For the proposal I am creating for my school district I am suggesting that the school adopt a 1:1 personal learning device program for each student in the school district. The district currently only has this in place in two schools in the district, and I believe that the education if the students in this district would be transformed if a PLN was available for each student. So because the district does not have 1:1 for most of their schools, before beginning this transition, they will need to implement a few policies in order to protect themselves, the students and enhance the learning of the students in the most optimal way.
According to the K-12 blueprint, new policies should focus on new technology, and not limit students to older types of technology. They should also not focus on banning certain sites of activities and not try to anticipate certain problems. Policies should in stead be learner centered, promote responsible use and meet state regulations (K-12 Blueprint). Jennifer Jenson also mentioned over and over in the article “Tips for Creating Technology Policies for K-12” that policy makers have to let go of their control and their fears and put their trust in the hands of the students. Rather teach them what it means to be a responsible and safe user of technology, than instead of just blocking numerous sites and never give them the opportunity to demonstrate and learn responsibility.
It is also important to ensure that the policies one creates promote student centered learning, research and innovation, professional learning, leadership and access, infrastructure and digital learning environments (Alberta Government).
It is with all these things in mind, and the help from some sample policies, that I have created the few following policies that I believe my school district would benefit from.
– Students who participate in the 1:1 program at HCPS will be required to sign and follow an Acceptable Use Contract which will ensure that the program remains true to its mission which is to enhance and enrich the education of students. Students new to the program will take a course on how to be a responsible digital citizen. The course will be refreshed annually at the beginning of each school year.
– Students will use their personal learning device to enrich their own education while in school. They will use their PLN in the way that will best benefit their education in relation to assigned curriculums and state standards, as directed by their teacher.
– Teacher will be competent with all devices that are available for students use as PLNs and will receive adequate training on commonly used programs.
I am still very new at writing these policies and it was more challenging than I anticipated. They probably still need some work and revision, but I think the three I have written above are a good start.
While doing research for this, I found a video that explains digital leadership really well, and issue that concerns most of us. There are also a lost of student resources and teacher resources about digital citizenship on this site!