Upon first glance at this assignment, I wasn’t sure that I would be able to find any ethical issues to write about. After reading the AECT Code of Ethics, it was clear that I was completely misunderstanding the idea of ethical use of educational technology. Once I understood the AECT Code of Ethics, it was easy to see ethics code violations in a number of different situations.
The issue of how much educational technology is too much for students has always been an important one to me. I see the whole gamut in my school, from “I don’t want to touch it”, to “Gotta have it, 24/7”. Neither approach is particularly effective in the classroom, so the pursuit of balance is a never-ending quest. I had not considered this an ethical issue until I tackled this assignment. In addition, I had never before analyzed my concerns as thoroughly as I have now. This has been a very beneficial exercise in studying and defining a professional ethics issue. Now that I have a better grasp of the problem, I believe it will be easier to find an efficacious solution. I included some possible solutions in the paper, which you can read here.
It is easy to see that the educator who has a strong grasp of the definition of educational technology and the Code of Ethics will have an easier go of it in the classroom and when seeking funding and administrative support. The principles addressed in both the AECT definition and the Code can and should be applied in a myriad of educational circumstances in order to enhance student growth.