Final Project, Finally!

For our final project ASIJ COETAILers, Daryl, Carl, Jamie and I worked together to create a visual illustrating our school’s acceptable use agreement. We are hoping that the poster will be displayed throughout the school building.

It took many discussions and trials to figure out exactly what we wanted and really could do. Initially, I was tempted to aim high and large, like creating a document comparable to YIS’s Connected Community Handbook, ( I am a fan of this handbook because it’s a systematic approach and a road map for being a 1:1 school. I am also jealous that we don’t have anything like this in our school). Nonetheless, reality intervened, and Kim reminded me that a committee worked on their handbook for a year…. I only had 2 weeks. The good news is that I am working on a Weebly for our 1:1 program for grade 5 with Tracey Reed, grade 5 teacher. We plan to have it ready for the fall. Fall also means I will be teaching guidance classes to 1:1 students, for the first time.

Our Process:

Phase 1: Daryl and I first started thinking about creating an acceptable use agreement for our younger students, kindergarten to grade 2. We felt the need because our younger learners were using more and more technology at school. Daryl and I eventually tabled this, to await further discussion.

Phase 2: I started talking with Tracey about the existing acceptable use agreement for grades 3 to 5, and we both concluded that this document could be made more precise and kid friendly. Tracey and I next met with Carl to continue the discussion. We spent time word smithing, and really thinking through what was important for our students. Daryl couldn’t join us at that point, and had no idea what we were discussing. (Thinking back, we should have kept a google doc for all of our meetings. It is not that easy to for all of us to meet face to face, and having a document on line would have kept everybody in the loop.)

Phase 3: Jamie was working on an acceptable use agreement for the middle school, and I researched visuals used in each division. For example, high school and middle school have posters about digital citizenship and caring for the machine. Somewhere along the way, we found out that the school also has a logo on 1:1 program.

Phase 4: Finally, the four of us met together, and decided to make a visual that could work for the entire school community. We wanted the community to have a shared understanding about digital citizenship. Off to Carl’s art room. We gathered around Carl and tossed out ideas as he fiddled with the poster. We also wanted to make sure our 1:1 program logo was included.

Reflection of the Final Project: I can’t say enough about collaborating with fellow educators. All of us bring different strengths to the table, making our project so much better than any one of us could have done alone. Despite it being one of the busiest periods of the year, I actually looked forward to meeting with them. I also love that we were focused and directed — unlike so many other school meetings — and not just wasting each others’ time . I am pleased with the end product, and we plan to share it soon with school administration.


About Naho Kikuchi

Elementary school counselor at The American School in Japan. Living and working in West Tokyo since 1997. Forever trying to figure out how to balance work, family and time for myself.
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  1. Pingback: Acceptable Use Agreement: New and Improved. | Shinjuku West

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