Educational Design and Technology

Social Responsibility

Kinds with computers, flags from around the world

Students seek multiple perspectives and use information and ideas expressed in any format in a safe, responsible, and ethical manner


The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.

The student who is socially responsible with regard to information understands that access to information is basic to the functioning of a democracy. That student seeks out information from a diversity of viewpoints, scholarly traditions, and cultural perspectives in an attempt to arrive at a reasoned and informed understanding of issues. The student realizes that equitable access to information from a range of sources and in all formats is a fundamental right in a democracy.

Indicator 1. Seeks information from diverse sources, contexts, disciplines, and cultures

Indicator 2. Respects the principle of equitable access to information.

[From: American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology
Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning – Standards and Indicators external link PDF file icon
(49.7KB), 1998 ]

Additional Reading
Riedling, Ann Marlow. Helping Teachers Teach Students about Ethical Behavior. Teacher Librarian 30.5: 42, 2003. 

Simpson, Carol. Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide. 4th ed. Linworth Publishing, Worthington, OH, 2005. 
Explains fair use, illustrates copyright law for print materials, audiovisual, multimedia, satellite and distance learning, software and photocopying. Addresses issues of managing copyright in schools, copyright and the Internet, implications for administrators, and the importance of having a copyright policy.

Web Resources

AASL Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development external link–Copyright.

Copyright - Complete version of the U.S. Copyright Law, October 2007
[PDF format = 2.5 Mb] http://www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdfexternal link PDF file icon (1.96 MB)

Digital Citizenship and Creative Content Curriculum Outline

Online, Microsoft developed curriculum approved by ISTE and aligned with AASL Standards on creative rights in the world of digital citizenship, for raising student awareness of behavior with technology.

https://tech205.wikispaces.com/file/view/curriculumOutline.pdfexternal link PDF file icon (50 KB)

Global Education Checklist

What skills and attitudes will they need to confront future global problems? This checklist is a practical tool that teachers, curriculum developers, and school administrators, can use to gauge their work within the realm of global/international education.

http://www.globaled.org/fianlcopy.pdf external link PDF file icon (107 KB)

Net Cetera

booklet released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and other government agencies helps parents and teachers steer kids safely through the online and mobile-phone worlds.
https://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/pdf-0001-netcetera.pdf external link PDF (1.88MB)

Social Responsibility – Posting Students’ Work on the Web external link PDF file icon (PDF 26 KB)

Knowledge Quest Volume 33/Number 4 • March/April 2005


Last Updated: January 26, 2015