I posted this list of tech ten commandments. It’s a great list, a way to generally address how to make friends with your computer and the geeks who take care of it for you.
Here’s another list, focused on Lutheran principles. Just as good with a few changes.
The 10 Lutheran Tech Commandments (in new standard version)
1. Technology must be Christ-Centered.
What does this mean: Everything we do, must be to the glory of God
2. Be a Digital Citizen: No Yelling at or Hitting the Technology.
What does this mean: The output of the tools are dependent on the input. If it is not turning on, plug it in!
3. Remember to Save.
What does this mean: SAVE EARLY and OFTEN!!!!!
4. Honor the Computer Lab Rules
What does this mean: Be respectful to the rules set forth your use. Read Rob Jacklin’s Learning from the “Rules” Blog Post
5. Do not click on pop-up ads.
What does this mean: When it states you can win a free iPad, it is a lie! You can’t, so don’t click on it, even if you think it is cool. You could be downloading a virus instead.
What does this mean: Although no filter is enough to prevent Satan, keep the net to catch as many bad fish as you can.
7. Creative Commons Protection.
What does this mean: DO NOT STEAL or download illegal music, pictures, or anything that you did not create. Ok to use if it has the creative commons attribute.
8. Be a Digital Citizen: No Cyber-bullying.
What does this mean: Behave online as you should behave offline. You leave a trace, even if you think it is protected.
9. Appreciate New Tools.
What does this mean: DO NOT BE LIKE ME, who wants everything that is the latest and coolest tool out there.
10. Appreciate those you can learn from.
What does this mean: Use your PLN, Learn from them, but do not be greedy, give back to those who have taught you something.
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.