Electronic Device Policy

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Electronic Device Policy
Fairborn
High
School
Pilot
Program
Spring
2013
Electronic Device Policy
WHY ARE WE CHANGING THE
POLICY?
• Rationale:
– To maximize students’ learning potential
via technology
– To utilize the natural affinity most students
possess regarding technology
– To embrace and harness the use of
technology among students during the
school day
Electronic Device Policy
WHAT IS THE NEW POLICY?
– Can use before and after school and during
lunch.
– Teachers may establish times for when using
electronic devices is appropriate and/or
permitted in their classes. Teachers have the
right to disallow any and all use of electronic
devices.
– CANNOT use during class changes
including headphones.
– During approved times, students may text,
surf the internet, email, play games, and
making phone calls.
Electronic Device Policy
WHAT DEVICES ARE INCLUDED?
- smart phones, laptops, e-book
readers, and tablets
- No electronic devices brought by
students are the responsibility of
Fairborn City Schools or its staff or
representatives
Electronic Device Policy
• Other Terms of Use:
– No posting to social media sites
(YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr,
GooglePlus, etc)
– No bullying, harassment or otherwise
threatening another person
– No commercial purposes such as
buying, advertising or selling goods or
services
Electronic Device Policy
• No creating, transmitting, downloading or
copying any materials that are in violation
of District Policies or any federal, state or
local laws or that contain information for
the purposes of creating explosive
devices, materials in furtherance of
criminal activities or terrorist acts,
threatening materials, or pornographic,
sexually explicit or obscene materials
Electronic Device Policy
• No devices during test administration;
teachers may collect devices to hold
during testing.
Electronic Device Policy
• Earbuds in one ear only at any time
during regular school hours in
approved areas. No use of earbuds
during instructional time or between
classes. Earphones that cover both
ears are not acceptable except for
before and after school.
Electronic Device Policy
• Teacher permission is required to take a
picture or video and these two forms of
technology should never occur without
the subject’s direct knowledge and
permission. Pictures and videos are not
allowed to be taken in restrooms, locker
rooms or other similar areas. Photos
should never be published on the web.
Electronic Device Policy
• Devices must be on mute. Phone calls
and text messages should not interrupt
the learning environment. Noninstructional use of devices including
texting and making phone calls is
prohibited during class time.
Electronic Device Policy
• Access to locked wireless networks at
FHS will not be given. Teachers will not
give out passwords to these networks.
Access to open wireless networks cannot
be guaranteed. Students will not be
permitted to gather near doors or
windows in an effort to get a better cell
phone signal.
Electronic Device Policy
• Students will not be permitted to use
electronic devices to order food from
outside establishments or to have food
delivered to them by a family member
or friend.
• Students may not use a cell phone to
contact home to be picked up during the
school day due to illness or other reason
without the permission of the clinic or a
principal. Students who do not obtain
such permission to leave will be marked
as “unexcused” or “truant”.
Electronic Device Policy
• Students must IMMEDIATELY turn over
any electronic device to a staff member
who requests the device due to misuse.
The student is prohibited from removing the
battery, sim card, memory card, turning the
device off, intentionally putting a “lock” onto
the device, or otherwise making it
inoperable prior to surrendering the device
to the staff. A student refusing to hand over
an electronic device may be subject to
increased school discipline as deemed
appropriate.
Electronic Device Policy
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
– Use of electronic devices is a privilege,
not a right
– This is not a blanket approval for
students to use electronic devices in
any fashion they may desire
– Teachers will determine how, when and
to what extent electronic devices may
be used in their classrooms
Electronic Device Policy
• For the classroom
teacher who does not
(and will not) allow
electronic devices in
class, nothing has
changed!
Electronic Device Policy
HOW CAN I USE MY ELECTRONIC
DEVICE?
Students MAY BE encouraged to implement
technology in the following situations:
– Taking notes during class instruction
– Using the calendar feature to record and track assignments
– Checking Progress Book for student grade and assignment
information
– Completing research for a project or assignment via the
internet
– Using the calculator feature
– Reading books or stories via an e-reader device
– Taking photos or videos for educational purposes (class
projects or assignments)
– Creating essays or projects using desktop publishing tools
Electronic Device Policy
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I MISUSE MY
DEVICE?
- Teachers may confiscate students’ devices for misuse.
On the first offense, it is the teacher’s choice to give it
back at the end of the period or the end of the day.
– On the second offense and following, teachers should
turn the device into the office and the same procedures
that have been followed all year will continue.
– Teachers may implement other disciplinary
interventions (detentions) in addition to taking the
device.
– Every teacher’s plan of use may be different – it is the
student’s responsibility to know and follow the
guidelines the teacher has set.
Electronic Device Policy
WHEN DO WE START?
- This policy is not starting today.
- We will begin this policy on Thursday,
April 11.
Electronic Device Policy
• Remember that it is the
teacher’s choice on how to
implement the use of electronic
device’s into your classroom
instruction. They have the
choice to disallow use
altogether.
Electronic Device Policy
The success of this pilot policy will
determine the extent that it is
implemented next school year. If the
response to these changes is poor,
the policy may revert back to the
previous guidelines next year.
THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT –
BE RESPONSIBLE AND MATURE!
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