ICT Digital Citizenship and Ethics

ICT Digital Citizenship and Ethics Exam

The ICT Digital Citizenship & Ethics exam has been created, in response to customer requests, to provide an innovative program of instruction and digital literacy assessment that works well for middle schools within these digital citizen topics: Internet technologies, email browsers, communications, social media applications, cybersecurity, global awareness and digital citizenship. This program is intended to introduce digital technology literacy and prepare students for opportunities in a world of technology.

The exam for this certificate verifies the candidate's ability to identify and use Internet technologies, Websites, Web languages, browsers and other online resources and tools. Candidates will also identify the purpose, uses and benefits of copyright, fair-use guidelines, global awareness of laws, security, privacy and cultural differences as they become better digital citizens. The exam further validates the candidate's skills and understanding of email functions and etiquette, licensing rules, laws and rules regarding intellectual property. Throughout all of these topics the candidate will learn to apply safety online and practice cyber-safety techniques.

ICT Digital Citizenship and Ethics Course

The ICT Digital Citizenship and Ethics course focuses on introductory Digital Tool literacy. Students will:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the Internet, how it is used, common threats and challenges.
  • Explain navigating and validating Websites, Web languages, and Web servers.
  • Use Web browsers, including bookmarks, add-ons, cache and cookies.
  • Describe creative commons, copyright and fair use guidelines.
  • Describe online safety and practice cyber-safety techniques.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and safe practices for digital citizenship.
  • Explain global awareness, laws, security, privacy and cultural differences.
  • Explain licensing rules, laws and rights to intellectual property, copyright, fair use, plagiarism, censorship and filtering.
  • Use email functions and etiquette.
  • Create an online calendar with events and appointments.
  • Effectively communicate online using various methods and tools.
  • Explain the purpose and personal responsibility of social media sites.
ICT Digital Citizenship and Ethics

The ICT Digital Citizenship and Ethics exam objectives focus on the following areas of learning:

    Internet Awareness

  • 1.1: Define "Internet," and explain how it uses protocols and data packets to enable computers to communicate.
  • 1.2: Describe how to manage Internet usage to balance life responsibilities at home, school and work.
  • 1.3: Explain the differences in network types, including Intranet, Internet, LAN, WAN, MAN, and VPN.
  • 1.4: Describe Internet addressing, including domain names (.com, .org, .edu, .gov, .net, .mil), IP addresses and DNS.
  • 1.5: Use various search techniques including Boolean concepts.
  • 1.6: Incorporate results from Internet searches into a research project (e.g., report, summary).
  • 1.7: Explain data size (bits, bytes, etc.) and how data size can affect Internet usage.
  • 1.8: Describe how bandwidth affects Internet issues relating to Websites, including bandwidth, compression, streaming, Web hosting.
  • 1.9: Describe common threats and safe online communication techniques.
  • 1.10: Identify common Internet challenges and how adaptability and perseverance help to solve these problems.
  • 1.11: Describe and apply creativity, innovation and imagination to become a Producer of the Internet.
  • Websites

  • 2.1: Explain various navigation techniques to access information on Websites, including click, delayed, double click, mouse over, drag and drop.
  • 2.2: Explain why validation is important and determine how to validate Webpage code using W3C validation tools.
  • 2.3: Explain and identify Website evaluation techniques.
  • 2.4: Identify and explain various validating resources and when they would be used.
  • 2.5: Explain the benefits and purposes of being literate with information and digital concepts.
  • Browsers

  • 3.1: Explain HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) technology.
  • 3.2: Describe various Web browsers and Web servers
  • 3.3: Show how to navigate Websites and use bookmarks.
  • 3.4: Describe benefits of using add-ons, plug-ins and in browser apps.
  • 3.5: Explain the purpose of clearing cache and how to clear in various browsers.
  • 3.6: Explain cookies and how they are used by companies and Websites.
  • Fair Use and Creative Commons

  • 4.1: Describe creative commons Websites and how to identify these resources.
  • 4.2: Identify and apply copyright and fair use guidelines, and explain plagiarism as an ethical and legal violation.
  • 4.3: Explain copyright protection and legal consequences.
  • Online Safety/Cyber Security

  • 5.1: Identify scams, theft and risks and who is at risk.
  • 5.2: Explain data breaches and incorporate a recent data breach in a class project.
  • 5.3: Identify strong password practices and explain the purpose to others.
  • 5.4: Practice cyber-safety techniques to protect your personal information when using Internet searches, email, chat rooms and social network Websites.
  • 5.5: Explain safe practice for online safety and identify security issues.
  • 5.6: Discuss issues related to downloading music, videos or software from the Internet, including unethical vs. illegal actions.
  • Digital Citizenship Responsibilities

  • 6.1: Describe personal and social responsibility in a digital world.
  • 6.2: Describe safe posting practices and why they are important to know and follow.
  • 6.3: Explain appropriate online behavior and online etiquette.
  • 6.4: Describe the nine elements of digital citizenship and why they are important.
  • 6.5: Define digital footprint and how to manage.
  • 6.6: Describe cyberbullying.
  • 6.7: Describe how interpersonal skills are vital to your digital citizenship.
  • Global Awareness

  • 7.1: Describe the global digital citizens awareness
  • 7.2: Compare and contrast various laws around the world, including privacy, security, and social laws.
  • 7.3: Identify cultural differences that could affect online activity and responsibility.
  • 7.4: Identify individual responsibility for words and actions, and accepting consequences.
  • 7.5: Define digital literacy and the benefits and drawbacks.
  • 7.6: Define global awareness and your responsibility in an online global community.
  • Licensing Rules, Laws, Rights

  • 8.1: Describe intellectual property (IP) and IP Rights and who protects these rights.
  • 8.2: Compare and contrast rules for copyright and fair use.
  • 8.3: Explain censorship and filtering.
  • 8.4: Describe blocking and how to develop rules for implementation at home, school and work.
  • 8.5: Explain plagiarism laws and detection.
  • Email

  • 9.1: Define "email," and describe its functions and etiquette.
  • 9.2: Explain email addresses, messages and groups.
  • 9.3: Explain the purpose and proper use of email components.
  • 9.4: Attach a file to an email message, including documents, images and hyperlinks.
  • 9.5: Describe folders, spam, junk mail, archive, trash etc., and how to manage these email items.
  • 9.6: Create an address book
  • Calendaring

  • 10.1: Compare and contrast various calendars and features.
  • 10.2: Create calendar events and appointments.
  • 10.3: Create a recurring event
  • 10.4: Create an invitation to an event, including purpose, audience, etc.
  • 10.5: Explain the purpose of calendars and functionality.
  • Communications

  • 11.1: Describe how effective communication methods change depending on the situation and apply these methods. Methods include email, text, Webinars VOIP, phone, chat and conferences.
  • 11.2: Identify various collaboration tools and effective implementation based on situation.
  • 11.3: Identify various shared storage sites (SharePoint, Google, Dropbox, etc.), and the advantages and disadvantages.
  • 11.4: Compare and contrast various Web and video conference applications and their purposes (i.e. VOIP, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, etc.)
  • 11.5: Describe streaming services for audio, video, downloading and how to implement.
  • Social Media

  • 12.1: Describe what an online persona is, how it is created and branded.
  • 12.2: Explain your personal responsibility to others on social media.
  • 12.3: Identify differences between and explain the purposes of internal sites (i.e. school or business) and open media sites (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.)
  • 12.4: Describe and explain the purposes of, and create forums, blogs and wikis.
  • 12.5: Explain the effects, consequences and risks of cyber-bullying.
  • 12.6: Explain how a person uses social media can effect their future.
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