June 27, 2012

Digital Etiquette 101: The New Subject for Today’s 21st Century Classrooms

Educators in this digital age are tasked with preparing students for life in the 21st century – one that revolves around technology.  What better way to accomplish this then by making technology a daily part of the classroom experience with 1:1 and bring your own device (BYOD) initiatives.  But before you put students behind the wheel (or should we say touch screen) and let them go full speed ahead on the digital highway, shouldn’t you first think about teaching them the rules of the road before they are issued their digital driver’s license?

Many K-12 educators today are partnering with their state on Digital Citizenship programs which teach the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.  These state-run programs, such as the one at the University of Kentucky, teach students how to be good digital citizens and ensure they don’t abuse or misuse their digital privileges, while allowing teachers and students to realize the full benefits of digital learning.

We are seeing districts innovatively use the program to create different internet access levels.  This allows them to offer internet access appropriate to the level of responsibility they have attained – entering students have more restricted access than those progressing through the Digital Citizenship training.  It also allows schools to create incentives for demonstrating good digital etiquette.  In order for students to gain the highest access levels they have to complete certain aspects of the program.  On the flipside, if a student demonstrates poor digital citizenship they can be bumped down to a lower level or tier– the equivalent of being issued a digital speeding ticket.

As schools look to responsibly add personal devices to their school network, the networking solution chosen will be key in helping to drive and enforce the Digital Citizenship program.  With the ability to easily associate devices with individual students, Enterasys Mobile IAM accomplishes the goal of transparently providing the appropriate level of internet access to each student based on digital driver’s license programs without impacting the user experience – students just connect without having to worry about anything else. From the perspective of IT, it is as simple as moving students around the different access levels in the active directory that they are already familiar using.  There is no need to go into the networking equipment and change the setting for student access – critical for ease-of-use in a K-12 school district.

Enterasys is at ITSE 2012 in San Diego this week.  Please stop by booth #5243 for a demonstration of how Enterasys solutions can help you teach good digital etiquette to your students and help you create, manage, and enforce your Digital Citizenship program.

About The Contributor:
Bob NilssonDirector of Vertical Solutions Marketing

Bob Nilsson is the director of vertical solutions marketing at Extreme Networks. In this role, Mr. Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal Government, and Hospitality. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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