Click to Agree: Policies Impacting a One-to-One Mobile Learning Environment
Author(s)Fuller, Matthew J.
Keywordsschool board policy
bring your own device
acceptable use policy
Educational Administration and Supervision
Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration
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AbstractThe focus of this study is to evaluate current and recommend new school board policies to implement and maintain a one-to-one mobile learning initiative using iPads in a K–8 school district. The district’s current acceptable use policy is analyzed and it was determined that no modifications are necessary to govern the new one-to-one initiative. A new administrative procedure is proposed to address issues related to iPad use in and out of the district. A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is proposed for students and staff to supplement the electronic devices provided by the school district. The current acceptable use policy, the proposed mobile device administrative procedure, and the proposed BYOD policy are discussed from various perspectives. Advocated policy statements are proposed that discuss the goals, objectives, needs, values, and preferences of the various stakeholders affected by the one-to-one mobile learning initiative. The oneto- one initiative is presented in terms of educational, economic, social, political, and moral and ethical analyses. The policy argument offers practical considerations for implementing the proposed mobile device administrative procedure, and a “pro and con” argument regarding the proposed BYOD policy is provided. The policy implementation plan discusses the educational, communication, and professional development activities needed for implementation. The policy assessment plan presents progress monitoring processes to ensure that the policies and administrative procedure continue to meet the needs of students and staff during the course of the initiative. Finally, the summary impact statement theorizes possible effects of the proposed policies and administrative procedure.