Participate 4.1.1 Digital Rights and Responsibilites

Common Sense Media.org had a wealth of information for this forum.  As we have integrated technology in our classrooms, I am confident that each school system has developed an acceptable use plan which is a policy that outlines, in writing, how a school or district expects its community members to behave with technology. Similar to a Terms of Service document, an AUP should define publicly what is deemed acceptable behavior from users of hardware and information systems such as the Internet and any applicable networks (Common Sense Media, Wikipedia)

In Hart County we have a Bring Your Own Technology Policy (BYOT) Policy.  I researched our policy on our school website and found the following:
“Hart County Schools is committed to preparing all students and teachers to maximize learning by fully integrating relevant technology into academic content to acquire, share and evaluate information, achieve media and technology literacy, and maintain a safe and ethical environment. A first step is to develop and implement a pilot plan allowing students to bring their own digital devices to school. With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices in the classroom to access and save information from the internet, communicate with other learners, and use pre-approved productivity tools.

The wireless access provided to the devices is designed to enhance the students’ educational experience and increase authentic student engagement to academic activities. Connecting to the Hart County Schools wireless network with personal devices is a privilege, not a right. Hart County Middle School students are not required to bring their own technology. Permission to bring and use privately owned technology is contingent upon adherence to the Hart County Acceptable Use Policy and BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) Plan. The administration, faculty, and staff of Hart County Middle School feel that our students are responsible, trustworthy, and mature enough to be trusted with this new privilege.”

Every student at my middle school has a school agenda which also contains Hart County Board policies, a calendar, resource material, and other important information.  I am sure there is a copy of our AUP in the agenda.There is also a form on technology use that the parent and student must sign which also includes school computers.  This document allows both parents and students to be aware of the policy and list consequences if the rules are not followed.  In addition our servers have blocks on websites that would allow students to access unsafe websites.  We also have parent meetings where teachers assist parents in accessing material on the Internet and we cover our rules for technology use.

As educators, we have a responsibility to teach our students the importance of being a responsible digital citizen which includes fair use and copyright issues.  The following video link is a great resource that I feel needs to be shared with students:https://d1pmarobgdhgjx.cloudfront.net/education/ED_copyright-fair-use-whose-is-it.mp4.  As technology becomes more and more prevalent in our classrooms, teachers must take the lead in teaching our students about becoming responsible digital citizens and ensure that students follow fair use and copyright laws.  I think by showing the video and modeling correct procedures our students will gain a lifelong understanding of the acceptable digital environments.

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