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LEGAL ISSUES OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION AND IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERS

A. Rios-Parnell1, P. Roubides2

1Ivy Tech Community College (UNITED STATES)
2Broward College (UNITED STATES)
Innovative technology is a must have in the educational environment as a requirement to help students to become part of this technological global society of the 21st century. Educational leaders at both the secondary and post-secondary education levels have to make important decisions about innovative technologies, such as the kind of technology needed for specific subject matter with relation to its learning goals, the development of a budget making process, and the creation of training for faculty to master innovative technology. Some issues of educational innovative technology include the impact of enhanced delivery of courses or programs, the analysis and purchasing of course management systems, and the development of faculty. This monogram discusses several legal concerns arising from adoption or use of new educational technologies that educational leaders are confronted with on a daily basis. Some of these concerns involve cyber-truancy, cyberbullying, copyright law in online and distance education, and the use or non-use of assistive technology for students with learning disabilities. Furthermore, a case study is also presented exemplifying the importance of legal literacy for educational leaders as regarding the use of educational technologies, as well as the importance and implications of their decision-making processes regarding legal issues that may arise from the use of such technologies.