With the push for more computer technology in the classroom, schools are under pressure to have developed an appropriate Acceptable Use Policy that students and parents sign. Do you have one for your school. Does it sound student-friendly and warm, with clearly defined terms, or does it sound cold, legalistic and sometimes vaguely threatening?
Danville Public Schools, where I taught 30+ years, has required students, parents, teachers, and administrators to sign an AUP document ever since technology was introduced into the school system (probably 10 years ago). A description of the AUP, the rationale for having an AUP, and a copy of the AUP are available on the Danville Public Schools website.
The penalities for misuse of the AUP are outlined in the "technology violation" section of the Student Code of Conduct. A violation can result in one or more of the following:
Withdrawal of Privileges
Suspension up to 10 days from school
Long-term Suspension from school
The severity of the violation and repeated violations determine the penalties.
I look forward to reading what other school divisions do about AUPs.
Recently, my school district began rewriting the AUP to include all the new technologies making their ways into school. Included in the AUP is the ability for students to bring in their own device (such as a laptop or tablet) for school use. Our school's wireless networks have all been revamped to allow for "guests" to log in using their school login. I think the addition of this policy will change how students learn and teachers teach. This is a much needed change, especially when budgets do not allow for new technologies to be purchased.