Principles for school districts’ social media policies

Dangerously Irrelevant

This one is about some general guidelines and principles for school districts to consider as they formulate their social media policies. And then they usually create policy documents that hector and admonish youth and educators about all of the things they shouldn’t do. My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2). Law, Policy, and Ethics Safety and Security Social Media fear policy safety social mediaMy newest article is out.

The Key to A Successful Online Safety Policy


Outline rules and ramifications of violating the online safety policy. For more information on creating a CIPA-compliant Internet Safety Policy, check this out! 70.3% of students we surveyed did not know what web filter their school was using, if at all.

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School boards: Good for policy, bad for management

The Christensen Institute

The answer lies in a truth as certain as death and taxes: elected bodies—such as school boards—are good for making public policy, but often terrible for managing organizations. Charter schools and vouchers are one way to do this, but an equally workable alternative is to create open enrollment policies among district schools and give school principals more autonomy over the visions and practices they institute on their campuses.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

The 2010 request would continue the policy of permitting States to use up to 100 percent of their allocations for competitive grants to local educational agencies. Effectiveness of Reading and Mathematics Software Products: Findings from Two Student Cohorts (Mathematica Policy Research, 2009).

Are traditional admission policies increasing racial inequality?

The Hechinger Report

The post Are traditional admission policies increasing racial inequality? Last year, the graduation rate for black students at Rutgers-Newark was 64 percent compared with 40 percent at public institutions nationally. Photo: Shelley Kusnetz. Newark, N.J.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Good Homework Policy


Read the do's and don'ts underlying her homework policy. Articles Homework Cheryl Mizerny Dan Pink grading homework homework homework policy how much homework middle school homework positive homework Rick WormeliIf teaching time in school is used effectively, not much homework needs to be given, writes MS teacher Cheryl Mizerny. When I do give homework, I make every effort to make it engaging, meaningful, and brief."

Trump's International Policies Could Have Lasting Effects On Higher Ed

NPR Learning and Tech

But after recent events, and President Trump's policies, recruiters expect numbers to drop. More than a million international students go to college in the United States. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

#ASCD12-A Presentation On Creating Social Media Policies For Schools And Districts

The Web20Classroom

Our topic was creating and crafting social media policies for schools and districts. Why continue to put in place restrictive policies that handcuff the ability of educators to do their jobs? Earlier today I had the honor and pleasure of presenting at the Annual Conference for ASCD.

The right policies for virtual schools

The Christensen Institute

The report is especially noteworthy for its analysis of how the incentives created by policy have shaped the priorities and business models of the virtual school ecosystem. Low-quality virtual schools exist today because current policies hire them to merely enroll students.

A Student-Centered BYOT Policy Template For Schools

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Charting the future of competency-based education policy

The Christensen Institute

Leather is a leader in the world of competency-based education policy and his current efforts mark an important harbinger of how these policies must evolve over time. Although New Hampshire’s bold mandate in 2005 eliminated the Carnegie Unit from the state’s high school graduation requirements, a decade later Leather’s concept of statewide competency-based policy goes far beyond eradicating the credit hour.

5 policies to help rural students get ahead

eSchool News

Next page: Five education policy recommendations to help rural students). News PolicyRural students still face a staggering number of uphill battles when it comes to securing the same educational opportunities as their suburban and urban peers, according to a new report.

Education Policy’s Roost (On Social Justice Warriors)

The Jose Vilson

Less than a year ago, I was in a heated conversation (we’ll call it that) where a few folks who disagreed on education policy brought their frustrations to full display. Jose brittany packnett education education policy education reform reflection robert pondiscio

'Personalized Learning' and the Power of the Gates Foundation to Shape Education Policy

Hack Education

As part of my Spencer Fellowship, I’m investigating the networks of investors and entrepreneurs who are shaping education technology policies and products , and I’ve decided to focus on how “personalized learning” has come to dominate the narratives surrounding technology-based education reform. With billions of dollars spent on shaping policies and narratives, the Gates Foundation remains one of the most influential (and anti-democratic) forces in education.

As Demand for Digital Materials Rises, States Adjust Policies

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association profiles four states' policies for acquiring digital instructional materials. The post As Demand for Digital Materials Rises, States Adjust Policies appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum Federal / State Policy

4 policies driving student performance in Finland and Japan

eSchool News

” Next page: Four policy levers that can help improve student learning.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

Rather, we need policies and practices to support an entire school system, which embraces and optimizes for flexible learning pathways, on-demand assessment, and multiple measures of mastery. For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Congress is now considering a draft bill , the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), that could actually pass before 2016.

Do education policy makers believe in science?

eSchool News

His research ranked almost 200 different factors according to their influence on student achievement and uncovered insights about relative effectiveness that should drive policy discussions for education stakeholders. Basing Policy Decisions on Education’s Existing Effect.

Will Reversal of FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Policy Help or Hurt Schools?

Marketplace K-12

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to dismantle "net neutrality" policies adopted two years are being greeted skeptically by some school officials. The post Will Reversal of FCC’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Policy Help or Hurt Schools? appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum / Digital Curriculum FCC Investment / Venture Capital Net Neutrality Online / Virtual Learning Open Internet Startups

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

K-12 educational technology policy. educational technology policy should be over the coming four years (when the law will next come due to be reauthorized). K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? Blog Policy Congress ESEA ESSA

5 Areas of Consideration for Developing a BYOD Policy for Your School or District

The 21st Century Principal

While there is some debate about whether a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Policy perpetuates inequities and the technology gap, school districts in times of tightening budgets and limited resources are looking for cost-effective ways to increase student access to technology. Here are some key things to consider when setting up these guidelines for a BYOD policy: Clear statement in policy that use of a device during the school day is clearly at the discretion of teachers and staff.


10 high-need education policy areas for 2017

eSchool News

In order to ensure students’ college and career readiness, the K-12 and higher education systems must be strengthened, according to a policy paper from New America , a non-partisan think tank. Next page: 10 education policy concerns for lawmakers).

How Education Policy Waves Shape Ed-Tech Products

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The buyer's needs in education are often shaped by the policy context of the education system. That means products are shaped by those policies too. Click the headline to read the full post. Questions? Email

6 Things Policy Makers Should Do to Protect Student Data in the Era of Personalized Learning


Researchers from the National the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say, yes. Education Technology Data Privacy PolicyIs the rush to bring personalized software into schools putting student data at risk? Earlier this week they released an extensive report asking lawmakers to put up some legal barriers to protect student information.

K-12 Policy Updates: Mandatory Fall Reading for Every Education Entrepreneur


It’s a document that will serve as a road map for state and local education policy for the next four years (at least), so it’s worth reading. So we’ve paired our review of the document with the latest edition of Whiteboard Advisor’s Education Insider report, which surveys Congressional and Administration staff, association leaders, and other decision-makers about what’s next for education policy. Education Technology Government Policy

U.S K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part I)

Doug Levin

What should the federal role be in promoting access to and use of technology for K-12 education (AKA ‘educational technology policy’)? ” The American Action Forum sees technology policy in ESSA sparking “ a transformation of teaching and learning.”

Policies to help students pay for college continue to shift toward favoring the rich

The Hechinger Report

Other state policies also take a toll on low-income students, researchers and advocates contend. Such policies leave fewer seats and less money for lower-income, in-state students. Eduardo Medina, a junior at Cornell, which temporarily kicked him out because of a past-due bill.

Education policy check-up: 7 things to know

eSchool News

Education Department, it’s often difficult to keep pace with new education policy recommendations, staff updates, and news. Next page: Five more education policy developments). It’s a busy–and tumultuous–time in Washington. With daily developments in the U.S.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

Unfortunately, many school districts’ filtering policies were developed before the rise of interactive web tools, social media, and mobile technologies. Therefore, we believe that schools should move from “acceptable use” to “responsible use” policies.

OPINION: It’s not too late for DeVos to make informed changes to current Title IX policies

The Hechinger Report

In July, Secretary DeVos met privately with victims of sexual assault, representatives of educational institutions, as well as students accused of sexual assault and their families to reexamine policies to combat sexual assault on campus. Higher Ed Opinion Civil rights Law and policy

Experts Look Into the Crystal Ball of the Next Administration’s Ed Policy


the experts agreed that equity, access and accountability will define the next four years of education policy. Where policy might differ is in the regulation of such programs, Robinson added. Purdue compared the future of ESSA to looking into a crystal ball, since the proposed rules for the K-12 education policy have yet to take effect. Education Technology Government Policy

Technology and Management Policies Protect Chromebooks

EdTech Magazine

By Wylie Wong When devices go off school grounds, administrators need to make sure they stay secure. Classroom Data Center Digital Content Hardware Notebooks Security Solid State Drives

9 Actions + Policies Necessary To Embrace Cell Phones for #MLearning + #BYOD

The Innovative Educator

While interest is growing in the usage of mobile devices in school, a report on learning with mobile devices and social media tells us administrators still struggle with key concerns.

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy


have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. educational policy: College and Career Readiness.

Cyber Law: Guidebook for Writing, Revising, and Implementing Technology Policies

The 21st Century Principal

Cyber Law is cover-to-cover advice for school leaders looking to write new technology policy or revise current technology policy, and Bissonette, even though she’s an attorney, uses an engaging, non-technical style. “Legal regulation of education is not new.

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Larry Ferlazzo

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two ): 12 Important Education Storylines We’ll All Be Reading About in 2018 is from The 74.

Enabling a queen sacrifice: Wisconsin sets up the policy framework

Bryan Alexander

David Vaness , a health policy professor at University of Wisconsin, dug into proposed Board of Regents language and found some powerful passages. Short version: new policies would allow shifting resources between programs due to financial considerations.

These 3 policy areas could help principals become more effective

eSchool News

While school principals are often low priorities on state education policy agendas, a handful of states have taken steps to strengthen the role principals play in schools, according to a new report commissioned by the Wallace Foundation. State leaders can use six possible policy levers.

Common Sense Social Media Policies in Schools: Working with It Instead of Banning It

The 21st Century Principal

Policies that focus on the medium rather than the real problem are doomed to failure. educational leadership Facebook Policies instructional technology social media policy technology leadership Since the state of Missouri passed a law banning teacher use of online social media communications with students, states and districts across the country are stepping up their examinations of social media and its place in schools.

"Digital-Divide" Is Not an Excuse to Avoid Implementing a BYOD Policy at Your School

The 21st Century Principal

Recently, I found myself entangled with several people in a Twitter debate about whether BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies actually perpetuate or aggravate the digital divide our students currently experience. Having a BYOD policy would seem to perpetuate the divide between the tech-haves and tech-have-nots. Still, we do need to be concerned about the effects of the digital divide under our BYOD policy.