Technology

Technology Acceptable Use Guidelines for Teachers and Students

http://www.gpsk12.org/gps-district-wide/technology/acceptable-use-guidelines

Best Practice Strategies for Storing and Sharing Student Data

  1. Don't store student data on flash drives. They are easy to lose and could put the data at risk.
  2. Be careful about storing student data on your cell phone and laptop.
  3. If you lose a flash drive, cell phone or laptop, make sure to tell your supervisor so that the District can take appropriate actions in response.
  4. Don't send student data to anyone that doesn't have a legitimate educational need for it. This is especially true of anyone not working for the Greenfield Public Schools
  5. Even with other GPS employees, only send the data that is needed to the people who need it.
  6. Be careful about putting student data into emails because those emails could be an educational record. Keep in mind that parents and others can read the emails if they ask to see them.
  7. Don't store student data online on cloud services provided by Dropbox or your personal Google account. If you need to store student data in a cloud service, use your district Google Drive.
  8. Even when you use your district Google Drive, make sure that the sharing permissions on the document, sheet, or folder are locked down as tightly as they can be. If you need help with how to share documents, visit https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2494822?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

Technology Integration in the Common Core Standards

Just as teachers and students use a variety of digital media and technology in their classrooms on a daily basis, the Common Core standards weave technology and media use into the standards for both ELA (English Language Arts) and Mathematics at every grade level. For more information, the following two documents list specific ELA and Math standards that harness technology for student learning.

Technology Integration in ELA Common Core Standards (Word format)

Technology Integration-Math Common Core Content Standards (Word format)

District Technology Plan (2017-20, DRAFT-PDF)


Inexpensive Ways to Connect to the Internet

  • CheapInternet.com – links to broadband internet plans created by public-private partnerships
  • EveryoneOn.org is a non-profit that provides assistance to families in need of free or low-cost Internet access ( $10.00 a month unlimited wireless 4G Internet through national program). The organization partners with local internet service provides in 48 states and Washington, D.C. Low-cost, refurbished tablets and computers are also available through EveryoneOn.org.
  • FCC Announcement - FCC blog announcing several Federal initiatives to help provide hardware and software to students.
  • FCC Lifeline Program. The program provides significantly mobile and fixed broadband Internet access. Costs are low, but do appear to be variable. You can learn more about program eligibility and find service providers at Lifelinesupport.org
  • Internet Essentials – $9.95 a month connection from Comcast
  • Time Warner – $14.99 a month Internet -only plan

Utility Discounts

  • masslegalhelp.org provides guidance for low-income families to take advantage of discounts in utilities including telephone, gas, and electric.

Guides to Educational Technology

  • Text is not a 4-Letter Word (Word format). This document discusses several digital tools and resources to make text accessible to readers of all ages and abilities.
  • New Teacher Training-Introduction to District Technology
  • Unpacking the New Science Standards with Educational Technology, MassCUE presentation by Carol S. Holzberg, PhD, CETL, Director of Technology, Greenfield Public Schools and Beth Dichter, Technology Integration Teacher, Springfield Public Schools (10/19/18). Resource page highlights include links to NGSS standards, readings, podcasts, videos, digital apps, instructional strategies, simulations, animations, and computer science https://goo.gl/JfnMsP

Submit a Trouble Ticket

The best way to get an IT problem resolved is to submit a Technology Trouble Ticket.

Use a different computer to submit a ticket if computer or device is out of commission

Go to

http://help.gpsk12.org/

Click Submit a new ticket

Submit a New Ticket

Enter detailed information about the problem on the form, including any error message that you see.

Click submit.