Week 1

Cyber Law Discussion-
Our district has also adopted Learning.com for our state adopted technology curriculum. During trainings teachers are made aware of the online safety portion of this product. After the initial implementation, a lot of training was being held. Just this school year we have switched K-2 and 6-8 to this same product so retraining is going on during the first part of the year. Our Instructional Technology Department website does have a page specifically for Online Safety content as well links regarding Cyberbulling. My district is very conservative and blocks just about everything with the ability for teachers/staff to request sites to unblock if needed for an educational purpose. YouTube is currently blocked for all staff and students. The district is still considering opening up access to just professional staff members. The term Cyberbullying is not used specifically, but our acceptable use policy does state “System users may not send or post messages that are abusive, obscene, pornographic, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another's reputation, or illegal.” This is part of the student code of conduct which parents and students must sign. In the event that a situation does occur, consequences are given and an user’s computer access is revoked.

Week 2

Cyber Law Discussion-
I have read through pages of acceptable use policies for students and professionals as well as searched my district’s website for “Social Networking.” There is nothing currently added to any of these that specifically target Social Networking. I am at the district level, so I am not sure what is being told to teachers, but I would hope there would be some conversations about not posting to these sites during working hours or during trainings. I have been amazed what professionals have posted to their Facebook walls during the school day or during trainings regarding how their day is or how boring trainings are. I know we have all verbally said these things to our colleagues, families, or friends, but somehow seeing these words in writing is so much worse because it has been documented. The only time I have been told to monitor what was on my Facebook page was at the beginning of the school year. My boss sent out an email that if we had put anything up on Facebook concerning something related to the building we work in, to please remove it as soon as possible. Due to the nature of the situation, it was more about security from an outside source than anything to do with our district or building.

My district is very protective of student data. No full student names are posted on the district website all the way down to no class lists being posted outside of classrooms in the schools. With parent approval students may be named by First Name, Last Initial on the websites. Parents must also return a form that will allow or not allow the student to have their picture taken or person information released in a campus directory. Student Cumulative folders are stored in a secure central location where staff must sign out for each folder and work with them within this same space. They must also briefly list their reasoning for accessing the information included in the Cum folder.

The use of our student management allows student information to be shared with only those staff members who have an educational need to that information. If the staff member is not a regular classroom teacher and needs to access students then they must complete a confidentiality form and get permission from the campus principal and district administration. From there the rights will be assigned depending on the staff member’s position. Part of the student acceptable use policy and student code of conduct states that students may not distribute personal information about themselves or others by means of the electronic communications system unless instructed to do so by an administrator, counselor, librarian or teacher for instructional purposes.

Week 3

Cyber Law Discussion-
Fortunately every computer in our schools should be connected to our network for internet access. Depending on the age of the computer, the access may be hindered a bit due to operating systems and/or browser versions. In years past my district has always had an 8 year replacement cycle for equipment, but due to finances the last 2 or 3 years all replacements were put on hold. Seven years ago Title I began to allocate a rather large sum of funds to technology purchases. This began the implementation of presentation stations in classrooms but only at Title I campuses. It was five years before the district was able to use some of the local funds to implement these at not Title I schools, but even then they were not given the same amount of equipment. Part of the Instructional Technology Department’s role is to assist teachers with integrating technology with their curriculum regardless of the state of the equipment. Different departments throughout the district have purchased online resources that relate to department objectives for teachers. Once again these may change due to whether local district or Title I funds were used when purchasing. However even our non-Title I campuses have access to some fantastic online resources. Our digital divide has more to do with the amount of equipment at the campuses across the entire district than having access to the Internet. With the recent passing of a bond package with an enormous technology portion, we should begin to see this leveling off possibly as soon as December. Campuses will be able to replace older computers with items such as netbooks, laptops, ipads, etc. based on the individual classroom needs. All of these devices will be connected to the Internet through either wireless or wired connections.
I would like to use a clip of a song to introduce figurative language. The song would be used for educational purposes and has been released on a CD purchased by me. A clip of no more than 30 seconds would be used for students to identify the type of figurative language used. The song would only be played by me on the day of the lesson and no copies of the song would be made. This use will not negatively affect the sale or value of the work. Based on these four “fair use” factors, this would fall under the “fair use” policy.

Week 4

Cyber Law Discussion-
The Director of Instructional Technology and the Assistant Superintendent of Technology have done a fantastic job of assessing legal risks arising from the use of classroom technology. They have weekly meetings to discuss any issues as well as involving our district attorney when questions arise. All contracts are now being fed through our legal office as well. This has really come into place this past summer when Apple has changed some of its licensing related to iPod and iPad app purchases. The Director of Instructional Technology has been in close contact with Apple to track the changes and requirements while making sure all processes are in order before our huge order of bond funded technology arrives in the next couple of months.

Part of our district’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) informs users of the intended educational use of technology. This is also reiterated during most of the technology trainings being held at the district and campus levels. When any type of training is being held educational examples are always used.
To my knowledge current contracts have not had input from students, parents, or teachers. This past summer the district has worked on a 5 year Technology road map as well as guidelines for what individual classrooms should look like technology wise. This process began through a directive of the board based on the findings from the Bond Advisory Committee that was made up of parents and community members. This road map was a collaborative event between assistant superintendents, curriculum staff, principals, teachers, technology trainers, and technology specialists.

The student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is part of the student code of conduct that must be signed by all students and parents at the beginning of each school year. The Instructional Technology Department creates a Campus Technology Trainer program that prepares these teacher trainers to present sessions at their campus. Depending on what initiative is taking place, some professional development can be tied to the requirements while other is just encouraged. We will be requiring mandatory training for personnel who are set to receive iPads and iPods through the bond project. These devices will not be handed to the employee until they attend a face to face training session. We have decided to go this route with these devices because they are new technologies in our schools.
All AUPs are posted on the district website. The district as well as individual schools have hosted Internet Safety information meetings throughout the school year.

Any violations of school technology contracts at the campus level are reported in the following order: teacher, principal, appropriate department, and then to the Assistant Superintendent of Technology.
Ethics related to computer and Internet use is part of the Acceptable Use Policies for students and all employees. Technology specific courses have a unit built in to their curriculum to address this topic. Other classes can get this information through our adopted Technology Textbook adoption.

Week 5

Cyber Law Discussion-
I would have to say that my district does make an active effort to monitor proposed legislation. Our Assistant Superintendent of Technology and the Directory of Instructional Technology both are very active in forums and mail lists that relay information about proposed legislation. When anything related to educational technology is of importance, the that information is passed on to the rest of the technology departments. Instructional Technology Specialists are also always researching and reading information that relates to education technology as well.