Smarter Clicking: School Technology Policies That Work!

Smarter Clicking: School Technology Policies That Work!

By: Christopher W. Wells (author)Paperback

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School leaders strive to use cutting-edge technology resources in ways that meet instructional needs and provide an appropriate and safe environment for students and staff members. Designed for administrators, school technology teams, and technology coordinators, this comprehensive and well written resource provides much-needed guidance for working with staff, parents, students, and community members to address instructional and privacy issues related to the use of current and emerging technologies. Christopher Wells defines the components of a school's technology system, explains the legal concerns and potential problems that may arise, and offers concrete strategies for successful development, communication, implementation, and maintenance of meaningful technology policies for schools and districts. Smarter Clicking: School Technology Policies That Work! contains leadership ideas to help educators support a collaborative learning culture through technology, rather than an environment where students and staff members feel restricted.

About Author

Christopher Wells is the IT policies and communications director for Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in Georgia. With more than 160,000 students in the district, he responds to the diverse, creative ways technology is being used in classrooms. Christopher presents regularly and his enthusiasm for his topic material is contagious (even if the audience thinks that technology policies and procedures are boring!). By incorporating realistic examples and messages with humor, compassion, and vision, Christopher consistently engages diverse audiences and leaves listeners focused and energized on the development of new resources for students and teachers. In the past, he worked for Arthur Andersen, a global consulting firm, and developed and managed a global distance learning consulting practice. Prior to that, Christopher was a high school science and computer science teacher, developing curricula for biology, ecology, environmental science, oceanography, science research, and AP Pascal classes. Christopher is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, earning his BS in science education and biology and an MS in computer education with an emphasis on instructional technology. He is currently a PhD student at Walden University's College of Management and Technology in leadership and organizational change. Christopher is still actively involved in several organizations that involve youth and the natural world, including a youth retreat movement for middle school students and a sea turtle research project run on Wassaw Island, Georgia.


About the Author Preface 1. Optional No Longer: The Need for Effective School Technology Policies Why school technology policies are essential Legal policy requirements Comparing technology expectations and correlating policies Using policies to shape instructional expectations for technology 2. It's Everyone's Responsibility: A Collaborative Approach to Technology Policy Development Leading technology policy development and implementation Policy development and implementation responsibilities Comparing the policies of school and home technology use Policies for the larger learning community outside of school Involving more learning community members in policy development 3. Good Fences Make Good Users: Policies for Protecting Privacy Student and staff privacy: the policy perspective Managing sensitive instruction-related information Guidelines for protecting student information The emerging social networking challenge 4. Keeping Money in the Checking Account: Policies for Protect Technology Investments The real cost of innovation in the classroom Educating and the investment cost of technology Developing policies to address the changing scope of educational technology investments 5. Knowing the Secret Handshake: Technology Access Policies Evaluating school technology functions and related policies Developing Acceptable use policies (AUPs) Using passwords to secure access 6. Buttons, Bells, and Flashing Lights: Managing K-12 Internet Use Internet applications in the classroom Policy development to support instructional internet use Policies to protect others' privacy and personal rights 7. No Stone Unturned: Implementing Technology Policies and Procedures Exploring the impact of policies on the learning culture Shaping the culture with school technology policies and procedures Supporting culture change with technology team members Managing community response to school technology policies Preventing conflicts over policy components 8. In My Crystal Ball, I See...: Emerging Technology Concerns Policy challenges of ubiquitous technology Addressing emerging technology and limiting risks Policy development to support future appropriate school technology use Resources References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412966993
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 152
  • ID: 9781412966993
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 141296699X

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