The big idea for me in course 2 is the importance of harnessing the power of technology to make positive contributions to our world.
Every time I search for something, every time I post something, every time I comment, I am leaving digital footprints. They can be good prints or bad prints. I can tear down or I can build up. I can consume or I can contribute. I can stay silent or I can speak up. I have a choice.
Unnerved by blinding speed technological advances, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the vast dangers and complexity of the internet and just want to retreat from it all. This course has given me the opportunity to have a different perspective.
Today, like never before, because of technology and the internet, we have the opportunity to know what is going on in our world and choose to do good for our world. Through social media and blogging we can communicate our ideas to a global audience and to mobilize others to work for the common good of our world.
Responsible Use Agreement Project Reflection
I want my students to use digital tools to:
- Be active global citizens
- To create, explore, and grow as learners
- To respect, educate, and protect themselves and others
But in order for them to be successful, they need a safe place with clear expectations. They need a Responsible Use Agreement (RUA) that will guide them in a positive direction so I chose option 1 as my project.
My thinking for this project was shaped by two people. Scott Mcleod, in his blog post, Instead of an AUP how about an EUP (Empowered Use Policy) helped me to see how powerful our words can be. Are we wanting to restrict our students by saying NO! NO! NO! all the time or should we be empowering them and inspiring them to use their digital tools to their full potential? I decided that I wanted my RUA to be written in positive language instead of negative language. The second person that influenced me was Dr. Mike Ribble. I decided to use, the white paper, Digital Citizenship: a Holistic Primer based on Dr Mike Ribble’s Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship as a framework for writing a sample RUA for our elementary school. He created the idea of REP. Respect. Educate. Protect. Those became my main categories.
For this project I collaborated with Erin and Lisa. Erin and Lisa both worked on an RUA for K-2 students and I worked on one for 3-5 students. First, Erin set up a shared google folder. We then agreed to do some research and talk to others. We also requested sample RUAs from other schools and shared our schools’ current technology agreements in our folder. Here is the current one for my school. I talked with my principal about the idea and she was positive. I also chatted with our tech director, David Elliott about our school’s tech use philosophy. I was pleased to hear him share a similar vision.
Originally, we compiled our ideas in one shared doc and then we each wrote our own sample RUA and provided helpful suggestions and comments for each other.
My colleague, Alexis Snider and former coetailer shared her group’s RUA with me. I liked their idea of providing links and supports for parents on the document after they sign their name. So I modified and included these links as well.
Here is a Erin’s K-2 RUA. I love how she also created an infographic using piktochart. I am planning to share her example when we work with our lower elementary team to develop one for younger students.
It’s been a challenging but profitable course. I am looking forward to Course 3!