Some great quotes from Jenna Wang's piece in eSchool News on schools allowing more open access to the Internet, shifting from "acceptable use policies" to "responsible use policies."
James Bosco, principal investigator for CoSN’s Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy Initiative:
“I think we’re fighting a losing battle if the effort is to control it by limiting access and attempting to more or less close the door,” said Bosco. “We have to think about this more in terms of how we work with our students, so it’s not just a matter of forbidding them, but [that] they understand how to use it both for good learning purposes and in an ethical manner.”
CoSN CEO Keith Kruege:
“It’s part of owning your own education,” said Krueger. “Those districts that have provided open access to publicly available tools have actually not experienced major disciplinary problems.”
Again, the issue of information control comes up.
Read the rest of the article.