When I first started thinking about what I wanted to do for my second COETAIL project, ideas were swarming in my head and I was having difficulty nailing down what I wanted to do. Sean Thompson approached me one day and asked if I would like to work with him on creating an online usage policy. I immediately agreed because the idea was one I was thinking about and Sean and I have had some great tech conversations. We began exchanging our ideas back and forth via e-mail and had a wonderful meeting at my house to hammer out the project.
We decided we wanted to create a web site where schools could send their teachers and students to view resources, complete activities, and in the end feel comfortable enough to begin drafting their own policies. Early in the creation process Sean and I determined that our main focus should be creating sample policies for students and teachers. We discussed it and decided he would work on the student policy and I would focus on the policy for teachers.
As I sat down to create the online usage policy for teachers, I kept thinking about the articles I have read, videos I’ve seen, and issues that have been brought up in class. Creative Commons and Copyright popped to the forefront of my mind, as did cyberbullying, privacy students, and age of consent for web site memberships. The issues chosen were ones that I felt were the most important and I doubt I’ve touched on them all. I also did not want it to be too long or technically worded. Finally I wanted my document to come across as supportive and understanding that teachers may make mistakes and may need help with certain things.
I had two different options when creating the actual form. At first I created the form using Weebly’s own form generator. However, during our COETAIL meeting misternorris showed me how Google Forms records their results. the easiest way to determine the differences is to compare them side by side.
|Variety of response types||Yes||Yes|
|Specific name field||Yes||No (but you can create it)|
|Mandatory question option||Yes||Yes|
|Variety of themes||No||Yes|
|E-mail form results||No||Yes|
|Easily accessible spreadsheet of results||No (only accessible when it editing mode of that cell)||Yes|
For my personal use I want to keep this agreement in mind when I’m using the Internet and Social Media within my class. I would also love to conduct a session with teachers and students to talk about these issues and facilitate a conversation as they create their own usage agreement.
Please feel free to go to the Acceptable Usage Agreement Teacher Assistant and have a look.
All Images created using Wordle and text from my past posts.