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Educational Technology  Bill  of  Rights  for  Students   by  Brad  Flickinger     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  Wi-­‐Fi.  Stop  blaming  bandwidth,  security  or   whatever  else  -­‐-­‐  if  I  can  get  on  Wi-­‐Fi  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,  Animoto,  VoiceThread  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  of   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  bathwater.         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  with  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,  drives  me  crazy.  If  you   were  a  video  game,  no  one  would  play  you  -­‐-­‐  feedback  is  too  slow.                

9) I  have  the  right  to  be  protected  from  technology.  I  don’t  want  to  be  cyber-­‐bullied,   hurt,  scared  or  find  crud  online  content  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.   ____________________________________________________________   About  Brad     Brad  Flickinger  is  a  technology  integration  specialist  who  teaches  technology  at   Bethke  Elementary  in  Timnath,  Colorado  and  is  the  founder  of     Retrieved  from  (    

Educational Technology Bill of Rights for Students  

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