Saturday, July 14, 2012

Acceptable Use Policies for Kids

Hi there!!! It's Sandy from Soaring Through Second! 

Soaring Through Second

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Many of us are using iPads, iPods, or other devices in our classrooms this coming year! This technology is so exciting, especially when we get it into the hands of young learners!!! It can definitely enhance learning, encourage creativity and collaboration, and keep the kiddos engaged in their learning! 

Before my kids even get to touch, look at, breath on, or use :) their iPads next year, I am going to spend LOTS of time going over the do's and don't's of using the iPads. I've found that spending this time on procedures (just like with anything else in the classroom) will save me lots of time, lots of shouting across the room, and lots of headaches during the school year. 

They must know what is expected of them in order to be successful! 

Soooooo, I created an "Acceptable Use Policy" for my kiddos! Here it is:

I plan on spending lots of time drilling each point/procedure into the kids' heads (like iPad bootcamp!) ;-)  

We'll model it. 
Practice it. 
Celebrate correct use. 
Take pictures of it.
I'll bring my pom poms in from my old cheerleading days and cheer for the kids that are doing it right... 
And anything else I can do to get these procedures stuck in their brains! 

Once we've gone through all of the procedures, I'll post these

on our classroom rules board so we can refer back to them. 

And, as part of their homework, they'll need to take the AUP home with them, "teach" their parents about the AUP, and then have their parent sign it too (just so the parents know what is expected of their kiddos when it comes to the iPads at school). 

Head on over to my { blog } to pick up the AUP and the posters! :-) There are three different versions of the contract- one for iPad, one for iPod, and one for devices. Each version has two types- one that says "my iPad" and one that says "the iPad" (in case your students are sharing them!)  

If you need the AUP or the posters to say something different, PLEASE feel free to email me and I'll fix it up for you! 

As always, I LOVE to hear from you! 

What do you do to make sure your kiddos are using their technology appropriately???! :-) 
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  1. Thank you SO much for sharing these! I agree with you that it is super important to model and practice these procedures before using the devices so the children know what is expected of them.

    The Resource Room Teacher

  2. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I just printed out and can't wait to laminate and hang in my classroom near my iPads.

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