• Dallas ISD and Harry Stone Montessori Academy
     
    Index No.:  Board Exhibit (2) 363.2 Subject Ref.: Instruction
     
    ONLINE CODE OF ETHICS 
     
    In the Dallas ISD, it is important to use information and technology in safe, 
    legal, and responsible ways. We embrace these conditions as facets of being a digital citizen and 
    strive to help students develop a positive digital footprint.
     
    1. Students accessing or using Web 2.0 products including but not limited to blogs, wikis, 
    podcasts, Google applications and Moodle for student assignments are required to keep 
    personal information out of their postings.
     
    2. Students will select online names that are appropriate and will consider the information 
    and images that are posted online at an age appropriate level.  
     
    3. Students will not log in to the network as another classmate. 
     
    4. Students using Web 2.0 tools will treat these tools as a classroom space.  Speech that is 
    inappropriate for class is not appropriate on Web 2.0 tools.  Students are expected to treat 
    others and their ideas online with respect. 
     
    5. Assignments on Web 2.0 tools are like any other assignment in school.  Students, in the 
    course of completing the assignment, are expected to abide by policies and procedures in 
    the student handbook, including those policies regarding plagiarism and acceptable use of 
     
    6. Student blogs are to be a forum for student expression; however, they are first and 
    foremost a tool for learning.  The district may restrict speech for valid educational 
    reasons as outlined in board policy. 
     
    7. Students will not use the Internet, in connection with the teacher assignments, to harass, 
    discriminate, bully or threaten the safety of others. If students receive a comment on a 
    blog or other Web 2.0 tool used in school that makes them feel uncomfortable or is not 
    respectful, they must report this to a teacher, and must not respond to the comment. 
     
    8. Students accessing Web 2.0 tools from home or school, using school equipment, 
    will not download or install any software without permission, and not click on ads or 
     
    9. Students should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, interpreting and expressing 
    information for the benefit of others.  Always identify sources and test the accuracy of 
    information from all sources. 
     
    10. Students will treat information, sources, subjects, colleagues and information consumers 
    as people deserving of respect.  Gathering and expressing information should never cause 
    harm or threaten to be harmful to any person or group of people. 
     
    11. Students are accountable to their readers, listeners and viewers and to each other.  Admit 
    mistakes and correct them promptly.  Expose unethical information and practices of 
     
    12. School board policies concerning acceptable use of electronic technology include the use 
    of these Web 2.0 tools for school activities (Policy 622 – Copyright Policy and Policy 
    634 – Electronic Technologies Acceptable Use). 
     
    13. Failure to follow this code of ethics will result in academic sanctions and/or disciplinary 
     
     
    Date Adopted: August 26, 2013