The following LARK guidelines are designed to provide users with an ethical framework to use digital tools in a way that supports their learning.
Legal (Respect and protect intellectual properties)
- Abide by copyright laws and “fair use” when using text, images, audio or video and credit is given to all sources.
- Use parenthetical citation and cite sources to create authentic work and avoid plagiarism.
- Use Creative Commons licensed media instead of copyrighted media where possible.
- Use only legally acquired software, music and other media.
- Get permission to record and publish images or video of others.
- Use only accounts that have been created by you or for your use and follow the guidelines in the user agreement.
Appropriate (Digital footprint)
- Access media that is focused on learning and is fitting for the academic environment.
- Create content that demonstrates learning, and contributes positively to your digital footprint.
- Communicate in collaborative online spaces in a way that represents yourself and the school in a positive manner and respects others.
Responsible (Protect yourself and others)
- Use cell phones for educational purposes when requested by teachers.
- Keep personal accounts and passwords private and secure.
- Share only personal information, images and materials that do not put you at risk
- Find an appropriate way to identify yourself, depending on the situation, when creating content, communicating and collaborating.
Kind (Respect yourself and others)
- Respect others when sharing and collaborating in online spaces using electronic devices so as not to engage in bullying behavior.