From a strict K-6 standpoint:
The technology committee of the school has decided that the school will
not be involved in creating/approving individual email accounts for our
students. This decision came about upon reviewing a lot of problems, many
of which have been mentioned. Personally, I supported this position on
However, even for the K students, I have applications that are used in
their education where it would be of great benefit if we could have
assigned emails for them.
To confuse matters even more, while doing a brief survey of 4th grade
students just for reference as we prepare our Internet Safety curriculum,
I found that 50% or better had Facebook or Myspace accounts, and/or were
involved in gaming forums. This is fourth grade. I am afraid to ask the
third grade the same question.
I agree with the premise that most have espoused here. I still have to
deal with parents that are really afraid to have their children involved
in the Internet while I have other parents who seem to not care at all
what their children are up to. From on high, a clear directive would be
helpful. And, yes, technology policy templates from technology
people and not the Vermont School Boards Association would be of great
benefit to all.
On the other hand, you know, I already see a great deal of "stimulus
money" being totally wasted. Totally wasted in education as well as
This is VT. Cannot we all agree on the goal and do it? (Real technology
policies for a real world.) We do not want Fed money because of the
various strings attached. Like VT in so many ways for so many hundreds of
years, can't we just set things as a priority and do it ourselves and
then share it with the rest of the country?
I suspect that what we, collectively, see/want/envision for the future
will not meet the "standards" set in Washington.
But, I would really like to have email accounts for all my students.
Meanwhile, I am able to create a lot of "fake" accounts under
my business system if the assignment warrants it. They can't use it but
it works for creating accounts for various applications.
At 05:08 PM 12/9/2009, you wrote:
I agree...great idea, Joanne. I'm tired of
struggling with these issues alone. Of course, local control will
rear its (ugly?) head, but it sure would be nice to have some clarity on
Lauren Kelley Parren
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I think this is a great idea, Joanne! Peter, any thoughts or
on this? Or anyone from VITA learn have any ideas on how something
this could be started or accomplished?
Information Technology Director
South Burlington School District
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Subject: Re: Student Email ... again?
Having just spent hours working on a committee to write guidelines
what can or cannot be posted on the school website for one of our
middle schools, I'm wondering why we haven't had this discussion at
state level. If we all chipped in together to hire a lawyer to
the guidelines (AUPs, Web Permissions, etc.), for all the schools in
Vermont, how much would it cost each school? Is this something
could be done with stimulus funds? Seems to me that we are all
recreating the wheel again ... and again ... and again.
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I believe this issue has been discussed earlier on this List but I
I would bring it back as it is presently on my radar.
The question... If you create an email account for students (like
a Gmail account for them) or, you ask students to use their existing
account to sign up for a web 2.0 site to use for a class project or
assignment, what liability does the school/district take on if
inappropriate or illegal occurs through said email account?
Have you addressed this issue in your IT Policies and
how in-depth does it go and do you feel it really covers the
How are you all handling this issue?
Does written parental permission to allow them to have an email
use for school preojects cover the liability issues?
Additionally, can there be a generic permission for them to use
email accounts for educational projects... for all occurances... or
have to get permission for each invividual instance when a student
asked to use their email to create an account on a site?
Thanks for your ideas and comments.
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