Why Develop Electronic Resources Policy?
Networks, enterprise management systems, applications, telecommunications, software and hardware comprise the fundamental infrastructure on which education fulfills its mission, private industry conducts business, and the public manages and enriches daily life. Without technology, these organizations would be unable to meet their strategic and financial goals, recruit new talent, raise money or support learning. The need to prepare our high school graduates is clear ― they will encounter employers and institutions of higher education that integrate technology into every aspect of their operations. In 21st century society citizenship has a digital dimension.
- Digital citizenship demands a new awareness of what it means to preserve personal safety online and engage civic life responsibly and effectively.
- Digital citizenship demands a new awareness that there are long-lasting implications to web publishing and that responsible personal conduct within the online environment is no different than responsible personal conduct face-to-face.
Students regard digital technologies as powerful and compelling tools for learning, productivity, communication and collaboration. Thoughtful, progressive policy realizes the potential of technology and acknowledges that ICT (information and communication technology) must be broad-based and used intensively by educators, administrators and students ― the critical dynamic if teachers and students are to communicate, share new knowledge and extend teaching and learning beyond school walls and classroom hours.
Four Big Ideas for Your Electronic Resources Policy
- Responsible personal conduct within the online environment is no different than responsible personal conduct face-to-face.
- Individuals must protect personal safety online
- Civic life has an expanding digital dimension that demands responsible engagement by individuals and groups.
- There are long--lasting implications to publishing in the online environment.