As you may know, this program is reviewed by the school board every year prior to the approval of funding for the next school year. It is important for everyone to understand that their support is vital if this program is to continue in it’s present form. For students, the easiest way to show that support is to take care of the equipment. Carrying the laptop in a bag rather than in the open, avoiding eating and drinking when using the laptop, picking the laptop up properly instead of by the lid, and not leaving the laptop unattended all send a message that our students understand and respect the resources and opportunity that has been afforded to them. As a whole our students have been extremely responsible, and have far exceeded original expectations. It is vital that this does not disappear, the actions of our students provide us with a yardstick for our success. Or students consistently produce materials that are seen as examples of educational technology best practices and our teachers routinely speak at state and local conferences share their expertise. Our classes reach out beyond the school to interact with other students from other towns, states, and even other countries, As a District we are becoming one of the leaders in the integration of technology into our classrooms.
Our repair structure will remain as it is with students bringing a laptop in need of repair to Mrs. Morrone. If the student requests, a spare will be issued while the laptop is being repaired, we have a great turn around time, although sometimes it will take longer than normal, depending on the problem. One of the things we would like you to be aware of is the need to turn in any frayed power cords, most of the time this is covered by the warranty and will be replaced free of charge, however if fraying turns into a broken cord, the warranty may nor apply.
We will continue our “Three strikes” policy with students who forget laptops. Students can come to get spares immediately before school, during Advisory, and during the first 20 minutes of each block and. If the student is issued a spare to take the place of a laptop that was “forgotten” at home three times in the space of a marking period, the student will lose take home privileges for 30 days.
First time screen damage, We know sometimes accidents happen so this year we will be experimenting with a “first time” screen damage forgiveness feature of the insurance. It is important to note that this only covers purely accidental damage to the screen, not damage that is due to mistreatment. And it only covers the screen, not the plastics, hinges or any other part of the machine. Students may only use this forgiveness feature once during their four years at the high school beginning this year. This cause is not grandfathered and any fines that were assessed in previous years still apply. If the student reports an accidental break to the screen to Mrs. Morrone and the condition of the laptop does not reflect any mistreatment, the screen will be replaced without being charged the 150.00 deductible. Please keep in mind that if the screen is broken a second time which had proven to be the exception rather than the norm, the 150.00 deductible will be charged. We hope that this will be helpful to you but also hope everyone understands that if we see a spike in screen damage, this feature will be removed and the deductible will apply for each instance.
Email We will be using Google Apps for Education to provide students with a gig of online file storage capability and a monitored student e-mail account. Student can upload and access files from any computer with internet access using this web based storage service which also allows students to work collaboratively in the case of group projects. Students can also send files to each other using the school sponsored e-mail account The student e-mail [email_address] will be monitored and will only allow messages within the domain and .edu and .gov any external messages will be sent to an administrator as a student safety measure. The e-mail is designed for academic use only and should not be used for personal communications. The goal of this program is to make sure that students understand the difference in expectations of privacy between personal and “professional” email; as they move forward in their educational and professional careers. Once again, you may visit the webpage if you would like more detailed information regarding the usage and monitoring of school sponsored e-mail
If you have downloaded the forms from the internet you have already seen our next major addition, the laptop program webpage, You can go to this site to access more detailed information about the program, get news and information from the main page, and obtain tutorials to help you help your student in completing technology based projects. Enhanced parent access is the final major addition to the program this year. In the spirit of establishing a partnership, parents will be able to request a password that will grant them installation privileges for the individual machines. The password can be obtained by contacting me by email or by phone and will only be given to a parent. For this to work however, parents should not give the password to students, if a student is found to be using the password it will be a violation of the acceptable use policy and will be referred to administration and the laptop will be reimaged and the password removed. Finally, there are two housekeeping issues The first is regarding the word procession software that is installed on the laptops, we have switched to Open Office, the program is very similar to Office in appearance and function and will allow the students to save their files as Office documents so the switch should be relatively seamless.
Support <ul><li>Program is reviewed by the School Board every year prior to funding being approved for the next year. </li></ul><ul><li>Student responsibility and care is a big piece of the puzzle. </li></ul><ul><li>Our teachers routinely share expertise at conferences such as the Penn State One to One Conference . </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking to increase the ways our students interact with a global community. </li></ul>
Responsible Use of Technology <ul><li>District Acceptable Use Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Governs student use of district technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sent home with “beginning of year” forms. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MUST be signed and returned your student’s advisor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Copyright Considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Citizenship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Music and video downloads </li></ul></ul>
Specifics <ul><li>The repair process remains the same. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student bring laptops to Mrs. Morrone in the LMC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students must request a spare. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep an eye out for frayed power cords, if a power cord is frayed, discontinue use and get it replaced. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Power cords are the most misplaced item and their loss is not covered by insurance. </li></ul></ul>
I forgot… <ul><li>Spare laptops are available for students who have laptops in for repair or who have forgotten them. </li></ul><ul><li>If a student forgets a laptop three times in a marking period take home privileges are lost for thirty days. </li></ul><ul><li>Spares can be obtained: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Between 7:15 and 7:30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advisory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The first twenty minutes of each block </li></ul></ul>
Usage Cost <ul><li>Does not cover negligence or loss due to inattention. </li></ul><ul><li>$45.00 yearly premium </li></ul><ul><li>$150.00 deductible per incident </li></ul><ul><li>If a theft is reported, a police report must be provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not leave laptops unattended or laying on the seat of a car. </li></ul>
First Time Screen Damage Forgiveness <ul><li>Detailed information is on the back of the insurance form. </li></ul><ul><li>Only applies to purely accidental damage to the screen alone no other part of the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Can only be used once during the students High School career. </li></ul><ul><li>Is revoked in the case of deliberate or negligent damage. </li></ul><ul><li>The deductible applies to subsequent damage. </li></ul>
E-mail and Online File Storage <ul><li>Email address [email_address] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No punctuation in the username </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monitored, not private </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible from any computer with an internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Not intended to replace personal e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Can only send and receive from </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@ssdstudent.org. @.edu,@.gov, other specified addresses </li></ul></ul>
E-mail…cont <ul><li>Email from a restricted source or with inappropriate text or images is sent to an administrator for review in it’s entirety. </li></ul><ul><li>Intended to familiarize students with the use of a “sponsored” account and to establish expectations of privacy between personal and “professional” e-mail and storage services. </li></ul><ul><li>Services are run through Gaggle.net and Google Apps for Education </li></ul>
Online File Storage <ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>1 Gig of storage space </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for sharing and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible from anywhere with internet connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Additional information about student e-mail and file storage (including logon address username and password ) is available from the Laptop Program link on the High School main page. </li></ul>
Backing up files <ul><li>Personal flash drive (strongly suggested) </li></ul><ul><li>Copying working folder to network drive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Network drive is not available out of school. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School sponsored online file storage. </li></ul><ul><li>CD burners are available in the LMC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students must provide blank CD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sending by e-mail </li></ul>
Other Program Changes <ul><li>Laptop program webpage with information and tutorials. </li></ul><ul><li>Parent password </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Given out to parents only, not for student use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Mr. Nelson to get it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>610-938-6236 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office has been replaced with Open Office. </li></ul>
TEMS <ul><li>All TEMS issues should be directed to </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>