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Email

  1. Subject Field: A brief relevant subject reference should be present.
  2. Spelling & Grammar: Accurate spelling and good grammar are signs of professionalism
  3. Greetings: Like any business communication, an email should begin with a greeting.
  4. Emoticons: Be wary of using them in messages to people you do not know well.

Postings

  1. Think Before you Post: A posting is forever. Think first, type second.
  2. Respect you Audience's Time: Do not post irrelevant items in forums designed for specific subject matters
  3. Respect the Bandwith: Not everyone is dying to wait for your iMovie of the two-headed goat to download.
  4. Do Unto Others: Publishing hurtful or untrue comments is not only unkind it is unprofessional. Are you sure your boss won't know?

Blogs:

  1. Identify Yourself: Any writer should identify who they are and why anyone should read what they are writing.
  2. Respect All Copyrights: Publishing to the Web is publishing. If you didn't produce it, it isn't yours to use as you see fit.
  3. Cite/ Quote:Borrowing someone else's arguments to support your own is a good idea. Doing it without giving proper credit it plagiarism.
  4. Respect Email: Being on an email list does not make that list yours. Do not, ever, read one not addressed to you.
  5. No Spam: Spam wastes time, bandwith, and storage space.

Web Sites

  1. Design: Consistent use of color, alignment, and fonts will mark you as a professional.
  2. Readability: With billions of web sites to choose from a site that is difficult to read will be dismissed like the fine print on a laundry label.
  3. Legibility: Use fonts and type styles that are legible as well as readable. That yellow text might sound cool in theory, but can anyone tell what it says?
  4. Accuracy: The information you post needs to be factually accurate. If you do not know, do not post.

Introduction to Internet Etiquette

As educators aspiring to teach technology to high school students you need to be cognizant of Network Etiquette. First so you maintain a professional bearing in front of your students, and second, so you can teach these rules to a student body that will have their entire futures vesting on their ability to live and work in the digital environment.

With any profession standards of behavior exist for business communications. For educators, the ability to effectively employ the different internet communications tools is critical to success. To be successful, an educator needs to keep the standards and rules for using the internet in mind. Those rules have evolved into loosely codified form of behavior; Internet Etiquette, or Netiquette. There are four main ways we communicate over the web; email, discussion group postings, web logs (Blogs), and web sites. With each, it is important to know what is considered acceptable and what is not. What is acceptable on a blog, or example, is not okay in an email to a student or parent. The formality necessary when writing copy for a university web site may not be required when posting to your blog.

Netiquette is ignored at your own risk. Just as when you meet someone in person, your cyber identity is established at first contact. How you are perceived by the digital world begins to be defined the first time you interact electronically. Your mother told you, that you can not make a first impression twice. She was 100% correct. Curt, surly emails will label you as that kind of person, even if your friends swear you are the epitome of social grace in person, your cyber colleagues will identify you as the rude one.

A Master of the Arts degree in English will not convince a visitor to your language blog that you are an expert in grammar if your postings are littered with misspellings. The members of your discussion group on Edgar Allen Poe won't even believe that you teach American Literature at the University level if you post off topicrants and flame the posters you disagree with. It is possible for two intelligent experts on a subject to view the same data from different perspectives and reach different conclusions and still be intelligent experts.

Remember. In cyber space, you are what you post!