I am aware that some schools use one generic agreement encompassing all students from all levels, but this is not always the case.
Different schools have different resources, some schools use shared technology and some have one-to-one programs.
The technological needs, skills and responsibilities of students are not the same throughout their entire education.
Preps have no need to sign a contract saying they will not hack into other student’s email accounts, if they do not have an account of their own, or know how to use an email account.
Most secondary students do not need to be reminded that expensive technology should not be put in their mouths.
It is for such reasons there is now a junior (P-2) and a senior (3-6) user agreement implemented at my current school.
Both cover the basics:
-no use of equipment until the agreement is signed and returned
-not telling anyone your password
-not using ICT to be mean to others
-not using a photo as an avatar on the blog
-ICT is to be used for school work only
-teachers must be asked for permission before publishing personal information online (such as names, phone numbers, photos, addresses)
-students must be responsible with equipment
-damaged equipment must be reported
-blog comments will be moderated before publishing
-how to report if something unacceptable is accessed
The junior agreement differs, as this agreement requires students to seek permission from a teacher before using any technology.
The senior agreement differs in the following ways:
-no using anyone else’s username when logging into a service
-no searching for things that are unacceptable (including violence, rudeness and offensive language)
-no downloading any files or programs without teacher permission (in the interest of copyright laws)
-no attempting to access any systems, and not disrupting any ICT systems
-no publishing of details of other students
-no associating their name, or the names of fellow students, with media posted on the internet
-no attaching of personal technology to the school devices, internet or network without teacher permission
-providing written permission from a parent/guardian to bring personal technology to school
-understanding that ICT rules apply to personal devices and ICT equipment
-and the agreement also elaborates on not using ICT for negative purposes, by mentioning bullying, harassment, harming anyone else connected to the school, or the school itself, even in jest.
The next challenge is staff agreements.
We are adults and are expected to behave responsibly.
Are there some things that are so very obvious we should not include them on a user agreement, such as not online-shopping while in the classroom during class time, when you should be teaching?
There has already been some contention over the use of personal computers and devices at school.
If they are used and damaged at school who should pay to fix them?
Can we use the school internet and services if we may not have adequate virus protection and could be putting the network at risk?
Should we have to provide our personal property to be loaded up with network and CEO programs, such as z-scaler?
(Do not get me started on z-scaler, it is a persistently annoying, useless service that has only created problems for everyone.)
We have also looked at setting guidelines for the use of facebook.
I personally would not befriend students, at it places everyone involved in an uncomfortable situation, and also at personal and possibly legal risk.
Others have befriended dozens of past and/or present students.
Would they need to delete them if they have signed the agreement?
Should this agreement be attached to our employment contracts?
What would be the repercussions of voiding the agreement?