Guidance on Technology at Home

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March 26, 2020

 

Dear Creede School Families,

 

Anonymous once said, “When there is no WiFi, you might be about to have an adventure.”  Well, we are about to prove that person wrong in the coming weeks, and the administration wanted give some tips about our upcoming experience in regards to technology.  As always, we are here to help, and if you have any questions, please call the school.

With increased time on a device, you need to be aware that there will be new risks that your child will be facing.  The most important thing that you can do to protect your children is communicate with them the internet risks.  To communicate what your child needs to stay away from, you first must understand what is out there.  The next step is to set rules, guidelines, and contracts with your child concerning the use of technology.  Do not disclose personal information, post pictures on public sites, or chat with strangers.  Some ways you can protect your child is by implementing filtering technology, tracking web history, or using a monitoring technologies.  Please read together school policy JS, Student Use of the Internet and Electronic Communications. The greatest tool to help keep your child safe is actively monitoring what your child is working on.

We will be running most of our tools out of the Google platform.  Every student in the school has a Google account which will give them access to email, Classroom, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.  All of these services are cloud based, and you do not need to download any programs for these.  Just sign into Google and look for the “waffle” in the upper right hand corner and your child has access to all of these apps.  There is no need to save the items to the device, as all your child’s documents will be saved to Google Drive, which will be an app in your waffle.  Your teacher will be communicating about your child’s username and password.  Children fourth grade and up should already have this information.  If there are issues logging in, please contact the administration so we can get you the information you need.

Before your students get started, find a space that will work every day and will be able to keep their items.  This space should have enough area so that your child can work with a device and spread out their textbooks, papers, and supplies.  It is extremely important that this space is comfortable and properly lit, with a chair providing proper support.  Let them make the space their own.  The last area to focus on is keeping this space away from distractions of a high traffic area, in sight of a TV, or a cluttered area.

There will be an increased amount of technology use due to our new way of teaching.  So we ask that you take breaks for your child to play, go outside, and have discussions with the family.

 

Respectfully,

The Administration Team