Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms 1st Edition
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"The strengths of the book are the references to policy revisions and enforcement. Each chapter contains a helpful checklist for school leaders on student and staff use of technology on school grounds." -- The School Administrator, April 2011 Published On: 2011-04-01
"Bissonette has provided a very timely and thought-provoking reference for media specialists and IT administrators on current legal issues brought about by the proliferation of electronic media devices in 21st-century classrooms. This is an easy-to-follow and understandable guide using sample case studies and sidebars." -- Michael A. Burke, Director of District Media and Technology Services Published On: 2008-10-02
"This book offers suggestions that can be used to write policy at the federal, state, or local levels, but also offers concrete ideas that can be used tomorrow morning by classroom teachers. The author has a gift for condensing complicated legal concepts into easily understood bites for education professionals, allowing them to act responsibly and to anticipate what is yet to come." -- John A. Arikian, Visiting Lecturer Published On: 2008-10-02
"Bissonette provides clear explanations of how district policies and actions have been supported in legal cases. The book does an excellent job of providing real-world examples that are meaningful to the practicing teacher, reminding teachers and school leaders of the ever-increasing need to educate students in the appropriate and ethical use of technology." -- Karen A. Sorvaag, Assistant Professor Published On: 2008-10-02
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- Item Weight : 7.1 ounces
- Paperback : 128 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1412966159
- ISBN-13 : 978-1412966153
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.29 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Corwin; 1st edition (April 9, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With those words, Aimee Bissonette aptly describes the quandary 21st century school administrators find themselves in as they navigate the constantly changing conditions of relationships between technology and schools and those who use it. Often, the technology is changing faster than school leaders can address the issues that the use of that technology by students, staff and teachers brings to the school environment. Twenty-first administrators are constantly looking for resources that offer clear guidance on these complicated issues. That's where Bissonette's book Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in the Classrooms can help. This book provides readers with lucid, specific advice on how to develop effective technology policy, on what the legal issues are in the development of that policy, and measures schools can take to be proactive in order to avoid the legal minefields and having their schools appear in national headlines.
Cyber Law is cover-to-cover advice for school leaders looking to write new technology policy or revise current technology policy, and Bissonette, even though she's an attorney, uses an engaging, non-technical style. For example, she provides very clear advice on what schools should do when writing cyberbullying policies. She assists school leaders by helping them navigate the thorny issues of First Amendment Rights and free speech when drafting rules and regulations regarding student expression in a technological environment. She also provides clear advice for school policymakers on how to navigate those same free speech issues when it comes to dealing with teacher and staff expression through the Internet. The advice Bissonette gives is clear and comprehensive. Every technology-related legal issue from cyberbullying to copyright law is covered in this book.
While Bissonette wisely cautions that her book is not a substitute for legal advice, it does provide a legal overview of the litigation landscape that has an affect on technology policy development. For example, she provides a complete overview of the legal cases that impact decisions on how schools can address cyberbullying. She provides that same overview regarding how school leaders can set policy that guides teacher and staff use of school network systems. She even reviews FERPA and copyright law as it might pertain to technology policy development. Her book is not a substitute for legal advice, but it certainly is a starting point for school leaders to begin discussing what their technology policy looks like and how it might be made more effective.
Finally, Cyber Law has specific measures schools should take to protect themselves from litigation interspersed throughout all chapters of the book. Beginning in chapter one, Bissonette gives school leaders advice on what kinds of elements should be included in cyberbullying policies. She provides clear guidelines in chapter two regarding what schools can do to reduce inappropriate behaviors from students as they engage in the use of school technology resources. In chapter three she provides a clear checklist for addressing teacher and staff use of Internet systems in school policy. Throughout the book, Bissonette provides specific ideas on how school leaders can protect their schools and districts from litigation and tragedy.
As we continue to wade deeper into the rapids of 21st century education with its changing technologies, we can certainly use all of the advice and guidance we can get. Aimee Bissonette's book Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms is an excellent resource for 21st century school leaders faced with setting, revising, and enforcing technology policy.