Students are permitted to use approved personal electronic devices for educational purposes under the direction of a classroom teacher.
BYOD activities are implemented at the discretion of classroom teachers and building administrators. When electronic devices are used to enhance learning in the classroom, students without a personal device will be provided access to an appropriate school-owned digital device.
Violations of any school policies, regulations, or rules involving a student's personal electronic device may result in the loss of use of the device in school and/or disciplinary action. The school reserves the right to inspect a student's personal electronic device if there is reason to believe that the student has violated diocesan policies, regulations, school rules or has engaged in other misconduct while using their personal electronic device. Any search will be conducted in compliance with school policies.
The use of an approved personal electronic device is not a right, it is a privilege, and students may be denied access at any time. Students wishing to participate in the Bring your Own Device program must comply with the following guidelines and procedures.
Consequences for Misuse
The use of computer systems is a privilege. The iPad/Computer/Internet Acceptable Use Policy must be followed. Any user violating this policy is subject to loss of computer privileges, possible disciplinary action by the school, up to and including expulsion, and legal action (civil and criminal) including reimbursement for any financial losses. Technology use is also subject to regular discipline procedures as outlined in the Good Shepherd Student Handbook.
Students with Edmodo accounts will be expected to behave appropriately and follow all Code of Conduct rules, including the Good Shepherd Acceptable Use Policy for Technology. Because teachers can 'see' and moderate all student activity on Edmodo, they can quickly respond to students who break any such rules while using Edmodo. Appropriate discipline consequences apply, if the behavior warrants
Once students log on to their account, they can choose to be notified of new postings to Edmodo via email or text messaging. Parents should tell their children which option to select, especially if they do not want their child to use a particular method such as text messaging. If neither notification option is selected, the student can still use Edmodo effectively by simply logging on to Edmodo on a computer or through the free Edmodo apps. Note that students cannot text their teachers or classmates via Edmodo. They can only receive notification texts from Edmodo telling them that something has been posted to their Edmodo class.
Parents can also access their children's Edmodo accounts. Once a student has created a student account, a unique Parent Code will automatically be created for parents to use to create Parent Accounts which are linked to the specific student account. Since Parent Accounts do not join groups, a parent will not need a Group Code or a Group Join URL to sign up for an account. Once parents sign up for a Parent Account, any group that their child joins will be added to the Parent Account. Parents only need one Parent Account, as they can add multiple students to one Parent Account.
Good Shepherd has implemented "Google Apps for Education" for students, teachers, and administrative staff. All students will have accounts allowing for their documents and files to be stored online and accessible from home, school, and anywhere there is an Internet connection. These accounts can send and receive mail only from addresses within our Good Shepherd domain.
Students will have access to Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Email. Students will also have training on how to use Google Apps for Education. In addition, Good Shepherd will be creating email accounts for students in grades 3-8 to allow for collaborative sharing using Google Apps for Education. These accounts will be used at school for school related projects. Additionally, students may utilize their email address for signing up for collaborative Internet tools that may be used in the classroom.
Responsible Use Guidelines
Teachers will make every reasonable effort to monitor student conduct related to class content in order to maintain a positive learning environment. All participants will respect the teachers' time and professionalism by supporting the same positive approach.
In addition to the Terms and Conditions noted in this parent permission letter, students must comply with the Good Shepherd Acceptable Use Policy. Access to and use of the student's Google account is considered a privilege. Good Shepherd maintains the right to terminate the access and use of their Google account when there is reason to believe that violations of law or school policies have occurred.
Good Shepherd cannot and does not guarantee the security of electronic files used in Google Apps for Education. Google does have a content filter, however, Good Shepherd cannot ensure that users will not be exposed to unsolicited information.