AUP Resources for AdministratorsA Guide to an Acceptable AUPMichael J. Payne, Presenter
The Acceptable Use Policy✤ Many resources exist for administrators looking to draft an AUP for their school/district, from templates of existing documents to research backing (or debunking) best practices in the ﬁeld.
Contents:✤ What Goes Into an AUP?✤ Templates of Existing AUP’s✤ AUP Mythbusting✤ Photo Credit: http://muir.pasadenausd.org/modules/groups/homepageﬁles/cms/917202/Image/policies/ComputerLab.jpg
Where do I look first?✤ ISTE, the International Society for Technology Education, publishes books and updates it’s website regularly with materials to help ﬁll the growing need for technology related articles for educators. The link below features an excerpt from The Technology Coordinator’s Handbook (Frazier and Bailey, 2004). The last four pages of the 20 page pdf include the authors’ recommendations for an appropriate AUP. http://www.iste.org/images/excerpts/TCHAND-excerpt.pdf
More from ISTE✤ ISTE sponsors a community website for their members to share their own thoughts. A simple search of “AUP” will yield several relevant hits. http://www.iste-community.org/✤ ISTE is also the creator of the NETS Standards for Administrators, Teachers, and Students. Leading districts around the country use these documents as the guide for their holistic technology vision.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)and theChildren’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)✤ The FCC is the Federal organization charged with governing the use of the country’s mass communications infrastructure.✤ CIPA was enacted by congress in 2001. It includes a provision mandating that all schools and libraries serving students obtain an “Acceptable Use” Policy, signed by the student’s legal guardian.✤ Additional information is available at: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.html
Why Should I Care What theFCC Says?✤ Institutions who do not follow the mandates outlined in the CIPA are not permitted to beneﬁt from the federal “E-Rate” program, which provides discounted internet services and technology infrastructure.✤ And, you’d probably be ﬁred.
AUP Templates✤ A stock template is a great place to start. Read through several to get a sense of what others are thinking.✤ www.docstoc.com features documents for professionals that are uploaded and shared by their creators. Several AUP’s for all grade levels can be found.✤ photo credit: http://www.staustinschool.org/index.cfm?load=page&page=28
And when you really want to ﬁnd something, there’s this new thing called:
Forget Templates, I’m creating my own!(Resources for re-inventing the wheel)✤ Federal law dictates a few items that must be included in your AUP. Refer to the FCC slide from earlier. After that, it’s up to you (or your boss).✤ One basic question of philosophy will shape the rest of your AUP:
“Will my policy limit access to every possibledistraction available on the Internet, or will itencourage the use of technology in a mannerthat promotes freedom with appropriatesupervision?”
✤ Current trends in AUP’s reﬂect the idea that access to the internet should be open, and that proper training and supervision should take the place of an over- bearing ﬁrewall.
Oh, and don’t forget thestudent and parent signature.__________________________
AUP Fact or Fiction?✤ #1 - Federal Law requires a parent signature for student use in schools.✤ #2 - Message boards and chat rooms must be banned in order properly protect students✤ #3 - YouTube, Facebook, Google Images, and such will be abused if not proxied.
Answers:✤ #1- No. Schools would be wise to require a signature, but no speciﬁc requirement exists.✤ #2 - No. Student use of message boards, chat rooms, or any social media is acceptable, but must be properly supervised, as required by federal law.✤ #3 - This all depends on how teachers shape their lesson plans and monitor students. Proper training and modeling of responsible technology use will promote an environment that embraces the internet. And you can always quote Spiderman to your students: “With great power comes great responsibility”.
The Best AUP:✤ Is the policy that is written and backed by all stakeholders.✤ Is the policy that puts creative, responsible learning ﬁrst.✤ Is the policy that makes preventative training more important than reactive consequences.