For this project, I collaborated with fellow Grade 5 teacher, Stacie Melhorn.
The Acceptable Use Policy at ISB for the Elementary School has been in place for 3 years. At the beginning of each school year, students take home a copy of this policy where they are supposed to read and then sign the name in agreement. Then they return the signed agreement to class where the teacher promptly files it away. Despite a nearly 100% return of AUP agreements, ALL areas of the AUP have been breached this school year. Here are some examples documented by our Technology Learning Coach, Chrissy Hellyer:
- Students “posing” as other students (not accessing another’s account – but writing another’s name & using another’s blog URL & email address to “pose” as that student) (breach of 1.2)
- Logging in as someone else (gained access to someone’s password & login) (breach of 1.2)
- Use of copyright images all over the place (breach of 3.1)
- Sending emails without a purpose (ie: hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and nothing else) (breach of 4.8)
- Using instant messaging,chat without teacher permission or misuse of chat and or instant message (breach of 4.7)
- Deleting others’ work (files off the laptop or work off a gdoc) (breach of 1.1)
- Changing the settings of laptops without teacher permission (breach of 2.2, 2.3)
- We have the idea that the AUP needs to become more of a “living document” that is not filed away, but instead easily accessed and visible by teachers, parents, and students. We feel that students need to be more actively demonstrating their understanding of the document and how it connects to practicing good digital citizenship.
Despite the fact that the Grade 4-5 AUP was reworded a few years ago to kid-friendly language, we felt the need to further simplify the language in order for kids to put the AUP on their blog as a reference tool.
- Students will add our simplified AUP page to their blog.
- Kids will create a video for each of the four “Big Ideas” (or levels) of the AUP. Students can choose to highlight important aspects of a level or concentrate on one scenario. Students can also create a video that addresses a problem they currently see occurring at school or at home.
- Three or four students will be in an AUP group with the roles of: Script writing, camera, acting, producing/editing. Roles should change with each video to give kids a broad experience.
- After successfully completing a video, students will present to an audience (peers, younger grade, etc). Videos are added to our class blog and the creators’ individual blogs, then banked on an ISB Digital Citizenship site.
- Students earn a widget for each video presented. The idea is that these widgets will be added to a sidebar of the students’ blogs, which will indicate a distinguished level of AUP expertise.
There has been some discussion at ISB about where the responsibility for teaching digital citizenship lies. While most would agree that much will fall to the classroom teachers in the Elementary School, there is some uncertainty about HOW and WHEN digital citizenship lessons take place. It is our belief that these lessons should be embedded in the curriculum. It should be noted that our project fills ALL of our standards and benchmarks in Grade 5 for “Speaking and Listening”, while also hitting many writing S and B’s as well. Of course, the TAIL standards will be addressed with our activities as well. We feel that our plan provides an opportunity for integration.
It is our thoughts that this plan for Grade 5 will link to a “Bringing the AUP Alive” continuum across the grade levels.
Here is our simplified AUP:
And here is our UBD Planner:
Since the reality has definitely hit that this will be a huge part of my job next year as Technology and Learning Coach, it has taken everything that I do for this course to a new level. Working with Stacie was an empowering experience, because our thinking evolved so many times throughout, and we truly were able to “piggy-back” on each others thoughts and ideas. I cannot wait until next year when that type of collaboration and will be a part of my regular job description, and not just for course work. I have so much to learn as I embark on this journey, but it is one that I am ready and eager to take, particularly when I know I will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with so many incredible colleagues. Thank you Stacie!