Many Alabama K-12 educators use the instructional resources found via shared educational tools, such as school and division-wide computer networks and the Internet. The increased use of such resources requires that administrators, teachers, library media specialists, students, and parents take steps to ensure that they are used responsibly for K-12 instruction.
In response to these concerns, schools or school divisions are required to establish guidelines for the appropriate use of computer networks. Such guidelines are generally called an Acceptable Internet Use Policy or AUP. By definition, an AUP is a written agreement in the form of guidelines, signed by students, their parents and their teachers, outlining the terms and conditions of Internet-use. It includes definitions of acceptable online behavior and access privileges.
Examples of Online and Electronic Resources Utilized in Etowah County:
ECBOE District Website
Provides teachers, students, and parents a venue for communication, school events, podcasts, photo galleries, blogs, and emergency alerts.
Alex (Alabama Learning Exchange)
Offers lesson plans, courses of study instructional links, distance learning assistance, etc.
Alabama Virtual Library
Provides students, teachers, and citizens of the state with online access to library informational resources.
Accesses reading performance in less than 10 minutes.
Monitors and evaluates the practice of reading.
Offers a combination of management system, assessment, and curriculum resources to provide administrators, teachers, and students with tools to improve academic performance, particularly in the areas of math and reading.
Connects schools, teachers, and students from around the world to collaborate on projects, share experiences, and build knowledge together. Teachers and students build their own webpages to share learning experiences. Simple publishing tools allow members to easily create content and engage one another in thoughtful online discussions.
Other examples of online/electronic references: STI, Encyclopedia Britannica, Skills Bank, Thinkfinity and Power Media Plus.