Digital Technology

POLICY 1.13


DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY


RATIONALE

Students need to be confident and capable users of Digital Technology and be able to select appropriate digital tools to enhance and support learning appropriate to their ability level.


PURPOSES

  • To ensure that all learners have the opportunity to become digitally capable individuals.
  • To promote the use of Digital Technology across all curriculum areas and achievement levels.
  • To implement Digital Technology as a learning tool to support carefully selected pedagogical approaches.
  • To enhance communication and connection with our whanau and wider community.
  • To promote honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour when using digital technologies.
  • To provide opportunities to access the curriculum by providing assistive technology to support specific learning needs.
  • To ensure maintenance and purchasing of Digital Technology is maximised.


GUIDELINES

  1. Any personal devices (including tablets and cellphones) cannot be brought to school without express permission from the principal.
  2. All students will have access and opportunity to use the school’s digital technology resources.
  3. Digital technology experiences will be planned, purposeful and reflect sound learning theory and practise.
  4. Staff will be supported and assisted when developing the capacity to integrate technology into classroom programmes.
  5. Cybersafey will be continually discussed in an ongoing need based way and as part of ‘Keeping Ourselves Safe’ topics and other personal safety programmes at school.
  6. All users of digital technology will be required to sign a correct use and safety agreement.
  7. The school website will provide up to date school information.
  8. Students work may be shared online with their families through platforms such as Google Drive and Seesaw.


Approved: 04/18

Review By: 11/20

POLICY 1.13.1


DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES FOR CYBERSAFE PRACTICES


  1. The school’s cybersafety practices are based on information in the latest version of the NetSafe® Kit for Schools, which is endorsed by the New Zealand Ministry of Education as best practice for New Zealand schools.
  2. No individual may use the school Internet facilities and school-owned/leased Digital Technology devices/equipment in any circumstances unless the appropriate use agreement has been signed and returned to the school. Use agreements also apply to the use of privately-owned/leased Digital Technology devices/equipment on the school site, or at/for any school-related activity, regardless of its location.
  3. Patumahoe School use agreements will cover all board employees, all students (including adult and community), and any other individuals authorised to make use of the school internet facilities and Digital Technology devices and equipment, such as teacher trainees, external tutors and providers, contractors, and other special visitors to the school.
  4. The use agreements are also an educative tool and should be used as a resource for the professional development of staff.
  5. Use of the Internet and the Digital Technology devices/equipment by staff, students and other approved users at Patumahoe School is to be limited to educational, professional development, and personal usage appropriate in the school environment, as defined in individual use agreements.
  6. Signed use agreements will be filed in a secure place, and an appropriate system devised which facilitates confirmation that particular individuals are authorised to make use of the internet and Digital Technology devices/equipment.
  7. The school has the right to monitor, access and review all use. This includes personal emails sent and received on the school’s computers and network facilities at all times.
  8. The school has the right to audit at anytime any material on equipment that is owned or leased by the school. The school may also request permission to audit privately owned Digital Technology devices/equipment used on the school site or at any school related activity.
  9. Issues relating to confidentiality, such as sighting student or staff information, reasons for collecting data and the secure storage of personal details and information (including images) will be subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993.
  10. The safety of children is of paramount concern. Any apparent breach of cybersafety will be taken seriously. The response to individual incidents will follow the procedures developed as part of the school’s cybersafety practices. In serious incidents, advice will be sought from an appropriate source, such NetSafe, the New Zealand School Trustees Association and/or a lawyer with specialist knowledge in this area. There will be special attention paid to the need for specific procedures regarding the gathering of evidence in potentially serious cases. If illegal material or activities are suspected, the matter may need to be reported to the relevant law enforcement agency.
  11. Educating students and the school community about the safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies.
  12. Regular review of cybersafe policies.


POLICY 1.13.2


DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY USE AND SAFETY STUDENT AGREEMENT


I UNDERSTAND THAT:

  • I cannot use school Digital Technology equipment until my parent(s) and I have signed my Digital Technology and internet use agreement form and the completed form has been returned to school.
  • The only purpose for school computers and other information technology resources is to support teaching and classroom learning.
  • The school will do it’s best to keep me safe while using global information systems such as the internet.
  • I must not, at any time, use the internet, email, mobile phones or and Digital Technology equipment to be mean, rude, offensive, or to bully, harass, or in any way anyone else connected to our school, or the school itself, even if it is meant as a ‘joke’.
  • I am forbidden to pass on such material by copying, storing or printing it.
  • I can only go online or access the internet at school when a teacher gives permission and an adult is present.
  • Only school devices may be used without permission from the Principal.
  • School staff and administrators have complete access to student log ins for monitoring purposes. Students can expect no privacy use of Google Apps at school or at home. Student work can only be viewed and accessed within our own Patumahoe School Google Apps Domain.

I UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO:

Take care of Computer and Technology equipment:

  • I will be careful with equipment and furniture.
  • I will respect the copyrights on software and music.
  • I will use only school software on school computers.

Be considerate of other users:

  • I will share available equipment.
  • I will take care not to scan or display graphics, record or play sounds, or type messages, which could cause offence to others.
  • I will tell the teacher straight away if I accidentally come across any material that would not be allowed at school.

Be responsible for privacy and security:

  • I will not give anyone on the internet information about myself or anyone else-this includes address, phone number, photograph or credit card information.
  • I will ask the teacher before connecting any device (such as a USB drive, camera, or phone) or run any software to school Digital Technology.
  • I will tell the teacher if I come across a virus or other problem.
  • I will not use school accounts for the purpose of social media.
  • I will not access any other students accounts.


STUDENT

I have read this agreement with my family and I know the importance of the school rules for the use of Digital Technology equipment and the Internet. I know that if I break these rules, I may lose the right to use a school computer and the school may take other disciplinary action against me, which could include banning me from using any Digital Technology equipment.

Name (Printed)

Signature

Date


PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

  • I have read this agreement and understand that my child is responsible for using school equipment and the internet as outlined in this agreement.
  • I have gone through the agreement with my child and explained its importance and that there may be serious consequences for breaking the Agreement.
  • I understand while the school will do its best to restrict student access to offensive, dangerous, inappropriate at school or illegal material on the internet or through email, it is the responsibility of my child to have no involvement in such material.
  • I give my permission for my child to be given access at school to global information systems and Apps e.g the internet or mathletics.

Name (Printed)

Signature

Date


Please Note: This agreement for your child will remain in force as long as he/she is enrolled at this school. If it becomes necessary to add/amend any information or rule, parents will be advised in writing.


POLICY 1.13.3


DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY STUDENT PUBLICATIONS GUIDELINES FOR PUBLICATION OF STUDENT IMAGES AND WORK


  1. The school may publish student material on its own website, blogs and New Zealand based websites endorsed by the Ministry of Education
  2. The school publishes material to promote the school to the wider community and educate the student on the role of technology in society
  3. The school acknowledges that it cannot control who accesses the websites on which students images or material is published or the copying, by visitors to the websites, of images of the students and their work.
  4. The school will only identify students by their name and year at school. Students’ home addresses’, and telephone numbers will not be available on websites or blogs.
  5. Parents/Caregivers permission will be obtained for their child’s work/images to be made available for publication. A record will be kept on the school management system of parental response.
  6. The school will not publish material online that may defame anyone, be objectionable from a human rights point of view, be obscene, or infringe the copyright of third parties.
  7. The school has a designated Digital Technology staff member who is available to answer any queries from parents or students about the operation of the school’s policy for the online publication of students work.