Welcome to the HSTE Project Digital Citizen Wikispace


The purpose of this Wikispace is to explore the "Right Way" and "Wrong Way" to use the internet, blogs, wikis, email and Social Networking websites. Many students use the internet to communicate with their friends. Popular sites such as Facebook or Myspace are used by many students on a daily basis. The majority of students also have cell phones and text message or instant message (IM) their friends. So the question is this: Do you know how properly use technology and Social Networking tools safely and effectively?

As a member of the HSTE Project you will be working in Cyberspace and you will become familiar with the Blogosphere. We will be working in Secure Educational Networking Sites such as the HSTE Project Ning Educational Network website . You will notice that you may access but not join our Ning website until you are approved by the Administrator and are granted access. This is just one method that we will be using to protect your identity and your access to people who are not approved to participate in the HSTE Project.

Our goal is to use the online Web 2.0 resources that are available to us in the classroom in a safe manner and become a good Digital Citizen.

Students who are participating in the HSTE Project will be required to sign and abide by the HISD Acceptable Use of Computers & Networks Policy at all times while in the classroom or outside of the classroom when working on the HSTE Project.

Digital Etiquette or Netequette

Digital Etiquette :" electronic standards of conduct or procedure. Technology leaders will recognize this area as one of the most pressing problems when dealing with digital citizenship. What is appropriate and inappropriate electronic behavior? We recognize inappropriate behavior when we see it, but schools seldom teach digital etiquette (i.e., appropriate conduct) as part of the regular curriculum. Outside school, violations of digital etiquette are ignored. Inside schools, we create rules and regulation or even ban the technology that is being used inappropriately. It is not enough to create rules and policy, we must teach students to become responsible digital citizens in school as well as in society."

The Student Code Of Conduct

Students will also be required to read and follow the Student Code of Conduct when working on the HSTE Project.

Digital Citizenship
Hereford ISD Acceptable Use of Computers and Networks Policy
digiteen wikispace
Horizon Project 2008 Sharing Personal Information
Kansas State University Digital Citizenship website
techLEARNING Digital Citizenship blog
Cyber Smart Digital Citizen website
Digital Citizenship Using Technology Appropriately
Cnet News Developing Safe and Smart Internet Citizens
Be Web Aware Internet Addiction Tips for Parents
New Horizons for Learning Instant Messaging: Friend or Foe of Student Writing?

VoiceThread on Digital Citizenship by Wesley Fryer

Ustream TV

Ustream Video of a presentation to students on Digital Citizenship
Note: This video has a running time close to 1 hour.


What is Cyberbullying? Tom Wood's Complete Guide to Stop Cyberbullying It is saying or posting something on the internet that is mean or offensive to someone else. Do you know someone who has been a victim of Cyberbullying? Have you been a victim of Cyberbullying? The HSTE Project will have a ZERO Tolerance Policy with respect to this type of offensive conduct directed at anyone.

Cyberbullying can be sending unwanted emails to someone over and over again. Emails that contain threats, sexual remarks, provocative or suggestive subject lines intended to offend someone are examples of Cyberbullying. Cyberbullies can say things about someone on Social Networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace with the intent of hurting a person's reputation by spreading rumors or lies to many people who could potentially view those postings.

Most people while they were growing up have probably been bullied by someone at school, but they got away from the bully when the left school and got home with their family and friends. Cyberbullying does not stop at school but

Wikipedia Definition of Cyberbullying
Stop Cyberbullying Now! Website
NetSmartz Workshop Real Life Stories
US Cert - National Cyber Alert System
The University of Oklahoma Keeping Kids Safe Online Website

School Email

HSTE Project students and all students at Hereford High School have access to HISD School Email . School email is a tool to communicate with your teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and other HISD school employees. Responsible use of school email is a must. You may not use the school email system to email to any email address outside of the HISD email system. It will not allow you to email to someone who has a Gmail, AOL, Yahoo or other email addresses.

1. Always put a subject in the subject line. Emails without a subject should not be opened as this is a way that some spammers use to transmit computer viruses. NEVER OPEN AN EMAIL WITHOUT A SUBJECT.

2. Do use the email to communicate with your Team Members, Section Leader, Project Manager, Mr. Peters or any of your other teachers. You may not use your school email, or any other email account you have to contact any HSTE Project Partner outside of our secure websites.

3. Do not use the school email to just say "Hi" to your friends. The reason that you have a school email account is for you to ask your teachers about school related assignments and issues.