Online Discussion with ALIS Students Focuses on AUP, Online Texts
Students in Janice Overstreet’s Technology Applications classes at Low Intermediate School asked good questions and offered great ideas about how technology in MISD can facilitate the learning process during a series of teleconferences conducted last week. Microsoft Lync, a program that is being tested in the district, was used with Extreme Makeover equipment, web cams, and microphones.
These are some of the questions that were on students’ minds, and our answers as of today:
- Why can’t I access Facebook at school?
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law that requires school districts to protect students from inappropriate content at school. Facebook has some inappropriate content, so we have to block it.
- When will all of the [text]books be online?
We’re working on these plans now, including a timeline.
- Is an online textbook something that you download or a website?
Many of the ones we have worked with have been web sites that you access through the web. They look like online documents, but you can’t download them. This means that you need Internet access to use them.
The discussion about electronic textbooks drew the most interest. The students offered ideas about what they’d want in an online textbook program.
- Those who have smartphones or e-readers would like to use those devices to access books at school.
- All said that they have Internet access at home, but they know that some kids don’t have it.
- “It would be better not to carry all of those books. They’re heavy,” one sixth grader said.
Students were not aware MISD is still working on getting wireless access throughout all of its buildings. ALIS has wireless, because it was constructed more recently than many other MISD schools.