Taylor Community School Corporation

1:1 Digital Learning Initiative

Acceptable Use Policy

2017-2018

1:1 Digital Learning Initiative

Acceptable Use Policy

Table of Contents

Overview......…………………………………………………………………………………………….3

1.0 General Information......…................................................................................................................4

2.0 Care of the Student Device.....….................................................................................................... 4-5

3.0 Using Your Device at School….....…............................................................................................... 5

4.0 Managing Your Files & Saving Your Work…..….........................................................................6

5.0 Content Management…………....................................................................................................... 6

6.0 Responsible Use…………………………………………………………………………………...7-8

7.0 Behaviors and Discipline Related to Student Device Use …........................................................ 8-9

8.0 Liability………………. ......................................................................................................................10

9.0 Damaged and Lost Devices ..............................................................................................................10


Information, Guidelines, and Procedures

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OVERVIEW

Taylor Community School Corporation is excited to implement the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.  This initiative is to provide equitable 21st Century tools and resources necessary for our students to be successful and engaged learners.  In order to achieve academic excellence, today’s students require access to educational experiences that seamlessly integrate technology throughout the educational program.  This initiative seeks to provide our students with learning opportunities beyond the normal school day through the use of the technology.

The individual use of iPads is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for their educational and career future.  Teaching and learning through the integration of iPads not only will increase student engagement and ownership of learning, but allows for effective transformation of curriculum that can take place anywhere and at anytime. By using technology effectively, we believe it will lead to increased student engagement and thereby increasing student achievement in all areas.  All students will be immersed in a technology rich environment which motivates, engages, and challenges students to learn 21st century skills, as it will be an integral part of their future.

The information contained within this document applies to all of Taylor Community School Corporation student devices used in our schools, including any other device deemed by the administration to come under these guidelines.  The information and agreements found here represent a clear and comprehensive attempt to explain to our parents and students the level of responsibility necessary to participate in this initiative.  Taylor Community School Corporation reserves the right to make any additional or alterations to these guidelines necessary, in order to insure the effectiveness of this initiative as well as the safety and well-being of our students.

This 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative Implementation Handbook is intended to promote responsible use and protect students and the school from liability resulting from any misuse of the school-issued devices.  Technology, on or off-campus, must be used in accordance with the mission and philosophy of Taylor Community Schools as well as the Student Responsible Use Guidelines as stated in the respective school’s Student Handbook.  Teachers may set additional requirements for use in their respective classes.

The student devices remains the property of the Taylor Community School Corporation at all times.  Therefore, there is no assumption of privacy. Taylor Community School Corporation reserves the right to inspect student devices at any time during the school year.  Misuse of the device may result in disciplinary action.

Above all, the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative  program at Taylor Community Schools is an academic program, and the policies governing the use of the technology support its academic use. To maintain the integrity of the iPad program, all students and parents/guardians must acknowledge and agree to the following conditions of use:

1:1 DIGITAL LEARNING INITIATIVE GOALS

1.0  GENERAL INFORMATION

The procedures and information within this document apply to all student devices use at Taylor Community School Corporation.. Teachers may set additional requirements for use in their classroom.

1.1 Receiving your device

Student devices will be distributed during the months of August and September. Parents and students must digitally sign the Student Pledge for Use before the device can be issued to their child. Every new student will receive a device, charger, cable and case upon enrollment at Taylor Schools. They are responsible to keep device charged and cleaned. Student are to  bring to school every day. If an issue arises, they are to report to their teacher or office as soon as noticed. If a replacement cord or charger is needed, they should buy from bookstore or acquire replacement from any store.

1.2 Returning your device

Student devices will be returned back to Taylor Community School Corporation during the last week of the school year. If a student transfers out of Taylor Community School Corporation during the school year, the device will be returned at that time. Students who withdraw, are suspended or expelled, or terminate enrollment at Taylor Community School Corporation for any other reason must return their individual school device with accessories on the date of termination.  Failure to return the student device will result in a theft report being filed with local law enforcement.

1.3 Personal student devices

Students are not allowed to use personal devices in place of district issued devices due to the use of a mobile device management system.

2.0  CARE OF THE STUDENT DEVICE

2.1 General Care

2.2 Carrying and Transporting iPads


2.3 Screen Care

2.4 Security and Identification

3.0  USING YOUR STUDENT DEVICE AT SCHOOL

Student devices are intended for use during school each day. Students must bring their device to all classes, unless specifically instructed not to do so by their teacher.

3.1 Devices Left at Home

Not having a working device will not be an excuse for not participating in class or not completing assignments.  Loaner devices will not be available to students who forgot to bring their device to school or failed to charge their device.

3.2 Device Undergoing Repair

Loaner devices may be issued to students when the assigned device has been sent in for repair.

3.3 Charging your iPad

Students are responsible for ensuring that their devices are charged and ready to go for school each day.  It is recommended to charge the device at home each evening.

3.4 Screen Saver/Background Photos

A standard screensaver or background will be preset on the device.  Any changes to the background must be school appropriate.  

3.5 Sound, Music, Games, or Programs

Sound must be muted while in class unless permission is obtained from the teacher. All content (music, games or programs) on the device must be appropriate, used in a responsible manner and at the discretion of the teacher.

3.6 Use of Camera and Video

Each student device is equipped with a digital camera feature which includes the ability to take HD video.  The camera will be enabled or disabled by the building administrators. The camera will allow students to utilize a 21st century tool to develop 21st century learning skills.

        Examples of Use:

Students are not allowed to take pictures/video of staff and/or students without expressed permission by those individuals.  All pictures/video taken must be school appropriate. Any violation of this directive will result in discipline measures.

3.7 Photos and Videos

All videos, photos, and images that are taken or reside on the device must be appropriate and are subject to inspection by district staff at any time.

3.8 Home Internet Access

Students are allowed to set up wireless networks on their devices for use while at home. Parent supervision is an expectation while the device is used at home.  The Children’s Internet Protection Act requires that schools have a content filter in place onsite and the school will make every effort to block objectionable sites.

4.0  MANAGING YOUR FILES & SAVING YOUR WORK

4.1 Saving Documents

Students may save work directly on the device through Google Drive or another cloud-based storage (i.e. Box, , Dropbox, etc.) or e-mail documents to their teachers or themselves as a backup.  Student device malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work.

4.2 Printing from Student Devices

Printing will not be allowed from student devices at school.  If printing is necessary, students must email the document to a student email account or save the document to be printed to a cloud-based storage.

4.3 Network Connectivity

Taylor Community School Corporation makes no guarantee that their network will be up and running 100% of the time. In the rare case that the network is down, the district will not be responsible for lost or missing data.

5.0  CONTENT MANAGEMENT

5.1 Originally Installed Software

The Software/Apps and profiles originally installed by Taylor Community School Corporation must remain on the device in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times.  From time to time, the district may add/remove Apps for use in a particular course. Devices will be monitored through our Mobile Device Management (MDM) system to ensure that students have not removed required apps or added apps that are not appropriate for school use.

5.2 App Management

5.3 Inspection

5.4 Restoring of Student Devices

If technical difficulties occur or non authorized software/apps are discovered, the device may need to be restored. The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of any software or documents deleted due to a reformat and re-image.

5.4  IOS/Chrome Upgrades

Upgrade versions of licensed Apps/software are available from time to time.  Students may be required to check in their iPads to Technology Services for maintenance to apply upgrades.

6.0  RESPONSIBLE USE

6.1 Statement of Responsibility

The use of the Taylor Community School Corporation technology resources (hardware, software, etc.) is a privilege, not a right.  The privilege of using the technology resources provided by the district is not transferable or extendible by students to people or groups outside the district and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled in the district.  These guidelines are provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources.  If a person violates any of the guidelines contained within this document, privileges may be terminated, access to the school district technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action may be applied.  Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion for students.  When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be contacted.  Disciplinary action will follow district policy and the guidelines contained within each respective school’s Student Handbook.

6.2 Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

6.3 School Responsibilities

Taylor Community School Corporation reserves the right to review, monitor and restrict information stored on or transmitted via district owned equipment and to investigate inappropriate use of resources. The school agrees to provide:

6.4 Students Responsibilities

•        Use computers/devices in a responsible and ethical manner.

6.5 Student Activities Strictly Prohibited

6.6 Cyber-Bullying

The National Crime Prevention Council defines cyberbullying  as “When the internet, cell phones, or other devices are used to send or post text or images intended to hurt or embarrass another person.”

6.7 Student Discipline

If a student violates any part of the above guidelines and procedures, he or she will be subject to consequences as listed in the district Student Technology Responsible Use Guidelines, the respective school Student Handbook and Board Policy.

6.8 Student Technology Responsible Use Guidelines

Taylor Community School Corporation Student Technology Responsible Use Guidelines can be found on school website on located on your student’s device. Or you may contact your student’s school administration with any questions about the guidelines.

6.9 Student Passcodes

Passcodes/Passwords on device insure secure use as well as protection from unauthorized users. Students do not have to set passcodes but if they choose to set a passcode on their school issued device, students  must remember passcode. Failure to remember passcode will result in erasure of device and contents, which causes loss of data and valuable time to accomplish.

If the device becomes disabled, there will be a $5.00 tech fee charged to student to restore and setup device.

7.0  Behaviors and Discipline Related to Student iPad Use

Technology Related Behavior Violations

Equivalent “Traditional” Classroom Violations

  • Failure to Bring device to school
  • Coming to class unprepared
  • Missing Cover
  • Not having required supplies
  • Email, texting, FaceTime, Internet surfing, etc.
  • Passing notes, reading magazines, games, etc.
  • Damaging, defacing, placing stickers, etc. to device
  • Vandalism/Property damage to school owned equipment
  • Using account belonging to another student or staff member
  • Breaking into someone else’s locker or classroom
  • Accessing inappropriate material
  • Bringing inappropriate material to school in print form
  • Cyber-Bullying
  • Bullying/Harassment
  • Using profanity, obscenity, racist terms
  • Inappropriate language, harassment
  • Sending/Forwarding assignment to another student to use as their own and/or copy.
  • Cheating, copying assignment, plagiarism

Violations unique to the TCSC 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative

  • Not having device fully charged when brought to school

  • Attempts to defeat or bypass the district’s internet filter and/or security settings

  • Modifying the district’s browser settings or other techniques to avoid being blocked from inappropriate sites or to conceal inappropriate internet activity.

  • Unauthorized downloading/installing of Apps.

7.1 Progressive Discipline

Discipline Steps

8.0  Liability

The parent/guardian/student is responsible for the cost to repair and/or replace, at the date of loss, the device, case, or USB charging cable/charger if the property is:

9.0  Accidental Damage, Malicious Damage and Lost iPads

The Taylor Community School Corporation recognizes that with the implementation of the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative there is a need to protect the investment by both the District and the Student/Parent.  The following outlines the various areas of protection.

Accidental Damage

1st incident                $100 fee

2nd incident                Cost of Repair

Malicious Damage*        Full cost of replacement device or repair cost

TES- iPad full replacement cost:                        $ 379.00

TMS/THS Chromebook full replacement cost:        $ 352.00

* Malicious Damage:  Students/Parents are responsible for full payment of intentional damages to their individual devices or to another student’s device.  The standard device warranty DOES NOT cover intentional damage of the device .  Administrators will make final determinations on what costs will be passed onto the Student/Parent on a case-by-case basis. All damaged devices that have been taken out of school issued cases will be considered maliciously damaged and full cost of repair or replacement will be charged.

Issued Accessory Replacements**

Apple Charger                $20

Apple Cord                $20

School Issued case        $16

Chromebook Charger        $50

** Accessory Replacement:  Cords, Chargers and Cases are available for purchase in each office. Each student is responsible for keeping these accessories in good working condition. Students can purchase replacement cords and chargers at any retail store if cheaper, but must be original items (iPads-Apple, Chromebook- Dell) upon turn in or students will be charged replacement costs. Cases are school issued and must be purchased from offices. Students that write on cases or remove case parts will be charged replacement cost for case upon return at end of school year.

Additional Information:  In cases of theft, vandalism and other criminal acts, a police report must be filed.  In the case of fire, a fire report MUST be filed by the student or parent for the protection coverage to take place.  A copy of the police/fire report must be provided to the principal’s office.

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