PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE - December 2017
Technological advances can make our lives much easier in a multitude of ways. Google searching and document sharing, GPS, digital photography, email/text/IM, Smartphones, Chromebooks and online registration/purchasing have added a level of tremendous convenience to our lives. Schools benefit from advanced teaching tools, database management, enhanced communication and test administration to name a few. This year, we have been able to add to our Chromebooks inventory and currently have 20 mobile charging carts each containing 24+ Chromebooks.
While we are not yet at the 1-1 model that LHS has, our students are using the Chromebooks and their Google accounts daily. Many teachers are now directly sharing assignments electronically via Google Classroom. Students will maintain their LPS accounts through middle and high school. We continually work with students across various courses about being responsible with the technology at their fingertips. These lessons include the importance of password secrecy, safe searches, responding appropriately, plagiarism and proper citation, online safety, and understanding that everything is searchable and able to be traced.
At the beginning of 5th grade (and again in 9th grade), students and parents are presented with our AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) to review and sign. Here are few of the statements from our AUP relevant to responsible use:
Passwords are confidential. All passwords shall be protected by the user and not shared or displayed.
Individual users shall, at all times, be responsible for the proper use of accounts issued in their name.
System users shall not use another user’s account.
Use appropriate language; swearing, vulgarity, ethnic or racial slurs, and other inflammatory language is prohibited.
Pretending to be someone else when sending/receiving messages is prohibited.
Transmitting or viewing obscene material is prohibited.
E-mail and other electronic resources are not considered confidential and can be monitored at any time.
We continue to work with all of students on appropriate and responsible use of technology. Parent support is always welcome. Here is one resource that we have used within our 5th grade Technology course. It is worth a look.
Should you ever have any comments or questions, please contact me via phone (781)334-5810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Stephen R. Ralston, Principal