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Smarter Clicking

Smarter Clicking
School Technology Policies That Work!

March 2013 | 152 pages | Corwin
School leaders strive to use cutting-edge technology resources in ways that meet instructional needs and provide an appropriate and safe environment for students and staff members. Designed for administrators, school technology teams, and technology coordinators, this comprehensive and well written resource provides much-needed guidance for working with staff, parents, students, and community members to address instructional and privacy issues related to the use of current and emerging technologies.

Christopher Wells defines the components of a school's technology system, explains the legal concerns and potential problems that may arise, and offers concrete strategies for successful development, communication, implementation, and maintenance of meaningful technology policies for schools and districts. Smarter Clicking: School Technology Policies That Work! contains leadership ideas to help educators support a collaborative learning culture through technology, rather than an environment where students and staff members feel restricted.

About the Author
1. Optional No Longer: The Need for Effective School Technology Policies
Why school technology policies are essential

Legal policy requirements

Comparing technology expectations and correlating policies

Using policies to shape instructional expectations for technology

2. It’s Everyone’s Responsibility: A Collaborative Approach to Technology Policy Development
Leading technology policy development and implementation

Policy development and implementation responsibilities

Comparing the policies of school and home technology use

Policies for the larger learning community outside of school

Involving more learning community members in policy development

3. Good Fences Make Good Users: Policies for Protecting Privacy
Student and staff privacy: the policy perspective

Managing sensitive instruction-related information

Guidelines for protecting student information

The emerging social networking challenge

4. Keeping Money in the Checking Account: Policies for Protect Technology Investments
The real cost of innovation in the classroom

Educating and the investment cost of technology

Developing policies to address the changing scope of educational technology investments

5. Knowing the Secret Handshake: Technology Access Policies
Evaluating school technology functions and related policies

Developing Acceptable use policies (AUPs)

Using passwords to secure access

6. Buttons, Bells, and Flashing Lights: Managing K-12 Internet Use
Internet applications in the classroom

Policy development to support instructional internet use

Policies to protect others’ privacy and personal rights

7. No Stone Unturned: Implementing Technology Policies and Procedures
Exploring the impact of policies on the learning culture

Shaping the culture with school technology policies and procedures

Supporting culture change with technology team members

Managing community response to school technology policies

Preventing conflicts over policy components

8. In My Crystal Ball, I See…: Emerging Technology Concerns
Policy challenges of ubiquitous technology

Addressing emerging technology and limiting risks

Policy development to support future appropriate school technology use


"Wells has carefully shared important information, examples, and resources that would be helpful to any district that is continually developing policies and procedures in technology. The author has developed a wonderful field guide for those who are charged with developing such policies."

Donnan Stoicovy, Principal
Park Forest Elementary School, State College, PA

"Technological advances have changed teaching and learning in our schools. As key instructional leaders, principals must be prepared to regulate these advances. School leaders need up-to-date information about technology policies and how they affect teaching and learning. Smarter Clicking is an important resource in providing guidance for principals, administrators, and technology team members to develop technology policies and procedures that aid student learning."

Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

Christopher W. Wells

Christopher Wells is the IT policies and communications director for Gwinnett County Public Schools, the largest school district in Georgia. With more than 160,000 students in the district, he responds to the diverse, creative ways technology is being used in classrooms. Christopher presents regularly and his enthusiasm for his topic material is contagious (even if the audience thinks that technology policies and procedures are boring!). By incorporating realistic examples and messages with humor, compassion, and vision, Christopher consistently engages diverse audiences and leaves listeners focused and energized on the development of new... More About Author

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