I am looking for examples of school policies that embrace use of networks, blogs, wikis, and other web-based tools for purposes of reflection, collaboration, etc. If you belong to a campus or school district that has recently refined, revised, or completely overhauled policy to reflect 21st century collaborative computer technologies, please share your story!
I have the ear of a school board member in my community who is willing to look at our district's web publishing policy, which was last revised in 2001. She wants see examples of what other systems are doing.
I am not
talking about an AUP, which our district also has and, point for point, is pretty much on par with the AUPs I've seen and read here at Classroom 2.0 and elsewhere. I am talking about school board guidelines
for what can and cannot be produced and published on the web. (Our current policy expressly prohibits content created by teachers and students that isn't hosted inside the school network. The policy's focus is on static, school-centered sites maintained by an individual staff member designated by the principal. There is a statement in there about classroom web pages, but they have to be within the school's web site. You can read the entire six-page document
, if you are so inclined.)
One question I have in particular: Do we really need two policies? Can the publishing policy be merged with the AUP? Shouldn't "appropriate use" encompass web production
activities as well as accessing and consuming web content?
I am especially interested in how large, diverse public school systems (such as mine) are adapting.