What do you mean by “Get Connected”?
For the purposes of the Greendale Schools, “Get Connected” means allowing filtered wireless access to a privately-owned wireless and/or portable electronic piece of equipment such as laptops, notebook, netbooks, tablets/slates, iPodTouches, e-Readers, and smart phones. Which device should students bring to school?
The Greendale Schools does not recommend any particular device. However, we will be providing information on the capability of various devices to allow students to fully engage in the curriculum. If a certain device or software program is needed for a particular class, we will provide it for the student. How will my son’s/daughter’s device be used in the classroom?
Schools must challenge students with rigorous, personalized academic learning experiences that foster innovation and creativity. Students will engage in a cohesively integrated curriculum, access information, and apply it to solve authentic problems in a collaborative manner. We believe equitable access to technology will aid our students in becoming information producers rather than information consumers and self-directed learners and collaborative team players.
Educational activities expected on the personal devices may include:
Are students required to participate in the pilot?
- Producing documents, spreadsheets, and/ or slide shows
- Working in Google Apps for Education for various purposes such as to discuss a concept or collaborate on a project
- Video and audio recordings
- Taking photographs
- Using on-line polls and assessments
- Viewing video instructions
- Reading books and magazines
- Using educational apps
- Accessing student records, grades and assignments
- Make a quick voice note to themselves with the daily math assignment on their device
- Take notes into their device during class and organize digital notebooks and folders
- Maintain a calendar for assignments and activities
- View a teacher’s webpage
- Access the Internet during class to research for projects or group efforts
- Create blogs to discuss reading assignments
Participation in the pilot program is not required. The District will still provide access to all computer labs, school-owned devices and school-owned software. The “Get Connected” pilot will allow the District to test the infrastructure and network. Additionally, teachers may identify gaps in device capabilities and curricular needs. Can students use their personal email account?
Student users shall not access or use individual email accounts at school. All student email collaboration shall be done through teacher moderated accounts. The Greendale Schools will be transitioning to Google Apps for Education for the 2012-13 school year for the purposes of providing filtered email, collaboration and productivity tools for students and teachers.What if my child’s device is stolen or damaged? What recourse can I take?
Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal items. The school will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen or misplaced. Some devices have a device locator; it is recommended that you enable this feature if possible.Is it required that my child use the School wireless? Can they use their own 3G or 4G service?
Students with a personally-owned device will need to use the our Public wireless network. Our Public network is filtered and complies with Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).My child is bringing a device to school for instructional purposes. Will they have access to things they normally do with district equipment?
You child will have access to any of the web-based software the school currently uses (databases, library search tools, etc.) Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons. All students will have access to Google Apps for Education.As a parent am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) to my child’s device?
Currently we are not requiring any additional software for school use. Virus protection is always advised, but not required. Device location software is not required but is always a good idea. While on the Greendale Schools network, students will be monitored through the District’s web filter, so there is no need for additional filtering software.