Barnwell School District 45
Technology Handbook for Parents and Students


Technology Handbook for Parents and Students

 Using technology, students engage with the world around them and beyond. Transformative technologies will ignite learning in our students and inspire them to experience 21st century learning. Working collaboratively on authentic problem and project-based activities students will develop vital creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills necessary to prepare them for a future that we can only imagine.

 Student Computing Goals

  1. Improved Student Learning: Through instructional strategies that apply best practices in teaching with technology and a variety of resources which support the curriculum, student learning will improve.
  2. Meaningful Student Engagement: Through our 1:1 computing program one of our goals is to make school more engaging and relevant for our students and to support meaningful and more challenging work.
  3. 21st Century Skills: We will ensure that students have high level 21st century skills which will prepare them for a successful future.
  4. Project and Problem-based Learning Opportunities: Through personalized, authentic, and collaborative experiences, students will solve problems and demonstrate their learning through project-based activities.
  5. Equity of Access: We will bridge the digital divide by providing all students with access to technology tools and resources for anytime, anywhere learning.

Barnwell School District 45 understands that technology is a critical tool in the pursuit of your child’s education. Barnwell 45 uses technology of many sorts to provide depth and breadth to your child’s education and to engage him/her in the world both now and in the future. For you, this Handbook provides ready access to policies and resources that will help you realize how many technological resources are now available to your child. We also hope that this handbook will be a source of guidance as you realize that Barnwell 45 has taken many steps to keep our children safe. Barnwell School District 45 needs you to be a partner in your child’s education and safety. When the District resources are paired with engaged parents, and students who are ready to learn, there is no limit to what we can accomplish!

Barnwell School District 45 encourages students to use a variety of technologies to enhance their learning.  To ensure the privacy and safety of our students, and to protect data and our resources, we ask parents and students to become familiar with policy and regulations that have been established for technology use in the district. Barnwell 45’s aim is to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all electronic resource activities. With this privilege and opportunity to explore resources come responsibilities for the parent and for the student.

Table of Contents

BSD45 Technology Basics: What You Must Know

Responsible Use Procedures (RUP)

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

Device Rules and Guidelines

Caring For the Device

Email for Students

Chatting

Listening to Music

Watching Movies

Gaming

Backgrounds and Screensavers

Copyright and Plagiarism

Technology Discipline

Technology User Fee

Accountability

Legal Title

Legal Property

Liability

Digital Citizenship: Good To Know

What is Digital Citizenship?

Health Tips for Parents

Cyber-Safety Tips

E-Mail, IM and Chat Rooms - Help children stay safer online

Teach Your Children The Following Rules

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

Contact your teacher if you have questions about any of the following....

 BSD45 Technology Basics: What You Must Know

Responsible Use Procedures (RUP)

When signing the Responsible Use Procedures (RUP), you are acknowledging that you understand and accept the information in this document and agree to Barnwell School District 45 Responsible Use Procedures and Terms and Conditions for Device Usage.

Barnwell 45 students and families must understand that:

  1. Devices are available for student use and remain the property of Barnwell 45.
  2. All users are accountable to all school, district, local, state, and federal laws.
  3. All use of devices and network must support education.
  4. Students and families must follow all guidelines set forth in this document and by Barnwell 45 staff.
  5. All rules and guidelines are in effect before, during, and after school hours, for all Barnwell 45 devices whether on or off the school campus.
  6. All files stored on Barnwell 45 equipment or the network are property of the district and may be subject to review and monitoring.
  7. The term “equipment” or “technology” refers to devices, batteries, and power cord/chargers. Each piece of equipment is issued as an educational resource. The conditions surrounding this equipment can be equated to those of a textbook.
  8. Students are expected to keep the devices in good condition. Failure to do so may result in bills for repair or replacement.  Students in grades 3-8 are responsible for the assigned device in each class. BHS students are responsible for the device they are issued.
  9. Students in grades 3 -8 are expected to report any damage to their device immediately to their teacher. BHS students will report any damage to their device to the Media Specialist.
  10. Students who identify or know about a security problem are expected to convey the details to their teacher without discussing it with other students.
  11. Students are expected to notify a staff member immediately if they come across information, images, or messages that are inappropriate, dangerous, threatening, or make them feel uncomfortable. In turn staff members will report the incident to the administration.
  12. All users are expected to follow existing copyright laws and educational fair use policies.
  13. Students may only log in under their assigned username. Students may not share their password with other students.
  14. Students are not to loan device components to other students. Students who do so are responsible for any loss of components.
  15. Any failure to comply may result in disciplinary action. Barnwell 45 may remove a user’s access to the network without notice at any time if the user is engaged in any unauthorized activity.
  16. Barnwell 45 reserves the right to confiscate the property at any time.
  17. Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

Barnwell School District 45 makes every effort to equip parents/guardians with the necessary tools and information to ensure safe use of the devices in the home. There are several responsibilities assumed by the parent/guardian and the student. These are outlined below.

Device Rules and Guidelines

The rules and regulations are provided here so that students and parents/guardians are aware of the responsibilities students accept when they use a district-owned device. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of all technology resources. Violations of these rules and guidelines will result in disciplinary action. Students will receive device-related training at school once they obtain their device.

Caring For the Device

Carrying the Device

Screen Care

Care of Device at Home (Barnwell High School Students)

Email for Students

All Barnwell 45 school students are issued a district email account. Barnwell 45 email allows students to safely and effectively communicate and collaborate with Barnwell 45 staff and classmates, giving them an authentic purpose for writing.

Email  Usage

Email Etiquette

Guidelines and Reminders

Unacceptable Use Examples

Chatting

Chatting should be used for educational purposes to collaborate with teachers and fellow students on a school based project. Similar to supervision at school, we recommend parent/guardian supervise the device use at home.

Listening to Music

Watching Movies

Gaming

Backgrounds and Screensavers

Any images set as a device background must be school appropriate. Inappropriate media may not be used as a device background. Presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drugs, or gang-related symbols will result in disciplinary action and/or loss of device privileges.

Copyright and Plagiarism (Barnwell High School)

Students are expected to follow all copyright laws as outlined in Fair Use Doctrine of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, USC).  The distinction between what is fair use and what is infringement in a particular case will not always be clear or easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission.

Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission. Copyright protects the particular way authors have expressed themselves. The safest course is to get permission from the copyright owner before using copyrighted material.

Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work or borrowing someone else's original ideas.  To "Plagiarize" means that you are stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as one's own. You should never use another person's’ work without crediting the source.  In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

Technology Discipline

Most tech-related behavior violations are equivalent to “traditional” classroom violations.

In cases where unacceptable use or negligence is suspected, contact your school’s administration.

School-Based Discipline

The discipline policies at each school encompass the desired learning environment. Please reference the materials specific to each school or contact the school directly for details.

Device Technology User Fee

Student access to computers is one way that Barnwell 45 enhances the learning opportunities for our students.  Use of the devices is a privilege.  Students who use a computing device at school are expected to follow Barnwell 45’s policies, procedures and practices give in the district documents, Student’s Rights and Responsibilities as well as the Technology Handbook for Parents and Students. These are available on the district web site.  The student Technology User Fee is $25 annually and is nonrefundable. 

Accountability

Legal Title

Legal title to the device is with the district and shall at all times remain with the district. The student is responsible at all times for the device's appropriate care and use. The device is specific to the student.  If a student transfers to another Barnwell 45 school their device will follow them to the new school.

Legal Property

Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If you are unsure, ask a teacher or parent. Plagiarism is a violation of the student policy. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text.

Liability

Chromebook devices will be returned annually. Students remain responsible for the device until it has been verified to be in working order.  The parent/guardian/student are responsible for the entire cost of repairs or replacement to computing devices damaged through student misuse, neglect, intentional damage or loss.  In case of theft, an official police report will be required.

Digital Citizenship: Good to Know

What is Digital Citizenship?

District Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

Students will abide by the district’s Responsible use Procedures and:

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

Appropriate Content

All files must be school appropriate. Inappropriate materials include explicit or implicit references to:

The parent/guardian must agree to monitor student use at home, and away from school. The best way to keep students safe and on-task is to have a parent/guardian present and involved.

Suggestions

Health Tips for Parents

The average child in the US now spends an average of 7 hours a day using computers, cell phones, televisions and other electronic devices.
As screen and electronics time increases, time spent on exercise and family activities typically decreases.  An increase in screen time has been shown to be linked to an increase in obesity rates.
So here’s what you can do to help keep your child safe and healthy as he or she ventures into this new world of electronic education.

  1. Limit the amount of time that your child is using the computer outside of schoolwork. The AAP recommends limiting total screen time to 2 hours daily.
  2. Be aware of what your child is using the computer for. Know what Internet sites he is visiting and what he is doing on those sites.
  3. Keep the bedroom as a screen free area. No televisions, cell phones or computers need to be in a child’s bedroom, especially at night.
  4. Encourage your child to get plenty of exercise daily.
  5. Above all, talk with your child. Discuss what she is doing with her new computer and discuss things that have absolutely nothing to do with computers. Just talk!

Additional Articles

Healthy Habits for TV, Video Games, and the Internet  by http://kidshealth.org

Turn Off the TV or Computer and Get Active by http://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au

E-Mail, IM and Chat Rooms - Help children stay safer online

Help protect children against inappropriate content

Teach Your Children the Important Rules to Follow.

Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet.   CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools or libraries that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program.

Barnwell District 45 follows the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act by:

Contact your teacher if you have questions about any of the following....

Thank you for partnering with Barnwell School District 45 by agreeing to abide by the Responsible Use Procedures (RUP) and becoming familiar with this Technology Handbook for Parents and Students.


                                                                                                

 (Based on Technology Handbook for Parents and Students developed by Richland District Two and Greenwood 50) Document Last Revision: July 2017