Hi Ginger. One idea is to have a part of the AUP be student-oriented, accessible, and easy to remember. At The Peck School, where I was tech head, we came up with the acronym "LARK" - all computer use at the school had to be L - Legal, A - Appropriate, R - Responsible and K - Kind. The kids all got to know this and when they crossed over the line it was just a matter of saying, "Do you think what just happened is LARK?" and you could just watch them going over in their minds L - Legal, A - Appropriate, etc., and stopping at the letter that applied. Students used to send me photos of larks and even started spilling the LARK term to other ethical issues. This is also described in my book http://www.iste.org/laptop -- Pamela Livingston
What an awesome idea Pamela - so simple and catchy! This is so appropriate for my class level - I hope you don't mind if I introduce LARK to my students and see if they can come up with one of their own!
We searched for something similar for the students using / working with the course wiki. We went for a wiki charter - highlighting like Pamela, simple key words; Collaboration, Accountability and Respect. The students then designed the mini movie.
Pam - what a great idea. I teach middle school and your acronym is exactly something they can relate to. May I use it? We don't have laptops for all of our students, but we are trying to get there with our high school. We're off to a good start just by updating our AUP.
Our AUP is not as clever as those mentioned here, but here's my contribution to this discussion. I'm open to suggestions although this version is leaps and bounds better than the one we had 2 years ago. It's good to see other versions as well.
Trying to put together an AUP for a PYP school in the Middle East atm. George, there is so much in yours that i like and you know what they say about reinventing the wheel... Would it be possible for me to use it as a model for ours or are there any copywright issues that I need to be aware of? Eitherway thanks for sharing it.