Capstone Project Title
Abigail S. Olson
As technology is ever-changing, becoming more expansive in its uses, and is becoming more accessible to children, administrators need to plan ahead and decide how their schools are going to approach personal devices in the classroom. This project and research paper explore the question: How do secondary schools create and implement an effective technology policy for personal devices in their schools? The author claims that technology policies for personal devices fall under one of three categories: 1) banned use of personal devices, 2) restricted use of personal devices, and 3) required use of personal devices. The research from the literature review and the personal experiences of the author come together to create clear questions to ask when creating or updating an technology policy for personal devices, present suggested policies for all three types, and guidelines for creating buy-in from all stakeholders as well as implementation strategies. The project itself is a three-hour workshop designed for administrators who are seeking to create or update their policy for personal devices. The workshop covers four topics: 1) benefits, drawbacks, and dangers with technology and policies, 2) suggested policies, 3) how to create buy-in from all stakeholders (staff, parents, and students), and 4) how to implement the policy. Between topics the attendees are allotted time during three workshops to: 1) review the school’s current policy and its effectiveness, 2) answer the key questions regarding technology policies and the school’s approach to technology, and 3) create or update the school’s policy for the following year.
Staff Development, Technology
Doffing, Elizabeth, "Effective Technology Policies: How To Create And Implement An Effective Policy For Personal Devices In Secondary Schools" (2018). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 156.