I head back out to the airport this morning, after a couple of weeks at home. During my time here, I finished the biggest layer of a major writing project, re-wrote Hitchhikr, spent a little time in my favorite City, Asheville, with Brenda and my parents, and saw my daughter graduate from college — and move back home.
I spent all of yesterday afternoon shopping for luggage, downsizing to comply with the airlines’ recent clampdown on carry-on bags. My 22 inch rollaboard, it seems, is actually 23 inches long, when you factor in the wheels. I understand the airlines frustrations as delays result from late boarders not having room left in the overhead for their rollaboards, and having to check them through to their destination. It won’t work for me. I’ve had too many valuables disappear from checked luggage, items that all seemed to be exempt from the airlines reimbursement policies (don’t leave jewelry in your checked luggage).
But that’s not the point. I want to let you know about a new wiki site that I’ve been working on over the past couple of weeks. It’s not a topic that I have any real expertise in — which is why I made it a wiki, I guess. However, it is a topic that is coming up increasingly in conversations, and one that is related to the perennial discussions about inappropriate content and unsafe net practices.
We wrote Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) in the mid-ninties, as schools added technology to their classrooms and connected themselves to the Internet (remember NetDay?). But many of those AUPs have not changed in more than 10 years, while the information landscape has grown enormously and evolved in some significant and impactful ways.
So I have established this wiki, School AUP 2.0 (sorry), to facilitate more conversation about AUPs, and to provide a watering hole for professional educators who are looking to cross the desert. The page features an overview, a notes page (for random jottings), a structure page (listing common structure elements), and an article about a layered approach to AUPs.
The wiki also includes a number of resource pages with RSS feeds from my own Diigo account and Del.icio.us sites tagged by anyone. There are listings for:
- AUP Guiding Documents (tagged “aup” & “guide”)
- Sample AUPs (tagged “aup” & “sample”)
- AUP Examples (tagged “aup” & “example”)
- Cell PHone Policies (tagged “aup” & “cellphone”)
There is also an RSS feed listing for blog entries that include school and AUP.
Some of the wiki pages are not editable. However, most of them can be commented. There is an RSS feed for the entire site as well as separate feeds for individual pages.