Having said that, there are a few principles that members of this learning community must agree to abide by:
1) Each student must use technology resources for the purposes for which they are intended. In the classroom, this means using technology resources for the purposes of conducting and fostering the educational and research activities of the class. Out of the classroom, this means using technology to further enhance your own intellectual, ethical, and academic growth.
2) Each student must use technology in a non-distracting manner (both to him/herself as well as to others). For example, if a student is playing a game and the person next to that student cannot concentrate on the learning occurring in the class, then that qualifies as distracting technology use.
3) Each student must demonstrate her/his willingness to learn when it is appropriate to use technology in the classroom for personal reasons (this includes chatting, social networking, shopping, and gaming). We will have down times — those may be acceptable times to go download that great new song but chatting with your romantic interest in biology during an intense debate about the the proper role of government in society is NOT acceptable.
4) Each student must use technology with the utmost respect for the technology and for their colleagues. In short, try to keep the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you) in mind at all times. Students must not harass one another, “tease” or mock one another, ruin other people’s work, post dishonest postings, “borrow” work from others (in class, on the Internet, or from other sources) without proper permissions and citations. Additionally, your access to technology is a privilege. Respect both the machine and its power and recognize that St. Gregory’s use of Web 2.0 is unique and progressive. You should not ever take it for granted.
5) Each student must recognize that the Web is endless and so the potential for distractions are limitless as well. In recognizing that reality, each student must devote themselves to learning self-regulation and self-control and must promise to practice various techniques for handling the endless distraction that IS information technology.
This is a limited democracy. Therefore, we will create other empowering technology use norms together. It is expected that everyone will do their best to abide by the norms set here and added by our class (which will be posted). Repeated failure to do so will result in application of the consequences (which we will decide as a group).
In short, if everyone agrees to use the technology in our class for the perpetuation of learning and beauty we will have an incredible year.