Within the Visioning Document, we read this premise:
1.a The technologies that make this new digital world possible must be viewed as opportunities and tools that can help us in educating and socializing the young both in and outside of school.
Our goal (the highest level alignment indicators) include:
Students have access to and regularly use digital technologies as tools for learning as an integral part of in and out of school learning. Policies, practices, and/or procedures provide guidance, definition, and clarity regarding use of digital devices and digital communication for learning. These expectations are supported with the tools and training needed for successful and ethical use of digital technologies and media.
The educators and administrators of Coppell High School have developed and implemented a common Technology Management and Discipline Plan. The image below is visible in classrooms across campus.
Sam Neal, English II Honors and English IV AP Literature educator at CHS, shared about the graphic above (she created and shared this with the staff) and implementation of the plan with her students.
I created the graphic so that both my students and I would have a clear, visual version of the school policy. Each day I also hang a sign in the room so that my students always know whether we are on a green, yellow, or red moment in class. Sometimes we move between colors during different parts of class.
Most of my students have seen this policy used in at least one class before, so there haven’t been a lot of surprises for them.
I was surprised, however, by the way they wanted to enforce technology use during class. When each class wrote their classroom contract, a common thread was We’re in high school – we know how use technology for class. We shouldn’t need more than one warning to be on task. It’s time for us to take responsibility for our own behavior. (This was said in a different variation every class period.)
The policy works well for me because everyone in the room knows the expectations for technology use every day. I direct their attention to the sign at the beginning of each class or lesson and remind them what technology is appropriate at that time. My students understand that utilizing technology is a privilege that truly does change their learning experience for the better, and it’s one they don’t want to lose. The clarity of the policy and frequent references back to it makes class run so smoothly.
To keep up with Mrs. Neal and her adventure as an English Educator at CHS, follow her on twitter: @SamJKNeal or visit her blog: SamJKNeal.blogspot.com.