Revisiting AUPs

A few minutes ago, UK Canadian educator Sharon Peters blogged (Web 2.0 Integration and New Issues with AUP) about a staff development that she delivered on Web 2.0 applications (podcasts, wikis, etc.), and how thrilled she was about the response from teachers, for whom this is all quite new.  She even has teachers wanting to try Moodle. A challenge that she sees, and one that I had already intended to write about this morning, is that most schools and districts are operating under Acceptable Use Policies that were written before there was a Read/Write Web.

Back in November, EdTech published an article of mine on managing edublogging from a school or district perspective.  The article was called, Blog Rules.  In it, I suggest that we “..shake out those old AUPs and re-dress them for the read/write Web.”  Here are three elements that I believe should be a part of any school or district AUP. 

  • Why — How do these technology applications help us do our jobs as teachers and learners.
  • What — What practices do we believe will result in our goals.
  • What Not — Here are the practices that we do not want to see.

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a tech director asking if I knew of any published AUPs that are addressing Web 2.0 applications.  My answer was no, but I’d ask.  So here I am asking.

  • Is your district working on a new AUP to address new web applications?

  • Have you already completed one and have it available for viewing by other educators? 

If your answer to either of these questions is yes, please reply to this blog with any information that will be useful to others who are grappling with making the most of these brand new tools in ways that do not cause any harm to our children, to us, or to our cause.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.