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INTERACTIVE CASE STUDIES

Explore important topics in Internet use at school or at home. These guided, multimedia activities allow you to examine issues affecting schoolwork, class papers, entertainment activities and online safety.

Wireless   Social Networking   Digital Permanence   Cyberbullying   Misinformation   Fair Use   Privacy   Music Downloading



Wireless
Everything You Need to Know About Wireless

An understanding of the wonderful world of wireless will help the young people avoid any pitfalls that may arise from using laptops, smart phones, and PDAs. And if they are going to be using wireless technology it doesn't hurt if they understand how it works.

Case Study Start the Case Study





Social Networking
Social Networking: Don't Give Yourself Away
It's very popular for young people to meet and connect online at sites like MySpace.com. However, an awareness of the risks and steps for being safe can ensure a positive experience with social networking. Don’t give yourself away!

The following links are for school use:
School Use Classroom Version
For Teacher Teacher Guide (.pdf)

The following links are for home use:
Home Use Home Version
For Parents Parent Guide (.pdf)
For Parents Guía para padres y madres en español (.pdf)





Digital Permanence
Digital Permanence: Forever is a Long Time
These days, what goes up online, often stays online. It may not be where it was initially posted, or in the same format, or it may disappear and resurface somewhere else – even though it’s digital, it can still be permanent. Ensure that what you post won’t get you in trouble or affect the online impression you make.

The following links are for school use:
School Use Classroom Version
For Teacher Teacher Guide (.pdf)

The following links are for home use:
Home Use Home Version
For Parents Parent Guide (.pdf)
For Parents Guía para padres y madres en español (.pdf)





Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying: Not Just Name-Calling
Harassment and humiliation take on new forms in Cyberspace. Learn about the consequences, actions and reactions of using cell phones, the Internet and other digital devices to bully one's peers.

The following links are for school use:
School Use Classroom Version
For Teacher Teacher Guide (.pdf)

The following links are for home use:
Home Use Home Version
For Parents Parent Guide (.pdf)
For Parents Guía para padres y madres en español (.pdf)





Misinformation
Misinformation - Truth or Spoof?
With no central authority or librarian to help students separate valid information from junk online, assessing the credibility of a site is an important part doing internet research.

The following links are for school use:
School Use Classroom Version
For Teacher Teacher Guide (.pdf)

The following links are for home use:
Home Use Home Version
For Parents Parent Guide (.pdf)
For Parents Guía para padres y madres en español (.pdf)





Fair Use
Fair Use - Beg, Borrow or Steal?
Understanding the fair use exemption to copyright law is critical for students who routinely mine the Internet for digital media for class projects, research papers, and other educational purposes.

The following links are for school use:
School Use Classroom Version
For Teacher Teacher Guide (.pdf)

The following links are for home use:
Home Use Home Version
For Parents Parent Guide (.pdf)
For Parents Guía para padres y madres en español (.pdf)

School UseHome Use Download a copy of Power to Learn's Quick Guide to Fair Use (.pdf)




Keeping Personal Information Private
Keeping Personal Info Private
Establishing basic guidelines for Internet use is the first step in ensuring students' online safety. Learn what information should and shouldn't be shared online and appropriate interaction with online "friends."

The following links are for school use:
 Classroom Version
 Teacher Guide (.pdf)
 Rule Maker for the Classroom

The following links are for home use:
 Home Version
 Parent Guide (.pdf)
For Parents Guía para padres y madres en español (.pdf)
 Create the Rules
 Internet Use Contract - Child
 Internet Use Contract - Parent




Music Downloading
Music Downloading - Paying the Piper
Educating students about the legal and ethical aspects of illegal downloading offers the best opportunity to minimize the ethics gap which allows otherwise law-abiding kids to break the rules.

The following links are for school use:
 Classroom Version
 Teacher Guide (.pdf)
 Support the Arts - Buy Music Sign (.pdf)


The following links are for home use:
 Home Version
 Parent Guide (.pdf)
For Parents Guía para padres y madres en español (.pdf)
 Support the Arts - Buy Music Iron On (.pdf)


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