ALEX Learning Activity

  

Acceptable Use

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Aimee Bates
System:Cullman City
School:Cullman City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2148
Title:
Acceptable Use
Digital Tool/Resource:
 
Web Address – URL:
Not Applicable
Overview:

In this activity, the students will review the school technology/acceptable use policy.  The students will research items to include in these types of policies, including legal protections such as CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, ADA Compliance, etc. Finally, the students will collaboratively draft their own policy and share with their classmates, school, and/or board of education. 

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 8
30 ) Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. [SL.8.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion. [SL.8.1a]

b. Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed. [SL.8.1b]

c. Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas. [SL.8.1c]

d. Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented. [SL.8.1d]

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
R2) Recognize and demonstrate age-appropriate responsible use of digital devices and resources as outlined in school/district rules.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • utilize digital devices and spaces in accordance with school and/or district rules.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • school/district rules for technology use.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • operate within the safety guidelines provided by the student's school and/or district.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • guidelines are in place to ensure safe use of school equipment.
Learning Objectives:

Students will identify the responsible use of digital devices and resources outlined in the school technology/acceptable use policy. 

Students will research items to include in acceptable use policies, including legal protections such as CIPA, COPPA, FERPA, ADA Compliance, etc. 

Students will engage in discussions about what they think should be included in an acceptable use policy.

Students will collaboratively draft their own policy and share with their classmates, school, and/or board of education. 

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

Teachers will provide students access to a printed or digital version of the school's technology/acceptable use agreement. 

Students will be given time to review the document and highlight the information he/she may feel is not necessary to include in the document.

Students will work in pairs or groups to research items that professionals feel should be included in an acceptable use agreement, with a focus on the needs of schools. Students may find it beneficial to review other schools' policies as well. Teachers may locate and provide websites for review or may allow students to hone their internet search skills to find and verify the information they are seeking. 

Students should be encouraged to research CIPA Law, COPPA Law, and FERPA in addition to their review of other acceptable use agreements. 

As students research, they should note items they wish to include in the policy that they will draft at the conclusion of this activity. Students' groups/pairs will need to decide as a group what items they feel are best to include in a sample policy they will draft as the assessment for this activity. 

Once students draft a policy, they should share the policy with another group of students in the class for peer review and feedback. 

Assessment Strategies:

Students will work in pairs or groups to draft a sample acceptable usage agreement. Policies should be peer reviewed to check for inclusion of all facets of protection needed in an acceptable use agreement. Teachers may find exemplars to share with the school's technology department or possibly the board of education.


Advanced Preparation:

Students will need access to the school's acceptable use agreement (technology usage policy).

Students will need access to devices to research online. Students should be paired or grouped for this activity, so not every student needs a device.

Variation Tips (optional):

Students could be assigned sections of the acceptable use agreement and create arguments for or against their assigned portion.

Should devices be unavailable, sample policies can be printed for students to use in their research. 

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
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