Ed Tech 541: Week 2

What is an AUP?

An AUP, or Acceptable Use Policy, spells out what is appropriate use to technological devices in either a school or work place.  Within the ever growing technological world we are currently living in, these AUPs can be one of the most important documents a school or business organization creates.  These documents set standards of use, safeguard students, employees and employers from the dangers of online use.

An AUP should include a preamble (to define the purpose of the document) definitions section (to ensure all parties the document applies are clear on language used in the document), unacceptable use section, and a violations/sanctions section.  In some cases the AUP is closely aligned with a organizations bullying and harassment policies.

Given the rapid advancement of technology in today’s society schools are having to revise these on a regular basis.  They are also having to word these AUPs in a way that predicts the needs of the school, students, and faculty without restricting the use of new technologies that may come into public use prior to the next revision.  Currently, my school district is revising the AUP for both staff and students to reflect more current mobile technology such as tablets and IPods.

Examples of Acceptable Use Policies

Concord School District Staff Policy

Concord School District Student Policy

Winnisquam Regional School District – Located toward the end of the District Technology Plan

NH State Library Internet Acceptable Use Policy

Concord School District. (2004, October 04). Concord School District Policy# 433: Acceptable Internet Use – Staff.  Retrieved from http://concord.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/498203/File/School%20Board%20Charter%20&%20Policies/Policy%20433%20Acceptable%20Internet%20Use%20Staff.pdf?sessionid=91c4ff33f213dcc6bc00144a18cb61f1

Concord School District. (2004, October 04). Concord School District Policy# 542: Acceptable Internet Use – Students.  Retrieved from http://concord.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/498203/File/School%20Board%20Charter%20&%20Policies/Policy%20542%20Internet%20Use%20-%20Students.pdf?sessionid=96dce1f51f5d80deaecfbb7da5273052

NH State Library. NH state library: Internet Acceptable Use Policy. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/about/policy_internet.html

WRSD. (2006, July 14). Sau 59 Winnisquam Regional School District Technology Plan. Retrieved from http://www.winnisquam.k12.nh.us/technology/TechPlan2006-2009.pdf

4 thoughts on “Ed Tech 541: Week 2

  1. Doug Becker says:

    I noticed that 3 of your selected AUPs were from public school districts. Did you ever consider looking at at private school or a college document? Well done..

  2. Hi Joanna,

    Good point about AUPs needing to be revised regularly with the constant changes in technology. Are the teachers involved at all in giving input or revising the AUP for your school?

  3. It is so important that we are protecting our students and employees from the dangers of the internet. Without face to face interaction, people tend to do things they would not normally do. For example, we would never walk up to a stranger and reveal personal information. Yet it happens all the time on the internet in chat rooms, social media and online dating sites. This should be the first priority of an AUP. Another reason for an AUP that is less talked about is the need to outline what is appropriate use of the internet during school hours. Students should not be using the internet to chat with friends about non-school related topics or participate in other activities that would not be acceptable in an educational setting. I also liked your point that AUPs need to predict what will come with technology. I think supports the idea of a general AUP that is based on expected behaviors that would be the same no matter what technology is used. For example, we would always expect that there would be no bullying. If stated correctly, it would cover all technology. The same could work for many situations, thus making an AUP a document that is longer lasting.

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