This has been a great project to be involved with mainly for two reasons. First, I have been involved with a 1:1 iPad/Macbook pilot this year at the fifth grade level and we began the year working on an AUP for our students. Secondly, it was great to have vertical discussions with two of my colleagues, and fellow COETAIL’ers, about how we could work this for K-3 and possibly go even further and align this document for the entire elementary school. Jen Brown teaches grade 2 and Grant Rolls teaches grade 3.
I will admit, it was great to have an agreement in place for grade 5 this year. This was very helpful in getting our project for course 2 up and running for the lower grades. I should acknowledge the work of our ES counselors: Steve and Naho, and another fifth grade colleague, Tracey, who have been instrumental in getting our AUA off the ground this year. I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention out IT department as well.
When Jen, Grant and I met initially we decided to keep the idea of the Big Four Acceptable use Agreements: Respectful, Safe, Honesty and Responsible. What we decided to do is change the wording, slightly, so that students in K-3 would have a better understanding of the language. Once we tweaked the wording from the original document, we brainstormed possible prompts under each heading. Finally, I had my fifth grade students role play and create an iMovie with their iPad that would help students in the lower grades understand these Big Four agreements.
Breakdown of key points:
- Big Four taken from ASIJ Grade 5 agreements and then changed language to fit for younger levels ( K-3) Referenced from: http://esdigital.weebly.com/acceptable-use-agreements.html
- Used prompting questions to generate conversations
- Tailored for K-4 program as G5 are also 1:1 program.
- Researched possible video clips to use to aid understanding. Options for role playing video clips from older students and teachers. Video clips sourced looked okay but then seem to jump into abstract even though they looked okay.
- Consistency, intent and vertical alignment
- K-4 do not have email addresses. Shared directories with classes. Grade 5 has school email accounts
- Discussion around how to focus on online identity
- Really like the exploring time, learning time and playtime questions.
- Shared with students – possibly added to curriculum links on school website after administration approval. Also shared as part of instructional technology in classrooms, share on PD collaboration days with teachers.
- Teachers feel comfortable understanding content.
- We felt that embedding these into our classroom program would allow it become part of life at school. We have seen success with this model in our school Student Learning Outcomes.
- This would require collaboration with K-4 teams, IT Coach and administrators before public access could be approved.