What is Google Apps for Education?
Google Apps for Education is a web based suite of services that provide email, word-processing, calendaring, research, and collaboration tools for students in Grades 4 through 7 and staff in District 33C.
Why is District 33C providing this resource to students?
Google Apps for Education provides tools to District 33C staff that assist in authentically teaching students to appropriately use technology for communication and collaboration with both teachers and peers. Google Apps for Education also supports anywhere, anytime learning, and helps reduce the digital divide by minimizing the hardware and software requirements needed to use the tools.
Which programs will students be able to access?
District 33C's Google Apps for Education may include Gmail, Calendar, and Docs among others. Each school may adjust the availability and range of services as needed.
Who can my child email and can I access the contents of their email account?
Student email accounts established in District 33C's Google Apps for Education domain are both filtered for content and restricted by sender and recipient. Students may only exchange email with other District 33C’s students and District 33C Staff. Student email accounts should not be used to send or receive email from email users on the internet at large.
Students' Google logins and passwords will be distributed to students by the classroom teacher. Parents may obtain their students' logins and passwords by asking their students.
How will my child access the Google Apps for Education tools?
Google Apps for Education may be accessed by any internet connected device capable of running a World Wide Web browser; however, different devices support different capabilities. At school, students will access Google Apps for Education using a PC or Chromebook computer. Outside of school, students may use a computer, a tablet device, or even a mobile phone to access their Google Apps for Education account and resources.
How will Google Apps for Education be used in my child's school?
Google Apps for Education aligns with national standards for technology integration, common core state standards, and the District Strategic Plan. At the district level, the curriculum department will define any district requirements involving Google Apps for Education, but each school will individually decide the implementation details of Google Apps for Education for the individual school setting.
What happens if students misuse their Google Accounts?
All technology use, including the use of Google Apps for Education accounts, is regulated under District 33C's technology and discipline policies and procedures. Student access to technology is granted for educational purposes only. Students who misuse their accounts will be referred to the building principal who will deal with the infraction on a case by case basis.
What do I do if my device is lost, damaged or stolen?
If a student’s device appears defective or fails to operate properly, the student is to inform the teacher who will contact the library. A help desk ticket will be opened and the device will either be repaired or a loaner device will be issued for the student to use during the remainder of the school day or until the student’s original device is repaired and returned.
The District will not charge a student for the repair of a device due to system failure or normal wear and tear. Should a device be clearly broken or intentionally damaged by action of the student, the District may charge the student the cost of repair, up to and including the replacement cost of a new device. The Dean may be involved in this process.
What is my student's responsibility?
All students must use the District-issued device and may not bring another to school for use in class. Students are required to care for their device as if it were their own property, being careful not to damage the device. The device is property of the school district and is not to be shared. It is your student's personal device for school.
Students are solely responsible for the device issued to them and must adhere to the following:
- Students must treat their device with care and never leave it in an unattended or unsecured location.
- Students may not remove or deface serial numbers, asset tags or any District applied identification.
- Students may not change the physical appearance of their device in any way, including keyboard, screen covers, shell or casing.
- Students are strictly prohibited from installing or running any non-native operating system on their device.
- Students must care for their device, keep it clean and not deface it in any way. This includes writing on the computer shell, stickers, and decals.
Students are also expected to exhibit good digital citizenship by engaging in responsible and respectful online behavior.