EDET678: Reflection for Week 11

Aleta May

Reflection for EDET678 Emerging Technologies Week 11

Essential question: What specific policies will help your district prepare student for current and emerging technology use? How can you help lead your district in creating these policies?

At this site, our school district has a list of forms for acceptable use policies (AUP): http://www.lksd.org/technology/aup.html

This particular AUP for students seems to have been recently been updated and more detailed since the last winter semester when I reviewed these. I want to find the version I was shown at that time and compare them next; especially since our Technology Assisted Instruction (TAI) Director had told me the policies were being updated for the 2016/17 school year at that time. Here is the current link:  http://www.lksd.org/technology/aup/Acceptable%20Use%20Policy-%20Students.pdf

Gerald made the statement that “it starts with a motivated teacher!” I agree. Motivation needs to come with support as well. This comes in many forms. Policies are a great way to start.

The Learning and Technology Policy Framework from Canada seems to be a great fit for our state of Alaska as well. Although each of the 5 policy directions has many details under each category, each school district will need to go through these with a careful eye for how and what applies to their district specifically. This may involve a few additions, deletions and rephrasing in order to make it work. Every district, and even each school, has unique qualities to consider.

I really like the way some school districts have made video training clips for their district’s AUP and divided these further into videos for teachers and other staff members and a separate one for students.

References

Josie,

As I read what you wrote in your post: “School policies should be written in an easy format to comprehend,” I thought about how I found acceptable use policies (AUP) for teachers and other YouTube clips for students.

The balance between keeping students secure and not overly restricting the use of a variety of devices and Internet resources is difficult, but necessary if we are to move into the 21st Century technology skills use for our students.

Your post looks so clear and the way you applied each section of the k12.blueprint.com to your school district helped me think more in depth about how our school (and district policy) should look.

Aleta

Sarah,

I agree that it is so important to follow the district policies daily. At certain times of the school year, it is easy to relax on following these standards. We need to be vigilant on following policy and review these as a staff and with our students across the school year.

We do need to teach students to be responsible users of the Internet and follow acceptable use policy (AUP). Although it is not necessarily the easiest road to take, it is an important one. There will be students who continually test the system, and abuse it. Does this mean we should restrict everyone’s access? Though it may be difficult at times to locate the specific system abusers, we need to continually find ways to supervise students, and have a step plan for consequences and how we will solve the issue(s). One way is to have a point person in the school who can be talked to by students, anonymously, about issues such as cyberbullying and hacking around the schools safety net system.

Thank you for such a great post!

Aleta

Gerald,

Equitable access to broadband is so important. In our school, it seems to me the best way for this is to improve our wifi access in the classrooms and to continue to increase to higher speed access, especially for high demand times. Student resources in my mind include not only devices to use, but human resources for using computers and iPads in ways never before considered in our school (Arduino and electronic coding training, as well as creative and artistic applications).

Blended distance learning in our school needs a designated person to oversee student progress. When this is added to classroom teachers in middle through high school, it is like teaching two classes at one time. The problem with this for our secondary teachers is that they are already teaching multiple subject areas throughout their day. Until we reach the point of interdisciplinary instruction, adding to the plate of our upper level teachers is too much to ask. Maybe I will be the designated person; who knows. Each year is a bit different for me.

Aleta

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