This week we are covering Acceptable Use Policy within the realm of education. An Acceptable Use Policy is an agreement that lays out the terms for using technology within school and on a greater scale within the school district. This is a document that allows for the school to hold parents, students and teachers accountable for their technology use on school properties and also gives guidance as to the expectations and regulations on technology within the school.
Within an Acceptable Use Policy within schools there are specific information that should always be covered, such as:
- Code of conduct or Digitial Citizenship rights and expecations of students, teachers and parents on their uses of technology within the school.
- Consequences of misusing technology
- The importance of safety while using technology. All parties must be aware that if the tool is used in the wrong way, dangerous things could happen.
- Responsibilities of the students in regards to their use and care of technology as well as guidelines to student’s use of technology in and out of the classroom
- A clear understanding of any legal responsibilities or ramifications related to the use of technology as a teacher, student and as a parent
The Acceptable Use Policy is so important to protect all parties of the institue from any inappropriate usage of technology, as well as holds people accountable to what they are using the technology for.
Example School Acceptable Use Policies
Wilmington Christian School: AUP
Shoals Christian School : Technology AUP
Bakersfield Christian High School: AUP
Oklahoma Christian University: AUP
K-12 School Computer Networking/Chapter 1. (n.d.). – Wikibooks, open books for an open world. Retrieved June 18, 2014, from http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/K-12_School_Computer_Networking/Chapter_1
When considering the integration of technology into the classroom there is one goal that stands above the rest. Make our students better learners. In order to do this, our students must have an understanding of technological skills before they can fully utilize the use of the technology in the classroom.
This chart below is created for my 8th grade New Testament students. The purpose of the chart is to build a foundation of skills that will give them to the tools to succeed in using their 1:1 laptop in my class. My classroom is project based, using a website portfolio to track and store all student work from the year.
Please see the link to observe my chart.
Relative Advantage Chart
I never thought i was going to be a teacher. My mother has been a teacher since I can remember and I never thought i would be involved in education let alone be striving to better myself as an educator. Since becoming a teacher I have seen how students are not reaching their full potential through traditional means within a classroom such as notes and powerpoint presentations. The more I learn about being a teacher the more I am understanding that to be a teacher is not to have all of the answers, but rather to ask the right questions.
Currently, I am working in a school that is transitioning into a 1:1 laptop program. This is an exciting time for our school, but for some teachers a stressful transition. Our goal with the 1:1 program is not to give each of our students an expensive paper and pencil, but rather to become producers within their own learning. No longer is the goal of our classes for students to consume knowledge, but rather for students to build the understanding and problem solving abilities to guide their own learning.
When I think about my role within education, I consider myself someone who is willing to step away from the traditional in order to see what potentials could be unlocked from the nontraditional. I see Educational Technology as a nontraditional path that is bringing innovation to classroom. Within the next 5 years I want to be fully involved in the development and training of educators in the uses of different technologies. The US Department of Education website says, “Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning; reducing costs associated with instructional materials or program delivery; and better utilizing teacher time”. I see myself involved in the growth and training of teachers as they begin to integrate technologies into their classrooms. I want to be training students in new and creative ways of showcasing and sharing what they have learned. Most of all I want to build up those around me who are in education so that they in turn can impact others.
Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. (n.d.). U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved June 14, 2014, from http://www.ed.gov/oii-news/use-technology-teaching-and-learning