For those of you that don’t know, I work at a public K-12 school district in Indiana. We’ve had a fair amount of success with our one to one project. Simple translation; every child has their own device to use in the classroom and at school. This has worked out wonderfully for our school community. Not perfect, but this project has potential to be truly great! Our K-6 grade students each receive iPads while the 7-12th grade students receive Macbooks. Pretty sweet eh? It is the visionary leadership at our district that makes this possible.
One of the challenges we faced during the 2011-2012 school year was content filtering. Specifically, the challenge was what to do with devices when they leave our school network? Is it our responsibility to filter when they leave the school network? The law (CIPA) doesn’t specifically define what happens off the school’s network. CIPA only defines what happens on the Internet access circuit funded by the FCC’s erate program for schools.
I need your help, especially if you are a K-12 educator, administrator, board member or IT person. Could you respond to this post by leaving a comment? Here’s what I am interested in finding out:
1. Does your school allow students to take iPads home?
2. Does your school attempt to filter these devices when they go home?
3. If yes to #2, what are you using to make that happen?
I appreciate your time in your response. Thank you!