The GPS Digital Toolbox
GPS has prioritized a list of 15-20 Power Applications for each grade band (elementary, middle and high school). These applications have been prioritized for district-wide professional learning and support based on their demonstrated positive impact on teaching and learning in the classroom. They include both free and paid applications. The remainder of the Digital Toolbox is comprised of standard applications, utility applications (applications with limited functionality that take a few minutes to learn), on-line textbooks/content databases, and on-line assessment applications.
Key Definitions (Possible terms and categories that a district might incorporate)
AUP - Also known as the district's Acceptable Use Policy. This document covers the expectation and use of technology and related internet resources for students in the district. Please take some time to explore this link to the document.
Web 2.0 - This is a term that is referred to describing websites that allow for user interaction. They are not just a one way street that are only providers of information, but a two way interactive street allowing the user to also create and produce.
District Approved Site from AUP - This is a website that is approved for use in a district through the AUP. It is either purchased or subscribed to by the school system as support for curriculum and infrastructure. The district AUP allows for student use. Parents should be aware of the AUP.
District Approved Site with Parent Permission from Registration - This is a website that is approved for use in a school district and requires parent permission. This permission is granted when registering a child. This specific item is highlighted in the registration form online.
District Pilot Site... Parent Permission from student class is needed - This is a website that is being piloted in the district or it has been determined through the vetting process that additional permission is need. In this case teachers will send home an addition permission form that is to be filled out and kept on file in the teacher's classroom.
Privacy - Often referred to as Privacy Statement, this is a statement by the website stating what information they will share.
Other Key Points
It is important to note there are two types of interactive websites. These include those that require a student log in and account and those that do not. The sites that do not require log in (example... Google Search Engine) are not all specified and could be used in the classroom. When using such a site students must remember to not use personal identifying information.
The other type of site that require a student account are listed in the DTB. In some cases this account is made by the school system or teacher and in other cases it will be made by the parent. Ones to be created by a parent state so in the description. In regards to this type of website, we ask that the student limit their information to their name. An exception would be sites that are District Approved Sites from AUP which is defined in DTB.
Please note that Web 2.0 Tools and Apps are part of an ever growing list and will include future web tools as they are vetted and approved by the district. It is also encourage that parents to also go through their own vetting process at home as their children sign up for websites to use.
Web 2.0 sites generally require information on students to provide them login credentials. Typical is first name, last name, email address, password. Below might be one way a district uses to provide that information.
Grades K-5 [students under 13]
First Name = actual first name Last Name = last name initial then secondary student identification [Grad Yr + 5 digit random number] Example: c452200001 Password = See your teacher.
First Name = actual first name Last Name = actual last name Password = locker combination
Disclaimer: Although every effort was made to check on the legality of use with district students, something may have been overlooked resulting in the status changing. In addition, website policies may also dictate a change of status.