David Warlick writes a blog called 2cents worth. If you’re not reading it, you should be. He seems to be a man with a remarkable capacity to do so much. I envy people like this – he certainly uses his cognitive surplus to best effect.
He’s put together a wiki to assist all of us grappling with the formation of Acceptable Use Policies in our schools. This is what he has to say on the home page of the wiki;
Welcome to School AUP 2.0
This is a dynamic document designed to support teachers, school media specialists, and education leaders in developing, maintaining, and enforcing policies designed to:
- Promote the most effective, productive, and instructionally sound uses of digital, networked, and abundant information environments.
- Provide safe digital environments for learners and to instill safe practices and habits among the learning community.
This wiki site will serve as a launchpad to other documents and communities seeking to provide guidance in acceptable use policy development and also as an incubator for ideas related to issues, document structures, new problems and opportunities, and maintenance.
What is going to be useful within the wiki are the following pages:
Resource pages with RSS feeds from David’s Diigo account and Del.icio.us sites tagged by anyone.
AUP Guiding Documents (tagged “aup” & “guide”)
Sample AUPs (tagged “aup” & “sample”)
AUP Examples (tagged “aup” & “example”)
Cell Phone Policies (tagged “aup” & “cellphone”)
Running down the right sidebar is an RSS feed listing for blog entries that include school and AUP.
I know that I’m going to be making use of this site as will other educators worldwide. The formation of these policies in this ever changing digital landscape is essential if we are to proceed confidently with our students interacting in a read/write environment. Just ask Al Upton. I know that when our school launched ourselves into Project Global Cooling I spent a considerable amount of time trying to put together a permission form for parents to sign so that students could contribute to the ning site supporting the project. At that time I relied heavily on a document put together by Clay Burell that is accessible on his website.
Thanks David for sharing your thinking and providing a space for educators from all corners of the world. Another great example of the sharing nature of this network.
* Good luck to Clay Burell and his students from Korea International School for their Project Global Cooling concert that starts shortly. He’s not ustreaming so I can’t provide a link. I hope everything goes well. Clay has been an amazing support person for me and I want everyone to know this!!