NETS 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d
Digital Citizenship is comprised of many things but chief among them is an expectation that any works created belong to their author. Just as you would not want someone claiming your work as their own, neither do others want for you to claim their works as yours. This also goes for acquiring works without proper compensation. If you created an invention that could change the world (or at least make you happily wealthy) how might you feel if someone took your design and made a fortune while you sat at home eating Ramen noodles and Spam?
In this class, I have two simple expectations. First, that outside of the exercises we do together from our class text, that any work you produce is wholly and truly yours. And second, if you use something that someone else created, and assuming that you have their permission to do so (which we'll talk about further in a bit), that you give them credit for their hard work. This is called citing your sources. Every project and paper that you turn in (including those out of the book) will cite the sources which provided you with sprites, objects, text, and code. This will comprise a healthy portion of your grade so make sure you are diligent in tracking sources as you find them! It is far easier to grab the site URL when you find the resource and save it for later than it is to try to remember where you found this or that particular file.
There are many creators out there who do share their work so that others can develop new ideas. We will take advantage of their gracious offer in this class with the resources provided by the book author, and through other sites where resources are available to borrow (with appropriate attribution).