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Thursday
Nov142013

Ethics scenarios - made better!

One of my favorite t-shirt saying is "I need minions." While I don't have minions, I do have some very smart and thoughtful Blue Skunk readers who leave great comments. Since I am at AASL this week and may not have a lot of time to get much original writing done, I'm sharing a couple guest posts.

This email came last week. I always love it when some takes something I've done - and done it better! 

Hi Doug,
 
I heard you speak at our State Library Conference many moons ago (I honestly don't remember the year...) Anyway, at the time you shared case studies involving ethical dilemmas re: the use of technology.  I have adapted and used those case studies for years now (with great success).  In fact, am presenting a (short) round table on them this November 2013 at the MI Assoc of Media in Education (MAME) Conference in Kalamazoo. 
 
Thank you for YOUR case studies, providing the impetus to get me started on this, and most of all for the 'germ' of the idea.
 
I've attached what I am presenting at the Round Table. 
 
I hope you approve of my Paying It Forward Professionally.
 
Martha
...
Martha J. Spear mspear@berkleyschools.org
Library Media Specialist
Berkley High School

This shared GoogleDocs folder containing Martha's materials  (The folder includes an extensive list of scenarios, benchmarks for state and national standards, a worksheet/activity guide (below), and Martha's presentation outline and notes Be sure to read each of them.) Thank you for sharing and paying it forward.- Doug)

DIRECTIONS :

Round 1:
1 group; answer questions 1­6 …

Round 2:
2 groups; answer questions 7­9 … 

Round 3:
4 groups; answer questions 10­13

 

­­­­Technology Ethics Case Studies Work Sheet

Student Name ___________________________________________________
Student Name __________________________________________________
1. What is the number and title of your Case Study ? 
2. Who is hurt in this Case Study ? Why or how ? 
3. Who is helped in this Case Study ? Why or how ? 
4. Does it violate any BHS rules? If yes, why or how?
5. Does your Case Study violate any Michigan or United States Law/s? If yes, why or how ? 
6. On the following scale, how ‘bad’ is this Case Study?
         1                               2                     3                      4                                5
not wrong at all           kinda wrong         wrong           very wrong         call the ethics police!

ROUND 2 (2 groups join and share their Case Studies)
7. What is the number and title of the new (different) Case Study ? 
8. On the following scale, how ‘bad’ is this Case Study?
         1                               2                     3                      4                                5
not wrong at all           kinda wrong         wrong           very wrong         call the ethics police!
9. Based upon the rating for your original case study, is the new case study worse or better… Why?

ROUND 3 (2 groups join another 2 groups and share their Case Studies)
10. What is the number and title of the 2 new (different) Case Studies, a & b ? 
11. On the following scale, how ‘bad’ is Case Study “a”?
         1                               2                     3                      4                                5
not wrong at all           kinda wrong         wrong           very wrong         call the ethics police!
12. On the following scale, how ‘bad’ is Case Study “b” ?
         1                               2                     3                      4                                5
not wrong at all           kinda wrong         wrong           very wrong         call the ethics police!
13. Choosing the ‘worst’ case study, explain what would be the worst outcome and why you rated it so high.

 

 

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