4 Ways the Digital World is the Death of Ethical Practices in Education
(KSL) The best way to learn how to be a good citizen is to be a good citizen, while the best way to practice integrity is to practice integrity, says Frank Gormlie, founder of the socially conscious website “Rags to Riches”.
Students will soon realize that the game of online world is fast changing, and the information age is affecting the game of social justice and this will be the driving force behind an ever-increasing student movement. So why not make the tools used in the online world an ethical tool to educate students? 4 digital tools that have high integrity standards.
Today’s teens are digital natives who are embracing social media, smartphones, and tablets, as well as their laptops and personal computers, which allows for an endless amount of online communication and information access. While this makes it easier for youth to have easy access to resources on the go, it can also create an atmosphere that is unethically gray area to some.
“Digital tools can be used for good or for bad, depending on what actions students choose to take and how they use these tools,” says Gormlie.
Digital tools have a place in school classrooms, but they can also help keep students from unethical behavior. “You can use apps, like the Bank Robbery app, on your smartphone or tablet to teach students how the transaction went down,” says Gormlie.
Gormlie was inspired to create the Bank Robbery app while incarcerated after he played the “game” with a bank employee in support of a participating cause, The Tibet Project. At the time, he was a volunteer with the nonprofit group and decided to find a way to use his computer skills in a way that furthered social justice. From this experience, he devised a curriculum for the students of the Tim Hardin Jr. High School in Beaumont, Texas. The technology developed by Gormlie’s students has been distributed to several other students in the Texas public school system.
Another digital tool that can be used with students to teach integrity is the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB). Gormlie’s kids are learning about and understanding consumer protection laws, while providing support to the CFPB by reading each and every blog entry and resource for a student’s project. This is just one example of how students can use their mobile device and tablets as an investigative tool and an educational tool to help students understand a subject more effectively.
Finally, schools are using digital tools for strategic compliance, such as the Compliance and Ethics Compliance Expert Prep Course, by Ann Burroughs, and the Investigator’s Defense Center’s Partner Course, by Michael Wolfe.
“Digital tools can also be used for ethical education to get a handle on what is good and what is not,” says Gormlie. “Teachers should teach their students both the value of such tools and the dilemmas that students can get into when using them.”
And what a great learning experience that could be.
For more information on the Life’s Trouble Series “Ethical Lessons from History: How to Make the Right Choices for a Better Tomorrow” as well as other resources, go to www.Lifestroughtrouble.com.