678 ET – Week 11

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

In my experience, any specific (BYOD is a great example) technical policies should align with current technology. School policies should be written in an easy format for staff and students to comprehend.

 

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According to k12.blueprint.com, when creating new policies, we need to ensure that the policies are being constantly applied on a daily basis. We also need to ensure that the regulations should be relevant to what technical equipment the students are exposed to. Laws should attempt to secure the network, but also not be so tight that users cannot user their tools (laptops, pcs, and tablets) to do their work.

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One of the ways that I have found to be successful with policies is researching what is already in place, if applicable. We as well what other schools are doing. As with anything, not reinventing the wheel every time is wise advice, so is not using anything outdated. We can help lead the way on creating and maintaining policies by being updated on the current trends. Knowing what devices or software are popular. As well as what new educational software solutions are offered to schools.

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We need to ensure that the policy includes a focus on student learning, being student-centric is why we are all here. Does your policy promote responsible use of technology? Students can learn what is expected and responsible behavior. This type of responsible mindset will carry over into home life and into careers later in life. Is our school meeting current state and federal regulations if we were audited? This law comes into place when we make our students use logins with their devices so that there is an audit log, in case research is needed for an individual account (k12.blueprint.com).

 

Sources:
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.

Winske, Chrissy. (2014, Feb 17). Tips for Creating Technology Policies for K-12. Retrieved July 29, 2016, from http://www.k-12techdecisions.com/article/creating_an_acceptable_use_policy_for_mobile_learning_initiatives#

American Enterprise Institute: Hess, Frederick M, Hochleitner, Taryn, and Saberg, Bror. (2013, Oct 22). E-Rate, education technology, and school reform. Retrieved July 29, 2016, from https://www.aei.org/publication/e-rate-education-technology-and-school-reform/

 

 

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4 thoughts on “678 ET – Week 11

  1. I like how you talk about how we should research what is already in place. There are many schools that already have successful tech policies. Schools need to pick and choose different parts of various policies and adapt them for their school environment.

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  2. I felt like I couldn’t contribute much to our tech plan because there is one in place already! Our district has great infrastructure to eventually have 1:1, and they already have some learning pedagogies aligned to work with tech (blended learning, personalized learning, and online learning). Teachers just have to plan to utilize existing tech, and incorporate these new emerging tech ideas. I remember viewing a short video on BYOD recently, and they state that we need to be careful of using this strategy currently, but it might be fully utilized in 10-15 years! The idea is that there is not much equity, and in the future, devices should be relatively inexpensive. I don’t know how old you are, but I remember the first color Mac was for sale at my university in the mid 80s, and there were a whopping $15,000. And they didn’t do anything close to current iPhones! Electronics do get lower in price, eventually…

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  3. 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

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  4. Josie, I really like the comment that you made about researching other schools’ policies that are already in place–what a great idea! I found the K12 blueprint most helpful to building my knowledge on technology policy too, and something that really stuck out to me was the consideration that “Policies often rely on banning to prevent inappropriate use rather then development of digital literacy.” and “Policies that try to anticipate specific violations often come up short as technology advances.”
    I work in a district that has policies like this, and I always thought they were necessary. It’s interesting to think of the other side to that argument-rather than block and ban sites to teach students how to appropriately use the technology/internet. I wonder what other teachers would say? Our district’s IT Dept says it’s necessary to block the websites in order to preserve the bandwidth.

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