Wise Use of Technology at School and at Home

It is important to know your employer's policy on use of this equipment.


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Technology has the power to transform and enhance the work you do as education professionals. Yet it is important to be aware of the potential hazards. You've heard the stories about school employees who were fired due to inappropriate online behavior or inproper use of school equipment. It's funny because many teachers and ESPs seem to forget that the computers, e-mail, internet, phone, fax, and copy machine all belong to their employer.

 

 

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Keep these tips in mind when using school computers:

Acceptable Use Policy

    Check if your employer has an Acceptable Use Policy for using technology. Your district, university, or community college likely has separate policies for students and employees. The Acceptable Use Policy should define where, when, and how long employees may use computers and network services.

     

    Be Prudent About Content

      Don’t access, accept, or transmit anything that can be interpreted as obscene or pornographic. Review the acceptable Use Policy about any other potentially objectionable material.

       

      Non-Commercial Use

        School & college networks usually prohibit using their network and computers for commercial purposes, such as promoting a personal business.

         

        Protect Student Information

          All confidential student data such as Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), grades, and all other private data must be secured, even on a computer. Establish a password that will limit access to computers you use for confidential material,and do not share your password with others (ask your technology staff for assistance if needed).

           

          Your Public Employer Owns Your Email

            Do not send anything you wouldn’t want read by your employer, or possibly the public. The school district or college owns and controls the email system. Even deleted email can be retrieved and used in lawsuits. Do not send any confidential or private email at work.

             

            Monitoring Student Use


            You might be held responsible for inappropriate student use of technology. Because it is impossible to supervise student use at all times, check if your district has a “reasonable supervision” standard.

             

            If you have any questions about proper use of technology in your district or community college, contact your FEA Legal or your union/association local office.

             

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            Tips on e-mail usage

             

            10 Tips to Bring Technology into the Classroom

             

            Technology Gets "Real" With Multimedia Projects

             

            Appropriate Use of Modern Technology

             

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