Every year we tweak our Acceptable Use Agreement, last year, to the point that last year we’d lost track of what version we were supposed to be using. Finally this year we created an Agreement we are pleased with, and can use as a working document in every classroom. Here it is below. ( I tried for a while to embed issuu to this blog, but couldn’t do it. Embedding is still a challenge.)
The notion of four central concepts, Responsible, Safe, Honest, and Respectful, stemmed from COETAIL’s course 2 final project. The Grade 5 team and I decided on the format (tri-fold, and color), with copies for home and school. The following letter went home with the document, with an e-mail to all parents with linking to Digital Life at ASIJ blog.
September 21, 2012
Dear Parents of Fifth Graders,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of our Acceptable Use Agreements (AUA) for technology use at ASIJ.
We seek a close partnership with you in guiding your child’s development of digital citizenship, knowing that many students use technology tools as much at home as they do at school. A strong level of dialogue and oversight ensures that expectations are clear and students’ use of technology is appropriate. It is important that the guidelines students learn at school are supported and reinforced by parents at home.
The AUA document attached to this letter is our written set of agreements. Students have been involved in learning activities to help deepen their understanding of these agreements and how they can make good choices aligned with them. At this stage, we ask that you make time in the next few days to sit down and discuss the AUA with your child, sign it to indicate your agreement and support, and then please have your child return the form to his/her homeroom teacher.
Consequences: Student behaviors that are not in keeping with ASIJ’s Acceptable Use Agreements (AUA) may result in restricted use of school provided hardware or other consequences. ASIJ may limit or suspend a student’s access to technology resources or ASIJ’s network if he/she disregards the AUA. Violations will result in loss of technology privileges for an indefinite period of time and possible suspension from school. Finally, students and their families will be liable for any loss or damage to their school-issued technology device.
Many thanks for your support and please advise us if you have any questions.
Improvements for next year:
The school’s publication office has offered to help us give AUA a more professional look, plus printing on solid paper. They will also work with us on posters to illustrate each of the four main concepts, to be displayed all over the school. Also in the works creating an elementary school logo/character, so we can have our own brand. (Thanks to Course 2) What fun!
*Grade 4 will have AUA of its own, emphasizing the use of iPads.
*Grades 1, 2, and 3 AUA will cater language to younger learners.