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Course 4

Setting Rules Giving Choices

After much consultation with my peers, viewing the provided video clips and CoETaIL readings I have to honestly say I have come to the conclusion that students will be students and classroom management will be classroom management. Even though the integration of laptops into our classroom and schools today provides us with new challenges in the end the ways in which we handle these challenges in the classroom is not all that different from the ways in which we managed them prior. We need to make sure our kids know the rules that we as teachers and school set and that we are consistent in enforcing them; actively engage our students with lessons of high interest for their age group in order to keep them from “daydreaming” and choices, choices, choices.

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Schools have put into place a set of guidelines to help safely steer our students in the use of the technologies provided including the Internet.  The Acceptable Use Policy was a great place to start when it came to making sure my kids were safe and on task. Making sure your kids not only know and clearly understand your schools AUP can really help nip any issues in the bud. When I have seen potential issues arise I have never hesitated to review the AUP with my class. They signed it and their parents signed it. It’s an agreement. A contract. No excuses. It’s not to say that kids won’t test boundaries, but when they do and there is consistency in the consequences they will more likely then not learn accept and respect those rules if they wish to continue partaking in the use of the schools laptops. I always try to role model these best practices as well whenever I can. When they see you doing it on a regular basis it becomes more obvious as to what the expectations are and truly how unreasonable it is to have them in place.

Keeping students actively engaged is vital to good classroom management with a laptop program. Lessons need to be created that are of high interest. Know your students well. No matter how much planning you put into a unit nothing ruins it more for say a middle school class if it is “uncool” or not practical. We have standards to teach and not everyone is interested in the same things, however with the abundant amount of resources and options out there today every student can find someway of making the dullest topic interesting to them. When I can I try to give my student the opportunity for exploration and let them ultimately make the decision for which tools they decide to use for the assignment. It is that comfort zone that keeps students feeling safe, focused and engaged.

I’ll admit that technology is not like any other tool we’ve had in schools before and the access to information that it provides at our and our students fingertips in almost immeasurable.  The temptation that this provides to stray is great, but it’s when that curiosity is harnessed and utilized that our students can really excel.

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ISR AUP ASAP!

International Schools Riau AUP 2011-2012 proposal

International Schools Riau had just recently adopted the current version of the acceptable use policy with our move towards a 1-on-1 laptop program. The policy was already on par with what we were finding embedded into other international school AUP’s. We felt that our own policy only needed minor tweaking. Editing for any items that either needed to be clarified or seemed unnecessary. Additional items based upon current trends were also to be added or removed.

Originally this AUP was created as a grades 3-8 policy. However many of the topics seemed only to pertinent to the middle school students involved in the new 1-on-1 laptop program. The current K-2 AUP could easily encompassed the grades 3 and 4 as well.  The first change would be to make it only a 5-8 policy.

The four guidelines that served as the backbone for the schools AUP were kept in tack.

  • Respect and protect the privacy of self and others.
  • Respect, and protect all electronic resources like they were your own.
  • Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.
  • Respect and practice the principles of community.

These were showing up in other major international schools AUP’s and even on the United States Department of Justice’s website: http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybercrime/rules/acceptableUsePolicy.htm .

Each indicator listed below the four guidelines were then compared with each other as well as with the other indicators found in the AUP’s we had already located. We noticed many similarities, but felt that the wording of some of our indicators could be made more middle school friendly. Additionally we noticed that in our AUP some items had found there way into more than one spot. Item 2d stated that students will “Not waste resources” and later again in 4f students will “Print with permission and not waste resources.” 2d was removed. This being the first year of our 1-on-1 laptop program also created new and unforeseen problems. Students were no longer using breaks for face to face socialization and physical exercise, instead choosing to game, watch videos, download music or chat online with friends from afar. As a result we felt it necessary to add both line items 4f and j. Students will “Not download or stream music, movies, or games for personal use during school hours.” and “Recognize recess and lunch are designated device free times.”

The hope would be that the update version worked on by my partner and myself could be presented to our administrator and the new tech coordinator when we return in August and prior to the student’s first day back. Any additional items that need to be addressed or come up could be done so then. Pending approval we could then introduce the new AUP to students during orientation and again to parents at back to school night. The policy seems sound and works for a school of our small size. However, technology is always changing and as a result these kinds of policies will need continuous updating.