Policy and Leadership

Exciting changes are taking place in education. And all of these changes require sound policy and strong leadership that focuses school technology-use on instruction and equity while protecting students, enlisting stakeholder support, and educating the entire school community about responsible and ethical Internet use. This toolkit is designed to help school leaders evaluate current policies and approaches and consider what changes might be necessary in order to keep pace in a rapidly changing world.

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AUPs

Download the attached PDF that links to a variety of Acceptable Use Policies that focus on student learning.

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Flipped Classroom Policy Implications

Educators interested in ways to use technology to improve student learning are exploring the idea of a "flipped" classroom. This resources provides additional detail on what the flipped approach entails and policies that impact.

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Introduction to Project Red

Project Red is a coalition of research organizations focused on supporting school leaders in the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning, specifically through one-to-one computing programs. 

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Making the Right Technology Decisions for your District

As laptops, smartphones, and tablets become more available and cost-effective, one-to-one computing is becoming a more viable option for many school districts. The success of one-to-one computing depends on several issues that must be addressed through research and policy considerations.

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Policy Presentation for School Boards

Download this sample presentation file (Microsoft PowerPoint*) that you can modify and adapt for your own use

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Policy Presentation for Administrators

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Policy Presentation for Staff and Faculty

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Policy Presentation for Parents

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Teamwork Takes This Texas District’s 1:1 Program to the Next Level

It’s been several years since we first profiled Klein ISD’s one-to-one program. In this update we look at what’s happened over eight years in this pioneering district.

1:1 Laptops Set the Stage for District-Wide Innovation

Twelve years ago, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) in Virginia handed out Dell laptops to the ninth-grade students at its new high school and students attending the Engineering Academy. Today, all 5,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers in the district are part of the Dell Latitude 1:1 program.

Community Support and Personalized Learning in Clear Creek ISD

Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) in Texas began its 1:1 initiative in a thoughtful and careful manner, by involving community members in the planning process, investing heavily in professional learning, and gradually phasing in devices across the district.

A District CIO Shares 10 Keys to One-to-One Success

HP 2 in 1 devices, comfy student workspaces, extensive professional development, and a commitment to continuous improvement all characterize Tippecanoe School Corporation’s successful approach to technology in education.

A One-to-One District Eight Years Later

Debbie Rice, of Auburn City Schools in Alabama, talks about her district’s choice of HP 2 in 1 devices; effective professional development; and how to sustain one-to-one.

Planning + PD = One-to-One Success in MO District

Michael Mason, superintendent of Reeds Spring School District in Missouri, doesn’t remember exactly when he knew a one-to-one program was in his district’s future, but he thinks it probably happened three years ago. “Some schools in our area were discussing 1:1 and I thought it was time to start talking about it with my colleagues. What would it look like? How would we do it?” he explains. 

Crescent Public Schols' One-to-One Laptops

The Crescent Public School District in central Oklahoma that serves about 600 students in a population with 60% eligible for free or reduced lunch hosts a one-to-one laptop program for its middle and high school students. 

Providing Rural Students Access to Technology

Faced with the decline of the local textile industry, in 2009 the rural Piedmont City School district in northeastern Alabama, began MPower, a program to provide laptops to all students in Grades 4-12.

One-to-One in the Asheboro City Schools

According to a state web site, “The guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education, and prepared for life in the 21st century.”

10 Privacy Steps Every District Can Take Today!

In this follow-up post, Bob Moore offers practical advice for handling privacy and data in schools. 

 

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IT Advice From Experts Beyond the Education World

At a recent conference about infrastructure and end-user support, I found some interesting insights about mobile device management, BYOD, and overall mobility strategy.

 
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New guidebook from Intel Focuses on Transforming Education

Transforming Education for the Next Generation takes a holistic and global approach to educational success.

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Developing the Vision – and the Will – to Transform Education

Overhauling education is not easy. Visionary leadership and collaborative teamwork are of primary importance if we are to move schools into the future.

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Building a Community for One-to-One

Five years after his school first went one-to-one, a high school principal shares a building-level perspective on starting and maintaining a successful initiative.

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Addressing Privacy Issues Around Student Data

Are you concerned about student privacy? CoSN's new toolkit addresses this crucial issue.

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Policy Toolkit Links and Resources

Some useful links to resources that support ed tech policy and leadership

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Top Tips for Involving Parents and Community Members

Clear Creek ISD, in Texas, has an ambitious one-to-one program and lots of community support, thanks to involved and knowledgeable family members. Here are eight tips for involving parents and the community in your technology initiatives.

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Cloud Computing: A Look at School-Based Practices Today

Increasingly, data we use on a daily basis – including information used by schools to track students and manage resources – are stored in the cloud. Are we doing an adequate job of informing parents and protecting student privacy in this new, cloud-based world? According to a recent study by Fordham University the answer, in many school districts, is NO.

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U.S. Students Receive Average Scores on International PISA Assessments

Results of the 2012 PISA (Program for International Assessment) assessments, announced on December 3, show 15-year-olds in the US. continuing to perform somewhat below average in mathematics literacy and fairly close to the international average in science and reading literacy.

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