AT #4 Etiquette and Awareness
Etiquette for working with people with disabilities: One of the major points I want to remember and incorporate into my psyche is that “language should emphasize the person first, not the disability.” I think that actual practice or simulations using this type of language would be helpful for educators.
The Etiquette Quiz brought to light quite a few scenarios that I have personally experienced, such as working with Deaf students and how to get their attention, or asking if a Deaf student understood something.
Tip of the day: Don’t be embarrassed, just ask!
I found a number of useful references at the Maine Cite website, including links to demonstrations, local agencies, and assistive technology that is available for purchase, rental, or even available free in some cases. One of the resources that was interesting included several articles and links to web accessibility: sites that are accessible, readable, and browse-able for people with disabilities as well as tips for web design that incorporates “universal design” models.
Annotation of Etiquette and Awareness Sites–I found these sites useful and informative:
1. Teaching Students with Disabilities
Offers a succinct overview of types odisabilities and the types of accommodations a teacher can make to provide an inclusive and productive environment for all students. Many of the accommodations are simple solutions that can have profound impact on a classroom environment.
2. Ultimate Guide to Special Needs Teaching: 100+ Resources and Links
This site has a wealth of resources for working with students in a variety of settings. The way the site is organized by type of disability is exceptionally useful. There is information and resources on Social Interactions, Appropriate Language in the Classroom, Safety, the Importance of Life Skills, and tips and resources for Inviting Special Needs Students Into a Traditional Classroom.
3. The Core Rules of Netiquette
This site offers detailed practical advice for a general audience on the core rules of online etiquette. The concept of “remember the human” is especially important in an online environment. The tips for using proper grammar and spelling, avoiding vulgar and obscene language, and the use of emoticons is covered in more detail, and examples are provided. This is an excellent tool for use with students.
4. RFC 1855: Netiquette Guidelines
This site offers detailed and comprehensive information about Internet etiquette and is a useful resource for Internet-savvy people who want to brush up on their own etiquette, in case they’ve been writing in ALL CAPS for their entire life. Waiting overnight to reply to an e-mail is also an insightful reminder.
5. Social Netiquette for Social Networking
This site offers good suggestions for using a variety of social networking tools including Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, Ning, and more. Some of the general rules of Internet etiquette are the same, but there are some rules for social networking that are unique to certain applications: the “poke,” “friend requests,” “tags,” “twittering,” “shouts,” and more. A good rule of thumb is to lurk and see what a particular site is doing before jumping in.
As a high school librarian, I need to do more to instruct students in social networking etiquette. These sites offer some great starting points for ideas for future information literacy lessons.