The Board of Education seeks to maintain a safe and secure environment for students and staff. Advances in technology have made it possible to expand the learning environment beyond traditional classroom boundaries. Using personal electronic devices during instructional time can enable students to explore new concepts, personalize their learning experience and expand their global learning opportunities. Additionally, the use of personal technology devices is ubiquitous in today’s society and standards for student use during non-instructional time should adapt to this change. This policy defines the use of personal technology during instructional and non-instructional times and reinforces the standard that all use, regardless of its purpose, must follow the guidelines outlined in the Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), the District’s Code of Conduct, and the Dignity for All Students Act.
Personal technology includes all existing and emerging technology devices that can take photographs; record or play audio or video; input text; upload and download media; connect to or receive information from the internet; and transmit or receive messages, telephone calls or images. Examples of personal technology includes, but are not limited to, iPods and MP3 players; iPad, Nook, Kindle, and other tablet PCs; laptop and netbook computers; personal digital assistants (PDAs), cell phones and smart phones such as BlackBerry, iPhone, or Droid, as well as any device with similar capabilities. Unacceptable devices shall include, but are not limited to, gaming devices or consoles, laser pointers, modems or routers, and televisions unless approved by the instructor.
As part of this policy, the district will provide wireless capabilities in the FFCSD to allow staff and student owned devices to be used in a classroom setting to support instruction and learning. With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices in the classroom to access, interact and save information from the Internet, communicate with other learners and use productivity tools to create assignments/projects or take classroom assessment
Access to the Internet is provided via the FFCSD wireless local area network. To be granted access, students must confirm they accept the Terms and Conditions of the FFCSD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) must be signed by all student users. By accepting the Terms and Conditions, users will be expected to uphold the contents of the AUP as well as the Student Code of Conduct on their student-owned devices while on District property. Additionally, in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), FFCSD will filter all content for users connected to the FFCSD network.
The FFCSD, or any employee of the District, is not liable or responsible for any theft, damage or loss of any non-district device or the information on any such device. It is the responsibility of the owner of the device to ensure that the device is safe and secure.
COMMUNICATION/DATA PLAN FEES:
FFCSD is not responsible for any fees associated with using any personal technology devices. All fees and charges related to texting or Internet use on any student-owned device is the sole responsibility of the owner.
COMMON GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Each classroom teacher will choose whether or not mobile devices will be used within their classroom each day. Depending on the specific instruction planned for that period mobile devices may or may not be used. Each teacher will be responsible for communicating expectations of mobile device usage regarding their classroom.
- Upon entering the classroom, all mobile devices being used in the classroom must be MUTED and on SILENT mode. Vibrate mode is not acceptable as it could cause interruptions within the classroom.
- Students will place all handheld devices being used face down on top of the table or desk in clear view. Students choosing not to use their device must have it put away and MUTED and in SILENT mode. Devices not on table tops will not be used for any purpose during that class period.
- Recording audio, video or photographic images without the subjects permission is not allowed in any area of the school. These actions alone can be a violation of state and federal law. Distributing such recordings or images can lead to further legal ramifications.
VIOLATION OF POLICY
Anyone violating this policy or the guidelines set by the instructor in charge of the class may result in the confiscation of the device and/or the loss of the privilege to bring their own electronic device to school.
Do I need to have anti-virus software on my laptop?
Yes, you are required to have up to date virus software before bringing your device(s) onto school property. FFCSD will not provide antivirus solutions for personal devices. If your device is found to be non-compliant FFCSD reserves the right to disconnect your device from the network.
Do I have to register my device with the school
No, you are responsible for your own device. However, it is completely up to the Administration or classroom teacher(s) as to whether you can use your technology in the classroom and use can change on a daily basis.
How will I know if I can use technology in each of my classrooms?
Each of your classroom teachers will instruct you if and when you can use your own device in the classroom
Can I access Facebook or other social media sites on my device?
Access to the wireless network on your personal device should be treated the same as connecting to the wired network. It is important that you remember that even though you are using your own device you must still comply with the District Acceptable Use Policy. Any effort to circumvent the district content filtering system could result in a loss of district technology use.
Can I use my device in all my classes?
Device use will be determined by your classroom instructor. Each instructor is responsible for the classroom environment and will share their expectations to the classroom.
How do I save my work?
As with the school computers you save your work and submit work with your Google Drive and Gmail accounts. You can also use a flash drive or create a dropbox cloud storage account.
How do I print from my own device?
As of now, printing will not be allowed from student devices. If you need to print you may save to your Google Drive and print from one of the school print stations. If you instructor allows it, you may be able to email them your work.
What do I do if my device is damaged or stolen?
It is the responsibility of the owner to keep his/her personal device safe and secure. Any time there is theft or damage, you should notify your teacher and/or administrator. The District, including any of its employees, is not responsible for theft, loss, or damage of your personal device.
Will I be able to charge my battery at school?
As of this time, there are no charging facilities dedicated to charging personal devices, and there are limited amount of outlets available for charging. It is recommended that students make sure their device is charged before coming to school each day.
I have a data plan from my current phone carrier can I use that instead of the FFCSD wireless network?
Students should not access the internet through any cellular data provider while within the district without the prior approval of your teacher or administrator.
Am I still held accountable for the FFCSD Student Technology AUP that I signed at the beginning of the year?
Yes, your signed AUP remains in effect even when you are using your own laptop, smartphone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc. Each time you attempt to access the network at school, you are expected to abide to the Terms and conditions of the FFCSD AUP.
The guidelines and conditions outlined in this policy in no way limit the school district’s prerogative to manage its technology systems as it sees fit, or restrict its authority to take any actions it deems necessary to adequately supervise, protect, and, if necessary, discipline its users. The district reserves the right to revise this policy at any time, and all revisions will take effect immediately as per district governance.