Although neither the state of Tennessee nor Shelby County Schools requires a technology skills assessment for teachers, Shelby County Schools can stay ahead of the curve by implementing one. If teachers are comfortable with technology then they can successfully use it with students. Regular student use of current technology is an ideal way to prepare them for technology that they will encounter in college and the everyday world.
Online course management is used for distance learning, face-to-face and hybrid college courses. High school students should have as much exposure to these types of resources as possible. Perhaps English courses could include blogging and other online activities as a part of the curriculum.
You must protect your students privacy and also consider the school&#x2019;s stakeholders. Word travels fast, so you must be accurate and appropriate with your words.
Teachers or students may prefer to use their own laptops and other devices for projects and assignments. At other times guest speakers may arrive on campus with their own laptops and need to access the network for a presentation. Proper documentation of who accesses our network keeps it safe from vulnerabilities and breaches.
This policy covers lots of things from using technology for school-related purposes only to demonstrating proper netiquette. Teachers need to be made aware of protocol and share it with their students before beginning to use technology.
Informing teachers of what is available and how it can be used will assist them with lesson planning. Software can be used and installed in accordance with the licensing agreement that comes with it.
FERPA laws protect the privacy of students. By using passwords and screensaver passwords, teachers can ensure that sensitive information, such a personal data or grades, is not accessed accidentally or maliciously.
The Technology Policies
We Need Now... and Why
Rosalind M. Hardin
Technology Leadership in Schools
July 17, 2010
Establish a baseline for teacher technology knowledge
Shelby County Schools provides technology resources
to enhance the quality and delivery of education. To
best use our resources, teachers will beneﬁt from
being well trained.
Opportunities should be given for teachers to
implement web 2.0 and online course
management systems in their classes.
The school board supports instructional use of
educational collaborative and interactive sites.
Draft all electronic communication as if anyone
can read it.
Electronic communications and data are not
private in the school setting.
Access to the wireless network with personal
devices or devices belonging to other
organizations is arranged through school level
Personal equipment on SCS property is subject
to our Acceptable Use Policy.
Proper modeling of digital citizenship
encourages students to use technology wisely.
Employees are trusted to be professional in the
use of electronic resources.
Teachers will be made aware of available
software and licenses so they may use it with
The school system is legally obligated to adhere
to all laws, policies, and licensing agreements
pertaining to software on school computers.
Policy # 7
Password security protects teachers and
students when using digital resources.
Protecting sensitive data with logon and
screensaver passwords is extremely important.
Policy # 8
Technology resources available for face-to-face
classes should be available for online classes.
Using the same standards of conduct online as in
a face-to-face class helps students to value non
traditional learning experiences.
The audience for this presentation is the faculty and
staff at Germantown High School. Our school
system revised the Acceptable Use Policies for
teachers and students last school year. They were
updated to reﬂect changing technology and new
This presentation is a follow up to the AUP update.
It offers suggestions for properly implementing the