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ACS Egham students create Digital Magna Carta

Published Friday 17th of July 2015 01:10:12 PM

June 2015 saw 800 years of the Magna Carta, a document that is a symbol of peace and democracy. To celebrate, students at ACS Egham learned about the importance of the Magna Carta and created a ‘Digital Magna Carta’ – a set of guidelines to apply specifically to Internet use in today’s world. The 180 students, ranging in age from 13-16 years, were given an overview of the history and context of the Magna Carta, its impact and significance, learning through video clips and discussion of key concepts and ideas. Students then developed their own Digital Magna Carta to apply specifically to the internet, based on five basic principles or rules that they themselves felt were most important. Keely Rogers, Head of Humanities at ACS Egham, commented: “I really enjoyed the students’ discussion surrounding the key areas of concern for a Digital Magna Carta written today. We discussed why the creator of the internet himself, Tim Berners-Lee, has argued for a 21st century version of the Magna Carta specifically for the Internet, as well as issues such as cost and access to the internet; lack of privacy; intellectual property rights; censorship; inappropriate content; cyber-bullying; addiction; terrorism, and how a Digital Magna Carta might help develop some guidelines for internet use in today’s world.” Keely added; “We are always keen to engage students with real life issues and global concerns, and this lesson linked historical events to the world today, encouraged an understanding of the past and an appreciation of how the past has shaped the present.”
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