James Couch, Ben Thompson, Michelle Lawgun, Andrew Vicars and Rick Monge and I collaborated to produce the following AUP for Grades 3-5 students at Taipei American School.
The first thing we did in developing this AUP was to take a look at all 3 divisions’ AUPs: Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.
After doing so we decided the Grades 3-5 AUP needed the most work. It consisted of 11 pages of 20 bullet points (some very long and wordy) and Toon Doo cartoons supporting each bullet point. The current AUP needed to be…
- More concise
- Have a philosophy statement
- Have a Consequence Statement outlining what would happen if the guidelines were not followed
- Have a Statement of Agreement for Students and a place for the student to sign
- Have a Statement of Agreement for Parents and a place for the parents to sign.
Having looked at the Middle School AUP and seeing that they divided their guidelines into the TAS Values of Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Kindness we decided to do the same. We thought this was a nice way to tie in the range of technology guidelines into what the students already know (the TAS Values) and use every day. We also thought it was important to add a fifth heading of Safety, as this is so important when using technology and being connected.
Another thing we tried to do was to make each bullet point more concise and in language a grades 3-5 student would hopefully understand without having to ask an adult. It is also made clear in the Student Agreement section if a student does not understand any part of the AUP then an adult (teacher or parent) will explain it to them.
Finally, this document could be shared with students at their first session of tech class at the start of the new academic year. The AUP would be read to students making sure each section (philosophy statement, guidelines, consequences, agreement statements) are understood. The students would take a hard copy home to their parents for the parents to read and understand. Only when both parents and students clearly understand the AUP and agree to adhere to guidelines set out, and both parties sign the AUP will a student be allowed to use any form of technology at Taipei American School.
Parents and students will also be emailed a copy of the AUP, along with a link to the school website where they can also view the AUP.