Archive for November, 2010

Student Misuse of ECDs

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

New suggested guidelines for students’ use of ECDs (electronic communication devices) were drafted by the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. The report suggests some answers to commonly asked questions by K-12 administrators and teachers. Of interest to me in the full report were the dimensions of privacy and free speech addressed.

Examples from the report:

  • What qualifies as an electronic communication device?
    • Cell phones, computers, pagers, and any device that allows direct electronic communication or communication via social networking.
  • When do school electronic communication device rules apply?
    • During school activities on school time and during school-endorsed activities outside of school hours.
  • What constitutes misuse of an electronic communication device?
    • Refusal to turn off a device when told; damaging school-owned devices; causing an in-school disruption; using the device for cheating, cyberbullying, or sexting.
  • When can schools punish a student for misuse outside of school?
    • When misuse causes school disruptions or harms students, teachers, or other school personnel in a manner that the offending student should have expected.
  • What are acceptable consequences for misuse?
    • Device searches; verbal and written warnings; confiscations; notices to parents or law-enforcement authorities; extracurricular restrictions; and suspensions or expulsions.
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ECD (Electronic Communication Device)

The National Educational Technology Plan is here

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The title, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, is a powerful and engaging title. The plan calls for revolutionary change in education – led by innovations from technology.  The plan envisions students being motivated, enabled, and inspired.  I’d roll up my sleeves to get to work but I don’t think I can roll them any higher.

The cover of the National Educational Technology Plan 2010

National Educational Technology Plan

Give is a read through or at least through the executive summary and let us know what you think.