In this section please add any URLs or documents that you think will provide support for revising/creating new AUPs that reflect Web 2.0 technologies. NOTE: Please add new entries on the top so we will see the newest entries first. Separate your entry with a horizontal bar (found in the editing toolbar right after the bullet tools).

School AUP 2.0
Our AUPs must adapt to the new information landscape, and they must be adaptable. Here is a site developed and supported by David Warlick. School AUP 2.0

From Will Richardson's Weblogg-ed: learning with the read/write web. A look at the typical AUP - Don't, Don't, Don't vs. Do, Do, Do

AUP 2.0-David Warlick in TechLearning Blog
"It's time to take those AUPs off the shelf, unfold them, and add a whole new layer -- web publishing policies. It is essential that your new technology use policy is designed not merely as a preventative tool, but as an enabling document that promotes effective uses that solve problems and accomplish goals."

A good example of an AUP created by Clay Burrell (Korea International School)--adapted from Connecticut. The AUP begins with "Personal Responsibility." :-)

Virginia Department of Education
Virginia Department of Education - Division of Technology
Acceptable Use Policies: A Handbook

Indiana Office of Learning Resources-Indiana Department of Education
State Requirements for Indiana Public School Internet Acceptable Use Policies and Guidelines

Appropriate Use Policy of Forsyth County Schools Computers and Network Resources
It is the belief of the Forsyth County Board of Education that the use of technology for the purpose of information acquisition, retrieval, manipulation, distribution and storage is an important part of preparing children to live in the 21st century. The Board further believes that a “technology rich” classroom can significantly enhance both the teaching and learning process. This technology includes computer hardware, software, local and wide area networks and access to the Internet. Due to the complex nature of these systems and the magnitude of information available via the Internet, the Forsyth County Board of Education believes guidelines regarding acceptable use are warranted in order to serve the educational needs of students.

The new ISTE publication "Digital Citizenship" in Chapter 1 says, "When researching articles and statistics from schools using AUPs, we have found a great deal of evidence that these policies are, in fact.NOT working in critical areas. Dave Kinnaman (2005) has found that AUPs need to be critiqued to make sure the are both complete and focused effecively.

Critiquing Acceptable Use Policies:

An Educator's Guide to Enforming Acceptable Use Policies:

I'm only in Chapter 2 of this publication and it's fantastic and right on topic for this forum.
Ruth Catalano

URLs and documents related to Acceptable Use Policies for Web 2.0 (from Oct. 1 Westside meeting notes)
TechSavvygirl's bookmarks tagged with "acceptable use" on

High School Blogging Policy

AHS Blogging Policy (Arapahoe High School, Littleton, CO)

Blogging Evaluation

Infinite Thinking Machine Blog: How Do We Teach Kids to Cross a Busy Street? (Some guiding questions for thinking about AUPs)
"It seems that everywhere I turn lately, I find educators struggling over how to responsibly move forward with the use of Web 2.0 tools in an educational setting. Edtech leader, Ed Barry, recently asked Vermont colleagues to share what PROCESS they use in deciding which tools to allow in their schools? Most of the answers offered referred to the school’s Acceptable Use Policies, with many of us agreeing that our AUP’s need updating. I walked away from this meeting eager to research AUP’s that supported a School 2.0 environment and the process used to design them. The insightful post and comments I collected on the topic, left me with more questions than answers. So instead of a summary, I offer you a list of questions that these writers touch on, and invite you to peruse their insight and share your own thoughts."

Gwinnett County Public Schools AUP Policies and Procedures: Acceptable Use of Electronic Media for Technology Team Personnel (Central Office Technology Personnel, Technology Support Technicians, and Local School Technology Coordinators--This is just one part of many found among the policies for Gwinnett County Public Schools.
AUP for students:

Marc Prensky article: Who’s In Charge? Who should set and control IT Policy in our schools?
Published in Educational Technology, June 2007
"It is, of course, possible for IT to lock things so tight that there will almost never be an “incident.” But the penalty we pay for this is the breadth and quality of our student’s 21st century learning. To make good policy, we need to get all the affected groups – including the students – in one place and “talk it out.” In doing so we must remain very aware whether the “protection” any faction advocates is for the benefit of the students, or for itself.
external image pdf.png Prensky-Whos_In_Charge.pdf

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)/Permission to Publish on the Internet 2007-2008, Oak Ridge Elementary, SCUSD (addresses websites, podcasts, wikis, blogs, videos, etc.)
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Sample Classroom Teacher AUP Agreement form for SCUSD (website, blog, podcasts, wikis)
external image msword.png AUPsampleagreement.doc

AUP on Wikipedia: (includes terminology, common elements, enforceability, Is an AUP the best approach, external links-some examples of AUPs)

EduHound Weekly: Topic of the Week-Acceptable Use Policies 8-16-07 (guidelines, sample forms, handbooks, etc.)

K12 wiki: Social Networking Acceptable Use Policy

Self publishing and Social Media Guidelines: Pupils (blogs, podcasts, wikis)

Focus on K-12-EdTech-Blogging Rules by David Warlick

Acceptable Use Policy By Langwitches | August 4, 2007
I was asked to write a policy to address the use of social network sites, in particular MySpace, by our elementary school students (even from outside of the school). This policy should also address cyberbullying, expressing racial and other offensive comments, etc.
I turned immediately for help to my own social network, such as Twitter, Classroom 2.0 Ning and to a Listserv “Forum For Independent School Educators“. In addition I e-mailed the Technology Director from one of our feeder schools here in town.
Most of responses and posts that came out of the “cry for help/info/resources” was a request to please share what I come up with and to keep the thread public. Also, there was the issue of “Are we even allowed to make a policy for our students that deals with issues that are not taking place on our campus”?

Collaboration, Accountability and Respect.
We searched for something similar for the students using / working with the course wiki. We went for a wiki charter - highlighting simple key words; Collaboration, Accountability and Respect. The students then designed the mini movie.
Wiki Charter 'There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.'
One idea is to have a part of the AUP be student-oriented, accessible, and easy to remember. At The Peck School, where I was tech head, we came up with the acronym "LARK" - all computer use at the school had to be L - Legal, A - Appropriate, R - Responsible and K - Kind. The kids all got to know this and when they crossed over the line it was just a matter of saying, "Do you think what just happened is LARK?" and you could just watch them going over in their minds L - Legal, A - Appropriate, etc., and stopping at the letter that applied. Students used to send me photos of larks and even started spilling the LARK term to other ethical issues. This is also described in my book -- Pamela Livingston

Social-networking sites confound schools
At least half of school systems in a recent poll do not have policies to address students' use of MySpace, Facebook, and other such sites
From eSchool News staff reports//
"More than three years after social-networking web sites such as MySpace and Facebook first began cropping up online, school leaders still struggle with how to set policies regarding the use of such sites both inside and outside of school--and many school systems lack these policies altogether, according to a recent survey.
Among respondents who said their districts have a policy that covers social-networking web sites, the most common approach seems to be the use of a firewall or filtering software to block students' access to these sites while at school.
When asked what their policy says, about half of respondents to the NSBA survey indicated their policy is simply to filter such sites, while some educators also said they require students to sign an acceptable-use policy making it clear that unauthorized use of these sites during school hours is prohibited."

AUP search on

Room 613 Student Blogs: Rules for Blogging

Please add a URL or attach a document of your district's Acceptable Use Policy or Acceptable Use Agreement. We would like this section to include only policies and agreements being used in Arizona.

Please help us develop a model Acceptable Use Policy by adding to or modifying our Model AUP for Web 2.0 (nothing on this page yet--would you like to add something?)