use ict safely, responsibly and ethically
Schools use a variety of strategies to ensure the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching. On my recent practicum I was exposed to a number of documents regarding ICT use. These include: The Teacher ICT Policy Agreement, the student Internet and Network Services User Agreement, the school Cybersafety Policy, and the Information Sheet for Parents and Caregivers.
Acceptable Use Agreement for Students
Before my year 2 class could use the PC, SMART Board or iPad the student, caregiver and teacher had to sign the Internet and Network Services User Agreement. This document articulates the standards of behaviour when using ICT in the classroom. The agreement is only for 12 months so it needs to be re-signed at the beginning of each school year. If this document was not signed, the student could not use the internet on school premises. This document included information on:
- Sharing the computer with classmates
- Knowing that teachers will look at the work they do on the computer
- Not telling anyone their password
- Telling their parents about the things they do on the internet
- Only staying on the pages the teachers show them
- Not telling anyone on the internet their name or where they live
- Telling the teacher if they see something on the internet that makes them feel uncomfortable
Inclusion in lessons
Prior to the students engaging in internet use, my supervising teacher would refer to a document she had on the wall, which stated the rules of using the internet in her classroom.