Grinnell Middle School Laptop Roll-Out Night: August 20, 2013 PURPOSE: To inform parents & students of the expectations, policies, protections, care & maintenance information, & security information that are outlined in the G-N Acceptable Use Agreement. 2012-13 PARENT TECHNOLOGY SURVEY RESULTS Top 10 Benefits Voiced By Parents: 10. We are teaching them to use less paper 9. Helped to make students more responsible 8. Have helped students to become more organized 7. Students are better able to collaborate with peers 6. Can easily access their grades & progress reports 5. Ability to access and analyze information 4. Project-based & innovative assignments 3. Communication with teachers has greatly improved 2. Familiarity with technology tools & applications 1. Developing research skills & writing skills 2012-13 PARENT TECHNOLOGY SURVEY RESULTS Top 10 Concerns Voiced By Parents: 10. Not wanting the machines to come home with them 9. Access to games and other non-academic programs 8. Inability to download programs that they need 7. Lack of parent controls 6. Too many tools for students to master (LMS, sites, etc.) 5. Cyber bullying / increased student-student incivility 4. Social media concerns 3. Lack of supervision (both at school & home) 2. Ability to look at inappropriate content on the web 1. Potential contact with on-line predators POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS/SUGGESTIONS FOR CONCERNS: Not wanting the machines to come home with them: Upon parent request, we can keep the laptop at school during non-school hours Access to games & other non-academic programs: The school will be more vigilant in terms of what students have on their computers; Students that have illegally downloaded or installed materials will have their computers re-imaged Inability to download programs they need: Students can request software they need from the G-N Website (under Technology Resources) POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS/SUGGESTIONS FOR CONCERNS (cont.): Lack of Parent Controls: The school owns the laptops, the parents set the rules at home – your house, your child, your rules Too Many Tools: We are moving to a unified LMS (learning management system) called CANVAS for grades 7 and 8 and Edmodo for grades 5-6 that teachers will be using in their classes incrementally; students will only need to access their course materials through CANVAS or Edmodo Cyber-Bullying/Student-Student Incivility: Gaggle does pick up some content that constitutes bullying types of behavior; However, the best way to catch this is for the student to show a teacher, bring it to the office, print it off, or take a screenshot (“Shift”+”Command”+”4”) POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS/SUGGESTIONS FOR CONCERNS (cont.): Social Media Concerns: Parents will be given student G- Mail usernames and passwords upon request to monitor mail & chat; Parents can also require their child to ‘friend’ them on Facebook and can follow them on Twitter Lack of Supervision: At school, student computers are monitored by the office – we also have an HMS called “Gaggle” that notifies us of inappropriate content being utilized; At home, the parents can set the boundaries in terms of supervision Ability to look at inappropriate content: The iBoss filtering system works both at school and on other wi-fi network sources, however, does not filter everything; 100% content filtering is impossible & supervision is necessary POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS/SUGGESTIONS FOR CONCERNS (cont.): Potential contact with on-line predators: Monitoring your child’s Facebook & Twitter accounts, G-mail, chat, etc. so that you know who your child is communicating with is a first step; Secondly, consistently educating students on the dangers of sharing personal information with anyone is a “double-pronged” approach (parents & school); HS students will have various Seminars devoted to cybersafety, cyber-security, and digital literacy information throughout the school year Best tips for parents: 1) 2) 3) Know your students usernames & passwords Have them show you what they are doing on their laptop Set the expectations for use at home OVERVIEW OF ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES: - The machine is the property of the district - Intended for educational use, to support the learning environment – not to replace teaching, but as a tool - Usage is a privilege, not a right - The school retains the right to inspect, confiscate, & reimage the machine at any time - Student expectations for use of the laptop: - Don’t share your machine, parts/pieces, or passwords - Should be in your possession or secured (on you, in your locker, at home; NOT in your car, NOT at your friends house, NOT laying around the school, locker rooms, or cafeteria) - Bring it to school charged & ready each day OVERVIEW OF ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES: - Student expectations for use of the laptop: - - - Save & back up your work. Students who do not have permission to take their laptops home need to make arrangements with their Tiger Time teacher as to where they will take their laptop at the end of the day. Use of the machine and/or programs to bully or harass others will result in the confiscation of the laptop Use of the machine to illegally download materials or programs will results in the confiscation of the laptop Student care and maintenance of the laptop: - Carrying case; Don’t deface the machine; Keep them on a flat surface; Don’t use them @ lunch or around food & drinks; BOTTOM LINE: Treat this as if it were your own - Student care and maintenance of the laptop: - - Consequences for misuse: - - Wind your cord carefully; Wait until your power light is pulsing before you put it away; Don’t remove the ID tags on your machine; BOTTOM LINE: Treat this as if it were your own Confiscation of the machine Internet/networking capabilities deactivated Reimaging of the machine Detention, suspension, expulsion Civil or criminal liability under applicable laws Damage fee schedule: 1st incident - $100; 2nd incident - $200, 3rd incident – up to full cost of repair - You could be charged for the full cost of the machine if the damaged is caused by gross negligence HMS GAGGLE - Stands for “Human Monitoring System” - Email, Chat, & Internet filter that notifies the student & administration if the content is inappropriate - Reasons include: - Profanity / Racism / Inappropriate Language Nudity / Sexual Content Violence / Abuse-Self Violence / Rape / Abuse-Others Alcohol / Smoking / Drugs - Warnings are sent to the student on the 1st & 2nd violations; Accounts are suspended on the 3rd (administration can override suspensions in benign cases) HMS GAGGLE (cont.): - Levels of severity include: - Warning: 3 warnings include the student & account restrictions applied to the 3rd violation • Administration notified on 3rd violation - Q Con: Questionable content (self harm, drug usage, etc.) • Administration notified on all Q Con situations - PSS: Possible student situation (safety situations including self-abuse/harm, violence or immanent threats to anyone, possible sales or procurement of illegal substances) • Administration notified by phone from Gaggle in all PSS situations HMS GAGGLE (cont.): - Additional information: - When violations occur, a conversation will take place between the student and the administration and/or school counselor - Students’ accounts can be reinstated by the administration if an error has occurred (upon review at the request of the student) - Parents may request to have information from Gaggle about their students’ accounts sent to them via email from the administration - Law enforcement may request records from Gaggle upon serious violations Digital Media Areas of Focus for Class Meetings • Internet Safety • Privacy & Security • Relationships & Communication • Cyber-bullying • Digital footprints & Reputation • Self-Image and Identity • Information Literacy • Creative Credit & Copyright Information • Each grade level will be doing about 5-6 sessions per year in which each of these are covered (some, of course, will overlap). These will be done during classroom meetings that meet once a week. What to do if . . . (for students) - I have a problem with my laptop? - Tell your teacher -> take it to the help desk in the GMS Media Center (it might be a quick fix or it might be something that needs more intensive tech help) - Other students are sending me inappropriate messages or materials? - Tell your teacher -> take a screenshot of it, come to the office for help - I get “gaggled”? - After the 3rd Offense, your Google services will be suspended for a length of time; if you feel you have been gaggled unfairly, come to the office and see Mrs. Hegg-Dunne - I lose my information? - See Mr. Kabulsky in the media center and always back up your stuff! What to do if . . . (for parents) - My student is spending time on non-academic programs? - Supervise them during their homework time, set limits on the usage at home, check their grades on-line - You are unsure of child’s online activities? - Know you’re their passwords and account information, follow them on Twitter and have them friend you on FB If you suspect something criminal is happening (inappropriate contact online, etc.) don’t hesitate to call us or the police to check it out - - My student is being bullied or is bullying someone else? - Have them show you what’s happening online, take a screenshot if possible and contact the Middle School Office Reminders . . . 1st day of school information . . . *Classes start at 8:00 a.m. *Report to your Tiger Time teacher.