged the participants to develop a curriculum and lessons plans for teaching "Computer Ethics" in grade schools. The three best submissions are reproduced here:


The assignment:

Background:

The Commonwealth of Virginia is planning to begin requiring students in grades 5 and 8 to attainment "Standards of Learning" in Computer/Technology. Missing from these lists of skills is any mention of an understanding of the the ethics of the use of computers. Montgomery County has developed a set of Appropriate Usage Agreements that students and parents must sign before the student can use the school computers.

Assignment:

  1. What are the special problems of ethics and conduct that are potentially associated with using a computer in grade schools?
  2. How would you propose to teach a code of computer ethics/conduct/practice to students in grade schools?
  3. What specific topics would you address?
  4. How would you present these topics in a manner that grade school students would understand, appreciate and remember?
  5. When is it inappropriate to introduce issues that may arouse a student's interest in a topic?
  6. Should these topics be presented in a single class or should they become a part of several classes when specific topics are covered? For example, should Netiquette be a part of a class on the Internet, or a part of a more general class?
  7. Develop lesson plan(s), including purpose, objectives, topical overview, activities, readings, projects, and assignments for either grade 5 or grade 8.


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© J.A.N. Lee, 1998.