What is the STOPiT Class?
STOPiT (Smart Topics On Personal iPad Technology) is a mandatory course offered by Cozad High School (CHS) and Grand Island Northwest High School (GINW) to students who have violated the Responsible/Acceptable Use Policy (RUP/AUP). Each school implemented 1:1 mobile devices in the 2012-13 school year. With 24/7 access for students, both districts felt a need to hold students accountable for their online and electronic behaviors. Cozad High School began the STOPiT class in the Fall of 2012. In the Fall of 2013, GINW joined CHS in the STOPiT class. Connecting, collaboration and creativity between the two schools has designed a program that has positive benefits for both districts. Heather Callihan and Patty Wolfe are both Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educators.
The RUP/AUP is signed annually by both parents and students before the student is allowed to use school technology resources. The STOPiT program has been designed and implemented by the school to provide additional instruction for users who have demonstrated the need for further training in the area of responsible student use of online and mobile resources.
What happens if the student violates the RUP/AUP?
If a student violates the district's RUP/AUP, the student will lose their iPad privileges for a period of time to be determined by the high school principal. Before the iPad will be returned to the student, a STOPiT agreement must be signed by both the parent and student and returned to the principal. In signing the STOPiT agreement, the student agrees to attend the next available STOPiT class. This class will be scheduled one Wednesday per month from 2:30 to 3:30.
What are the benefits of this class?
By participating in the class, the student will participate in activities and lessons about Digital Citizenship and responsible use of online and mobile resources. Digital Citizenship lessons help students learn how to be smart and effective participants in a digital world. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions.
What happens if the student does not attend the scheduled STOPiT class?
If a student fails to attend the scheduled STOPiT class, they will lose take-home privileges for their iPad until such time as they attend a STOPiT class. Habitual violations may result in the complete loss of school technology privileges altogether, for a time-period to be determined by the building principal.
What curriculum and/or resources are used for STOPiT?
Most of the curriculum and resources are from CommonSense Media. Common Sense states their mission: "Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives." (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/about-us/our-mission). They offer a comprehensive curriculum for K-12 educators (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/scope-and-sequence).
"After implementing our 1:1 iPad program at Cozad High School it became apparent that taking a student's iPad for inappropriate classroom use was not effective. Rather than write detentions for their actions we came to believe that educating students on proper use may be a better deterrent. The STOPiT class has provided our school an avenue for teaching and promoting responsible digital citizenship. The benefit to our students is that they become not only aware of digital responsibility but also how the iPad is to be used in an educational setting. The STOPiT class provides a positive learning environment to students that has been more effective in dealing with inappropriate use than the more negative aspect of assigning detentions."
Bill Beckenhauer, Cozad High School Principal
STOPiT Class by Patty Wolfe and Heather Callihan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at www.stopitclass.org