You are here

Smarter Clicking

Smarter Clicking
School Technology Policies That Work!

March 2010 | 152 pages | Corwin

"Wells carefully shares important information, examples, and resources helpful to any district that is continually developing policies and procedures in technology. He has developed a wonderful field guide for any administrator charged with developing such policies."
—Donnan Stoicovy, Principal
Park Forest Elementary School, State College, PA

Develop safe technology practices that support learning and protect your school, staff, and students!

Today's emerging technologies present educators with a wealth of teaching opportunities combined with challenges that include legal, safety, and privacy issues. This comprehensive guide is designed to support appropriate use of technology for teaching and learning and give school leaders a clear road map for creating, implementing, and maintaining effective instructional technology policies. In jargon-free terms, Christopher Wells explains legal considerations and offers case studies and concrete strategies help educators:

  • Evaluate their schools' needs
  • Involve all school, district, and community stakeholders in a collaborative effort
  • Manage technology access to protect student and staff privacy
  • Respond to challenges presented by social networking and emerging technologies
  • Avoid inappropriate, costly use of technology
  • Develop acceptable use policies

Smarter Clicking helps school and district administrators develop policies that support the informed use of cutting-edge technology within an environment that advances learning while protecting schools, students, and staff.

About the Author
1. Optional No Longer: The Need for Effective School Technology Policies
Why school technology policies are essential

Legal policy requirements

Comparing technology expectations and correlating policies

Using policies to shape instructional expectations for technology

2. It’s Everyone’s Responsibility: A Collaborative Approach to Technology Policy Development
Leading technology policy development and implementation

Policy development and implementation responsibilities

Comparing the policies of school and home technology use

Policies for the larger learning community outside of school

Involving more learning community members in policy development

3. Good Fences Make Good Users: Policies for Protecting Privacy
Student and staff privacy: the policy perspective

Managing sensitive instruction-related information

Guidelines for protecting student information

The emerging social networking challenge

4. Keeping Money in the Checking Account: Policies for Protect Technology Investments
The real cost of innovation in the classroom

Educating and the investment cost of technology

Developing policies to address the changing scope of educational technology investments

5. Knowing the Secret Handshake: Technology Access Policies
Evaluating school technology functions and related policies

Developing Acceptable use policies (AUPs)

Using passwords to secure access

6. Buttons, Bells, and Flashing Lights: Managing K-12 Internet Use
Internet applications in the classroom

Policy development to support instructional internet use

Policies to protect others’ privacy and personal rights

7. No Stone Unturned: Implementing Technology Policies and Procedures
Exploring the impact of policies on the learning culture

Shaping the culture with school technology policies and procedures

Supporting culture change with technology team members

Managing community response to school technology policies

Preventing conflicts over policy components

8. In My Crystal Ball, I See…: Emerging Technology Concerns
Policy challenges of ubiquitous technology

Addressing emerging technology and limiting risks

Policy development to support future appropriate school technology use


"Wells has carefully shared important information, examples, and resources that would be helpful to any district that is continually developing policies and procedures in technology. The author has developed a wonderful field guide for those who are charged with developing such policies."

Donnan Stoicovy, Principal
Park Forest Elementary School, State College, PA

"Technological advances have changed teaching and learning in our schools. As key instructional leaders, principals must be prepared to regulate these advances. School leaders need up-to-date information about technology policies and how they affect teaching and learning. Smarter Clicking is an important resource in providing guidance for principals, administrators, and technology team members to develop technology policies and procedures that aid student learning."

Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals
Key features
  • Each chapter features:
    • Critical questions that highlight key chapter topics
    • A case study to illustrate the chapter's focus
    • Specific tools and strategies plus sample policies and guidelines to help educators in the policy development process
  • Explains in clear, jargon-free terms the legal ramifications of technology usage in schools and offers methods to avoid problem issues
  • Provides a clear map to help teachers and administrators create successful instructional technology policies and procedures to encourage learning environments and discourage costly inappropriate district technology use

For instructors

Select a Purchasing Option

Rent or Buy eBook
ISBN: 9781452296104

ISBN: 9781412966993

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.