1. Yes! One of the big teacher concerns I heard when about to roll out 1:1 iPads was about chatting. I asked what they did regarding kids passing notes.

    And yes! I think the best AUP is simple addressing choices and consequences. Perhaps, “Make good choices. If you don’t, there may be consequences.” (But isn’t that true for all of life?)

  2. Mark Moorhouse

    This hits the nail on the head. Students have been misusing ‘technology’ for ages. Whether they use pencil and paper or their device they are still ‘passing notes’. It’s similar to the idea that teachers worry about students being off task with the technology. Students have found ways to be off task for decades.

    It is definitely about being open and honest with them so that they begin to understand your expectations. A little bit of prevention can go a long way as well. Educate your students about what is proper and appropriate and then trust that they will follow through.

    By the way… I would love to see the list of rules regarding the inappropriate use of a pencil!

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