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Intellectual Freedom

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S: Intellectual Freedom in American K-12 Schools

FC: Intellectual Freedom in K-12 American Schools | First book in the Intellectual Freedom Series

1: Copyright 2010 by Glynda Pflieger | Intellectual Freedom in K-12 American Schools | First book in the Intellectual Freedom Series

2: Children and young adults unquestionably possess First Amendment rights, including the right to receive information through the library in print, nonprint, or digital format. ~Free Access to Libraries for Minors~ An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

3: Table of Contents 1.Intellectual Freedom 4 2.Schools & CIPA 6 3.Challenged & Banned Books 8 4.Social Media 10 5.Role of the School Librarian 12 6.Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) 14 7. Teacher Instructions 16 7.Resources & Citations 18

4: Intellectual Freedom

5: The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects the freedom of speech for all citizens. This is interpreted as intellectual freedom, the right to view, create, and share information and ideas from all points of view and in all formats.

6: Schools & CIPA

7: The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all schools and libraries receiving funds from the government through the Communications Act of 1934 or the Museum and Library Services Act (LSTA) to have an Internet safety policy. The policy must include some type of Internet filtering or blocking software to protect children from material that is determined to be pornographic, obscene, or harmful to minors.

8: Challenged & Banned Books

9: A book is challenged when a person or group objects to and attempts to have the book removed from a school or library. The materials are banned if the challenge is successful and the materials are removed restricting or preventing access to all others.

10: Social Media | In the 21st century, social media and Web 2.0 tools provide students the opportunity to engage with a global society 24/7.

11: Through social media, students are not only consuming information, but also creating and sharing information through photos, blogs, wikis, and streaming videos. With the plethora of information and opportunities to participate in discussions with experts and collaborate with other students from around the world, they are becoming global citizens prepared for a global future.

12: Role of the School Librarian

13: Teacher librarians provide students with opportunities to learn the critical thinking skills they need to navigate the online environment and nurture their digital footprints. They also have a responsibility to defend students' First Amendment rights.

14: Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) | An Internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is essential for all school districts. The policy should explain expected behavior and consequences for student use of the Internet.

15: To provide students with an opportunity for a 21st century education, the policy should include access to Web 2.0 tools. A component for Internet safety and instruction should include individual privacy and etiquette. To protect students First Amendment Rights, the policy should also include a procedure to provide access to incorrectly filtered sites of educational value.

16: Teacher Instructions In teacher assigned groups, you will write an eBook to be added to our class Intellectual Freedom Series. Each group will select a different topic from this eBook’s Table of Contents. Each group member will accept primary responsibility for a specific role for creating the eBook. Each group will have a minimum of the following three roles: content expert, graphic artist, and editor. All group members will be responsible for the final completed book.

17: 1. After selecting a topic and deciding individual roles, each group member will open a Mixbook account to collaboratively create a new eBook. 2. The editor will initially create the book and share with the other members. 3. Each book will include a minimum of ten pages to include: Title page with copyright information, Table of Contents, and Citation (MLA) page. 4. After completing the book, the editor will invite the teacher and teacher-librarian to be a contributor for final approval. 5. Embed your eBook into our class website in the order of this eBook’s Table of Contents.

18: Resources & Citations |

19: Note: The Citations on the preceding page are under construction and will be in MLA format.

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Glynda Pflieger
  • By: Glynda P.
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About This Mixbook

  • Title: Intellectual Freedom
  • The basics of Intellectual Freedom for students. Knowledge and education will help prevent unnecessary censorship of books, websites, and topics for research.
  • Tags: censorship if aasl
  • Started: over 7 years ago
  • Updated: over 7 years ago