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|The conventional wisdom in education is that any school reform--be it curriculum, instruction, assessment, or teacher professionalism--is most likely to take hold in schools that have strong leadership. The same holds true for technology. Any educator will tell you the most successful implementation of technology programs takes place in schools where the principal sees him or herself as a technology leader.|
|Virginia Department of Education has put together a comprehensive resource list of what to include and how to write an acceptable use policy (AUP)for your school or district. The page includes resources such as templates, samples, and resources relating to ethics, safety, and copyright.|
|In this 10 minute presentation, Harvey Barnett shares information and resources about cyber safety and ethical use including plagiarism, copyright, and file sharing. These are important topics to include in your technology planning process. In fact, they are now required in California after the passage of Assembly Bill 307.|
|In this Radio TICAL episode, Gabe Soumakian, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource in Burbank Unified School District got a chance to speak with Stephen Kay for a second time regarding how Burbank USD is implementing several programs to assist their districtís 21st century vision. In this episode Gabe shares the various ways the district is transitioning to a paperless environment for documents, student and personnel records, and surveying.|
|This website offers links to several sample Acceptable Use Policies that schools and districts may use as they develop or update policies of their own.|
|Founded by Dr. Larry S. Anderson, this site offers a wealth of information for technology planning at various educational levels. There are sample needs assessments, plans, articles, and a guidebook for planning. The podcasts with Dr. Anderson can be useful in setting the stage with your technology planning committee.|
|CA 21st century district initiative brings together resources for all CA districts relating to a new approach to technology policies including social media, 1:1, BYOD, and more. Changing the focus of polices from technology to the behaviors of students and staff is at the core of the initiative.|
|The US Department of Education has created a website to help school districts envision how to support teaching and learning using technology. Also called etoolkit, it includes an interactive map to assist with building a vision. There is also a "bandwidth calculator" to help schools and districts look at bandwidth needs to support various uses of technology.|
|This is a dynamic document designed to support teachers, school media specialists, and education leaders in developing, maintaining, and enforcing Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) designed to: Promote the most effective, productive, and instructionally sound uses of digital, networked, and abundant information environments and Provide safe digital environments for learners and to instill safe practices and habits among the learning community.|
|A great way to create a connected America is to involve all Americans in the development of a National Broadband Plan. The FCC welcomes civic participation, and look forward to more interaction through this Web site. This site offers overview information about broadband, initiatives related to broadband, events where people can participate and learn about the actions taking place, and much more.|