DAILY INSIGHT: Policies to Empower Learning

By Nancy Caramanico, CIO Advisor


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Rewrite, add, delete, repeat. This is the cycle of school policies on technology. Or at least it should be. Policies need to adapt to the changing times. For School administrators and technology directors/CIO's adapting to changing times is an important component to a strong leadership for educational technology use (Nets-A) It is the time of year when many schools are updating policies for the upcoming school year. Technology Polices are particularly susceptible to change. Quite simply, new technology forces us to re-imagine classroom environment with the innovations added in. With evolving technology innovations constantly at hand, adaptations and often an updated policy are warranted. What are some important things to consider when updating your Acceptable Use Policy for Technology? There are many. New Technologies, AUP Implementation Strategies and New Resources to Support your AUP are some important ones to take a close look at.
Map out your future - but do it in pencil - Bon Jovi

New Technology to Incorporate into your Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

As you look at your policy from last year to update it for the coming year, what kinds of changes might you want to incorporate?

1. Internet Hotspots: Mifis or portable internet hotspots are becoming more prevalent. Many phones have their own internet hotspot. Are these permissible?

2. Cell phones, mobile devices - Are they permitted? At what times are they appropriate? Is texting allowed? In what circumstances?

3. Mobile Devices - Can students bring their own laptops? Are they school owned? What rules and guidelines might be needed? What about insurance?

4. Social Media and Social Networks - How will these be incorporated? What ground rules would foster effective use?

5. Digital Images - What permissions are in place? What new types of permissions might be needed? What is our policy on using student names?

6. Web 2.0 - What policies apply to student posts? How will this be monitored by teachers?

7. Outside of School - In what cases will personal or outside use of technology come in to play?

Technology AUP Implementation Strategies

Having a new comprehensive policy is a good thing. For the policy to be effective, however, it needs to be well supported and well implemented. Below are some strategies for supporting AUP implementation.




Five New Resources to Support your Acceptable Use Policy for Technology

1. Netsmartz Presentations - Netsmartz has released updated versions of it's Internet Safety Education Presentations. These can be delivered to students, teachers and parents. In additon, Netsmartz provides discussion materials and other supports for discussing student safety online such as Netsmartz Tiip Sheets

2. Common Sense Media - Any educator or parent can request access to these safety and responsibility materials. Find lesson plans, videos and other supporting materials. Follow the Common Sense Media Youtube channel too.

3. Youtube: Copyright School - If Youtube suspects that someone has violated copyright, they require attendance at 'Copyright School' which consists of a watching a video and answering questions. These videos also can be used to explain copyright to students.

4. A Parent's Guide to Facebook by Connect Safely and IKeepSafe

5. Creative Commons and Fair Use/Copyright Clarity (Temple School of Theater and Communications) - Use of Internet Resources

Remember, a policy on paper is one thing. An effective technology policy is one that is well implemented and well supported. A great AUP ties in to your mission and at the end of the day, empowers those in your school or organization to realize the benefits and value of technology safely and responsibly. As you Rewrite, Add, Delete, Repeat - Remember to also implement well. It is sure to reap rewards in the effective, safe and responsible use of technology and empowered teaching and learning! These are just some steps you can take. What would you add?

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This is cross posted at TechConnects by Nancy Caramanico