The educational thoughts of Jason Epstein
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Cyber-savvy experts view electronic chatting as an example of how technology - and especially the growth in text messaging and live video chatting - is allowing people to keep in such constant communication that it has begun to radically change the sense of what it means for people to feel together, or alone, or apart. Researchers even have names for it: “connected presence” or “persistent presence” — the feeling, through technology, that you are with someone when you are not.
A school's Acceptable Use Policy, or AUP, is a list of technology regulations that require students to use technology responsibly and prevent abuse of school computers. Students are often required to sign this “user contract” in order to use school network computers but unfortunately many sign without reading or understanding the information. The Smart AUP assessment tool is a fun and effective way for students to demonstrate to teachers and administrators that they have read and understand the AUP. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen for two sample Acceptable Use policies for K-6 and Gr 7-12.