AUP for mobile devices
Posted 06 May 2008 - 10:03 PM
Thing is, in reality, students aren't allowed these devices even in school. Mobile phones, due to insurance and security concerns, are not allowed. Yet every - and I mean every - student has a phone with them. The basic consensus is that students don't have them on, keep them in their pockets and then switch on when out of school. A quite literal definition of powering down.
Schools have to find a middle ground here. Clearly we don't want students with their phones on, answering and texting when they should be concentrating in class, but as phones become ever more sophisticated we simply cannot ignore the digital resources the students bring into class.
We haven't quite hit the resource that changes everything yet - but the advances of the iPhone and iPod touch - perhaps with a flavour of the EeePC - together with all the rival developments - mean that students will soon have an ideal learning resource in their pocket.
This is very tricky though - I fully understand the precautions that schools have to take. Insurance claims together with potential other issues cause an instant ban. Yet is there a middle way here? A way of getting students to use phones / devices for positive educational use but not cause headaches for the school bursar? Surely the fact that a phone is insured on the bus or as a student walks to / from school means schools don't have to take on that responsiblity.
So - here is a call to, erm, mobiles. Ideas for an Acceptable Use Policy for Mobile Devices in schools.
Posted 06 May 2008 - 10:12 PM
An insurance link (and obvious advertising):
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Posted 07 May 2008 - 06:49 AM
Also, what about 1:1 laptop schools? Is the school responsible for insuring these? How do they manage to afford this? Perhaps we could investigate that avenue.
Finally, I'm part of (albeit on the periphery) of a Becta/Historical Association project into using mobile devices in the classroom. This might be something that could be explored with their resources...
Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:20 AM
Ah yes - great connection. I guess this might take it slightly off in a different direction as I believe this was more about providing students with devices, but it can surely form a major part.
Digital devices only really become transformational when they become as common as bringing a pen to a lesson. I suppose one solution to the problem is for the devices to be provided by the school - but this really doesn't appear to be a realistic proposition across UK schools. Yet that isn't really what I'm after either - I'm after a way to encourage and safely use mobile devices in school.
Then again, just like students forgetting their pen, I left my iPod touch at home today
Posted 07 May 2008 - 09:04 PM
Towards a forward-thinking Acceptable Use Policy for mobile devices
Posted 08 May 2008 - 11:11 PM
The idea of using such technology does have a lot of potential in my opinion, but the management issues that could potentially come with it are significant.
Posted 09 May 2008 - 06:41 AM
Welcome to the forum! Thanks for the link, haven't seen that one before and it looks useful.
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