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General Chat Thread, what would you class as reasonable use of a laptop? in General; so here is the problem. we have a new esafety policy and laptop policy. in the policy we have this ...
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    Question what would you class as reasonable use of a laptop?

    so here is the problem.

    we have a new esafety policy and laptop policy. in the policy we have this line.

    I will only use the school's email/Internet/Intranet/Learning Paltform and any related technologies for profesional purposes or for uses deemed 'reasonable' by the the head or Governing Body.

    Staff are unsure what reasonable means... in terms of well if I book a holiday with my work laptop, is that reasonable use?

    I've been asked to write a list of what reasonable use is...

    Forgive my ignorance but I feel like writing in big leters red 'DONT DO ANYTHING STUPID'

    I'm stuck.... can anyone help me out?

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    Don't take home and allow your children to install / play games and download illegal music on them.
    and then don't come to me when you've filled your hard drive with family holiday photo's and they're entire cd catalougue into itunes.

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    Thats where an AUP should deem what is and isn't reasonable. Do you have an AUP?

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    yes that line is on the AUP

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    Part of our AUP says the following;

    The above-mentioned teacher and name of school agree that the teacher may use the laptop computer for any purpose s/he wishes, provided solely that it shall not result in personal financial gain for the teacher or any of his/her family associates, but the expectation shall be that such purpose shall primarily be for the teacher’s personal and professional development in connection with her/his duties in the school, and that both parties shall collaborate in recognising what activities might produce outcomes beneficial to both the teacher and the school. To this end, name of school will endeavour to provide any training mutually agreed to be necessary. Both parties agree to provide any information requested by name City Council officer, the Department for Education and Skills, the Office for Standards in Education, National College of School Leadership, or other comparable agency, in investigating the effectiveness and value for money of the Laptops

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    Make it clear any form of pornography, illegal software etc is not allowed. You would honestly be amazed what we have to put up with
    Actually it might be worthwhile not giving them admin rights?

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    Our guidance is roughly paraphrased as:

    "Would you be happy for the head to see you doing this?"

    (assumes your headteacher isn't crazy or otherwise holds funny ideas)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEO View Post
    I will only use the school's email/Internet/Intranet/Learning Paltform and any related technologies for profesional purposes or for uses deemed 'reasonable' by the the head or Governing Body.

    Staff are unsure what reasonable means... in terms of well if I book a holiday with my work laptop, is that reasonable use?

    I've been asked to write a list of what reasonable use is...

    Forgive my ignorance but I feel like writing in big leters red 'DONT DO ANYTHING STUPID'

    I'm stuck.... can anyone help me out?
    I hope i dont sound thick, but surely the head or the Governing body should be writing a list of what is reasonable not you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    ...surely the head or the Governing body should be writing a list of what is reasonable not you?
    Oh God no, please don't let a committee near it or you'll never get a sensible list!

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    Why is that teachers eem to think that Limewire should be part of the standard build too!!
    As soon as I see that icon on the desktop I immediately unplug it from the network, it's the computer equivalent of saying 'I've got pox'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    Oh God no, please don't let a committee near it or you'll never get a sensible list!
    I've just been asked to attend a meeting at the school where I am governor to help do exactly this... but then I'm very popular with the IT staff (both academic and non-academic at that school) as I listen to them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    Oh God no, please don't let a committee near it or you'll never get a sensible list!
    Lol true enough, but you know that when a list is produced and a member of staff uses their laptop outside what is reasonable nothing will happen anyway.

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    taking admin rights away would increase my work load.

    If I see any type of torrent or download program, I always go in deep and look for illegal or unrelated work.

    I must admit it does get my back up when some one in the home goes on it and basically changes everything. despite my best efforts to set up a laptop which is customed towards that teachers needs.

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    Our policy is along the lines of "If you're unsure whether something is allowed, then it probably isn't."

    Staff used to have admin rights on their laptops, but not any longer.

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    I start by asking the Head and Govenors what they deem reasonable use to be, then you'd have your answer!

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