At North Summit School District we believe people accomplish more when they are involved and informed. The purpose of education is to prepare students to be productive and caring adults. Within this context, we believe that technology is a tool for learning that expands our instructional repertoire and is the vehicle that maximizes the capacity of all teachers and students. It is the vision of North Summit that students be engaged in a stimulating academic environment and a challenging curriculum that is student-centered and focused on inquiry-based learning.
Specifically, we envision that technology is available and effectively supported for all students and staff:
- To provide global access to information
- To meet the curricular needs of all students
- To provide access to the general curriculum
- To refine critical thinking skills and foster creativity
- To provide a medium for expression and communication
- To collect, assess, and share performance information
- To improve the effectiveness of administrative tasks
- To provide skills and proficiencies necessary for the workforce
Students, parents and educators will use communication and information technologies to enhance and expand the traditional role of education in the North Summit Community. We believe the basic goal of education has not changed, that is to prepare our students for life-long learning and success in a changing society. However, the tools and instructional methods to achieve these goals have advanced dramatically. Technologies such as computers, networks, and wide area communications offer tremendous opportunities to students and educators as a way to improve life within our community and a link to a world outside of North Summit. North Summit has the responsibility for developing curriculum and applying instructional methods enriched with technology and in ensuring that our students and teachers are proficient users of these new technologies.
Technology offers students an avenue to succeed as citizens in a global society in which information is growing at an incredible rate. Technology can improve communication, enhance critical thinking, makes instruction more efficient and effective, and develop life skills critical to success.
All students with access to state-of-art information technology, which will assist them in:
- Becoming proficient in reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking
- Being prepared for the next level of education
- Successfully attaining the skills and proficiencies required of today’s work force.
Understanding and using technology will be an integral part virtually every aspect of daily life. It is the school system’s responsibility to prepare students for this future. The classroom is the primary place where this preparation will occur; therefore, every classroom must be equipped with diverse technologies to support teaching and learning. Every teacher must be knowledgeable and skilled in the use of these technologies in daily instruction. When integrated into instruction, technology will support new strategies for teaching and learning by:
- Addressing diverse learning styles,
- Accommodating individual learning rates
- Encouraging cooperative learning
- Helping students accept responsibility for their learning
- Providing the means to communicate globally, and
- Improving academic achievement in all areas.
Over the past few years at North Summit School District, we have been able to implement personal laptops to all high school students, and are hoping to be able to extend this to middle school students as well. We are able to provide personal IPads to all 7th and 8th grade students. This means that laptops or IPads are used solely by each individual student. They will transport the laptops to their classes, as well as home, to help them with homework. We have also been able to provide carts of IPads for each classroom. This allows younger students access to technology without the responsibility that the older students have with their personal Ipads and laptops.
The following levels of access will be provided:
1 Classroom Accounts
Elementary age students will be granted Internet access only through a classroom account. Elementary students may be provided with an individual account under special circumstances at the request of their teacher and with the approval of their parent. An agreement will only be required for an individual account, which must be signed by the student and his or her parent. Parents may specifically request that their child(ren) not be provided access through the classroom account by notifying the District in writing (or whatever procedure the District uses for other permission).
2 Individual Accounts for students
Secondary students may be provided with individual Internet accounts. Secondary students will have remote access to the system. A written agreement will be required for an individual account. The student and his or her parent must sign this agreement.
3 Individual Accounts for District Employees
District employees will be provided with an individual account and will have remote access to the system. No written agreement will be required.
Our District Policy EDA regarding Child Internet Protection states:
Students’ access to the internet through District computer networks or systems or be means of devices owned by the District shall be regulated by filtering software or other measures which prevent students from accessing images which are obscene or pornographic or harmful to minors. Student online activity shall be monitored and specified staff shall have responsibility for supervision of student online activities. In addition, students shall be educated by appropriate staff members regarding appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals through chat rooms or social networking websites and cyber-bullying awareness and response. Utah Admin. Rules R277-495-4.E,C(4) (April 7, 2014)
The filtering software North Summit School District currently uses is called iBoss.
Parental Notification and Responsibility
The District will notify the parents about the District network and the policies governing its use. Parents must sign an agreement to allow their student to have an individual account. Parents may request alternative activities for their child(ren) that does not require Internet access.
Parents have the right at any time to investigate the contents of their child(ren)’s e- mail files. Parents have the right to request the termination of their child(ren)’s individual account at any time.
The District Internet Use Policy contains restrictions on accessing inappropriate material and student use will be supervised. However, there is a wide range of material available on the Internet, some of which may not be in accordance with the particular set of values held by an individual student’s family. The District will encourage parents to specify to their child(ren) what material is and is not acceptable for their child(ren) to access through the District system.
Parents are responsible for monitoring their student’s use when they are accessing the system from home.
You can read Policy EDA, in full here.