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.
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.
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 As with anything, not reinventing the wheel every time is wise advice, so is not using anything outdated.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.
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).
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