Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in school technology | 12 comments

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I have rights!

The following are what I believe are the rights of all student to have with regards to using technology as an educational tool, written as a student to their teacher:

  1. I have the right to use my own technology at school. I should not be forced to leave my new technology at home to use (in most cases) out-of-date school technology. If I can afford it, let me use it — you don’t need to buy me one. If I cannot afford it, please help me get one — I don’t mind working for it.
  2. I have the right to access the school’s WiFi. Stop blaming bandwidth, security or whatever else — if I can get on WiFi at McDonalds, I think that I should be able to get online at school.
  3. I have the right to submit digital artifacts that prove my understanding of a subject, regardless of whether or not my teacher knows what they are. Just because you have never heard of Prezi, Voki, or Glogster, doesn’t mean that I should not be able to use these tools to prove to you that I understand what you are teaching me.
  4. I have the right to cite Wikipedia as one of the sources that I use to research a subject. Just because you believe the hype that Wikipedia is full of incorrect information,  doesn’t mean that it is true — besides we all use it anyways (including you). I am smart enough to verify what I find online to be the truth.
  5. I have the right to access social media at school. It is where we all live, it is how we communicate — we do not use email, or call each other. We use Facebook, Twitter and texting to talk to each other. Teachers and schools should take advantage of this and post announcements and assignments using social media — you will get better results.
  6. I have the right to be taught by teachers who know how to manage the use technology in their classrooms. These teachers know when to use technology and when to put it away. They understand that I need to be taught how to balance my life between the online and offline worlds. They do not throw the techno-baby out with the bath water.
  7. I have the right to be taught by teachers who teach me and demand that I use 21st Century Skills. Someday I am going to need a job — please help me be employable.
  8. I have the right to be assessed with technology. I love the instant feedback of testing done technology. I live in a world of instant feedback, so to find out a couple of weeks later that I didn’t understand your lesson, drive me crazy. If you were a video game, no one would play you — your feedback is too slow.
  9. I have the right to be protected from technology. I don’t want to be cyberbullied, hurt, scared or find crud online that I would rather not find. Please help me use technology responsibly and safely. Please stay up-to-date with this kind of information, and teach me to make good choices. I am not you and we don’t see eye to eye about what to put online, but help me to meet you in the middle.
  10. I have the right to be taught by teachers that know their trade. They are passionate about what they do and embrace the use of technology to help me learn. They attend trainings and practice what they learn. They are not afraid to ask for my help; they might know more than me about the Civil War, but I know Glogster like nobody’s business.

This is a work in progress, please comment below on what to add or change.

- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary

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12 Comments

  1. Excellent list! I will be sure to take this back to my building after winter break!

  2. Hi there
    I love your list – especially items 3, 4 and 8. These particular ones have irked me for some time now – so i am grateful that you included them in your list.

    re # 8: I think you meant to write assessed and I couldn’t agree more – feedback that is timely, descriptive, and provides opportunities for students to use the feedback to improve is critical to learning!

    re #10 or perhaps 10a or #11? I have the right to learn from my peers and to teach my teacher about technology as it is impossible for any one person to stay ahead of the curve. I have the right to bring in new tools, apps or ideas and do not need to wait for the teacher to do so…..

    Thanks for the list and your thoughts.

  3. Great list! I actually do not use Wikipedia, though I do allow students to use it. I first make sure they have read Wikipedia’s own statement of accuracy (Users should be aware that not all articles are of encyclopedic quality from the start: they may contain false or debatable information.) I prefer if they perform searches using :.edu, but I agree – students are using it, so why not learn to use it responsibly!

  4. Here! Here! However, I would change “I am smart enough to verify what I find online to be the truth.” to “Teach me how to verify what I find online is from a reliable source.”

  5. With all due respect, this is largely unrealistic.
    Mr. Flickinger doesn’t live in my world nor does he appear to live with constraints on resources.

  6. Brad Flickinger- your use of the word “rights” infuriates me. This list is absolutely ridiculous and you obviously have not taken into consideration the legal obligations of several of your points, although legal is just the tip of the iceburg. Schools are bound from all angles when considering funds, available technological resources, and also the aforementioned legal bounds. I would also comfortably venture to say that a statement resembling “being responsible for my own actions” would never make the list. After all, we’re kids who have rights–when its convenient for me to have them…

  7. I don’t believe that education itself is a right, but rather a privilege. This “Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students“ is laughable. That’s what education needs.. students dictating on what terms they are educated and with what tools. I think not.

  8. As a school teacher in a working class area where few kids have much technology besides video games, I have a very hard time with this piece:

    “If I can afford it, let me use it — you don’t need to buy me one. If I cannot afford it, please help me get one — I don’t mind working for it.”

    I might support some experiments where student-owned technology can be used in the classroom, but based on agreements to share the technology for the benefit of the classroom as a whole or as a contribution to a collaborative group project. Allowing technology to become an exaggerator of the already daunting problem of social and economic inequity is unacceptable.

    This is a provocative essay, but I think you either live and work in an area of relative prosperity and economic equality and don’t travel much, or you are being willfully naive about the realities of class and social inequity in most of the United States.

  9. This Bill of Rights is fascinating. Why shouldn’t students have the opportunities to learn by these means? Give them a chance to see what they can do.

  10. Again, please proofread!
    —”I live in a world of instant feedback, so to find out a couple of week later that I didn’t understand your lesson, drive me crazy. “–
    Change the word drive to drives!
    The whole world is watching!
    Be literate please!
    Regards from a small school on the coast of Maine
    -Mr C

  11. very beautiful list. i am a student and i truly believe that we should be able to use electronics at school. If we’re not doing anything wrong, then its fine!

  12. Great example of Student-Centered learning!

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