Artifact 3 – Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

Overview: 

Allowing students to have access to various types of technology in the classroom is a wonderful learning opportunity.  Before access can be given to any student, they must understand what acceptable use it.  The use of technology in the classroom is a privilege, not a right.  By having both the students and parents/guardians read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy, all parties are held accountable.

Objective: 

The objective of this artifact is:

  • To provide students and parents/guardians with clearly a defined acceptable use policy

Reflection: 

Providing our students with a safe learning environment is the most important part of education.  Students must feel safe in all aspects of their school day.  This includes keeping them safe while using technology in the classroom.  As I began to integrate more technology in the classroom, I realized our school did not have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).  Realizing the importance of this I took action.

An AUP outlines clear expectations and guidelines for the use of technology in the classroom.  It is important that both students and their parents/guardians are aware of these.  After viewing several examples of AUP’s from other schools, I drafted and presented a copy to our principal.  I explained the importance of such a document.  My proposal was readily accepted and is in the process of being disseminated to our students and families.  Below is a copy of the AUP I drafted for use at All Saints Catholic School.  (I will input this when I return to school 4/8/13.)

References: 

Mitchell, B. (2013).  Acceptable use policy – AUP.  About.com Guide.  Retrieved from http://compnetworking.about.com/od/filetransferprotocol/a/aup_use_policy.htm

Sauers, N. (2011).  5 strategies for 1 to 1 classroom management.  1 to 1 Schools.  Retrieved from http://1to1schools.net/2011/03/5-strategies-for-1-to-1-classroom-management/

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