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Using Digital Content

​How Do I Use Digital Content Properly?

    • Cite your sources properly.  There is a proper format for citing websites, be sure to check with your teacher-librarian and use a style guide.
    • Use publicly available Internet materials that have been posted online by content creators without any technological protection measures, such as passwords, and without a clearly visible notice prohibiting educational use, such as a watermark.

Computer-icon.pngThe Media Folder ("M Drive")

The M Drive (M:) of school computers contains a large collection of copyright free material such as video clips, copyright cleared music and images.  You can access this media folder by double clicking the "Computer" icon on your Desktop and choosing Media Share (M:). Feel free to use any of the content you find on the M Drive.


While You Tube offers a lot of wonderful content, avoid content that is pirated and posted without the consent of the original creator.  Look for content where people have truly "broadcast themselves."  More information is available by reading the YouTube terms of service.

Fair Use

Fair use refers to the copying of limited amounts of fully copyright protected sources if you are offering commentary on the original source.  More information on fair use is available at Balanced Copyright.

Social Media

socialmedia.pngSocial media such as Facebook and Twitter provides a great way to stay in touch with friends and colleagues.  When used appropriately it can build and strengthen professional and personal relationships. However, because social media is not a face to face communication certain people feel it's okay to behave differently than they would when in the same room as other people. When communicating online it's important to consider the following:

    • Written text online can be stored as a permanent record and can not be easily taken back

    • You can be judged but what you type online just as the things you say when speaking in person

    • It can be hard to determine tone of voice when reading written words so you can be misinterpreted as being angry or rude at times when you are "just kidding"

Protecting Yourself Online

Always be sure to protect your identity while online.

    • Avoid revealing information about your real name and location.  If you must provide an address consider entering a fake one.

    • Avoid posting personal pictures online.  If you have the option of posting a profile picture choose to post a picture of your favorite animal, or a hobby.

    • Beware that people can represent themselves online as being very different than they really are.

Media Literacy

Medial literacy requires carefully considering the messages and information delivered by media such as television, advertisements, posters and websites.  It is important to evaluate media in terms of bias, accuracy, authority and currency. More information on media literacy is available by visiting the Association for Media Literacy.

Handheld/Mobile Devices

Hand held devices such as cell phones and e-Readers are becoming more common as learning tools in classrooms. As a part of digital citizenship it must be understood that these devices can only be used in a classroom when instructed by a teacher.

During lessons where hand held devices are being used stay focussed on the task and resist using your hand held device for personal use such as texting and checking email which is not a part of the teacher's instructions.

    • Privacy of Others: A large number of handheld devices now include cameras. Be considerate of the privacy of others. Taking pictures or video of other people without their knowledge can be inappropriate especially if the intent is to share that content on the internet.