• Technology and Digital Learning 

    Electronic Devices
    All students are provided iPads as learning tools for all grade levels, K - 6. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you regarding specific classroom procedures and expectations. Filtered and monitored internet access is provided when the student connects to our wireless network. If students bring a mobile device to school, the school is not responsible for loss, damage, or theft.

    Students using personal electronic equipment during the day without teacher permission may lose possession of the item, and parents may be asked to pick the item up in the school office. Personal electronic devices such as laser pointers, electronic games and devices are not allowed at school.
     
    Responsible Digital Citizenship: Being a responsible citizen in our schools, communities and the digital world requires responsibilities adapted for a changing world. We embrace the following conditions of being a digital citizen:
    • Respect yourself. I will select names that are appropriate. I will consider the information and images I post online.
    • Protect yourself. I will protect my personal details, contact details or a schedule of my activities.
    • Respect others. I will NOT use technology to bully or tease other people.
    • Protect others. I will protect myself and others by reporting abuse, and not forwarding inappropriate or hurtful materials or communications.
    • Respect & protect intellectual property. I will suitably use and cite and all content use intellectual property (websites, books, media, software, etc.) according to the copyright or creative commons licensing.
    Access to Eden Prairie Schools’ owned technology is a privilege and not a right. At any point access to devices, internet and the like can be revoked.

    Student Digital Responsibility: As listed below, but not limited to:

    Personal Safety
    Do not send any message that includes your personal information such as: home address, personal phone numbers and/or last name for yourself or any other person. Do not send information regarding your schedule (where you are/will be, timing, dates, etc.).

    Password Protection
    Never share your password, steal or use another person’s password. If a password is lost or compromised the student or teacher should call the technology helpdesk. A technology support specialist will help resolve the password issue.

    Privacy
    Students and families need to know that files stored on school computers are not private. Network and Internet access is provided as a tool for educational purposes only. Eden Prairie Schools (EPS) has the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store at any time, without prior notice, any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access including transmitted and received information. All information files are the property of EPS and no user shall have any expectations of privacy regarding such files.

    Online Etiquette
    Follow the guidelines of accepted behaviors within your schools’ handbook. Use appropriate language and graphics. Swearing, vulgarities, suggestive, obscene, belligerent, harassing, threatening or abusive language of any kind is not acceptable. Do not use this device to make, distribute or redistribute jokes, stories, to bully anyone, or pass along obscene material or material which is based on slurs or stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion or sexual orientation.

    Blogging and/or Podcasting
    Use of blogs, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools are considered an extension of the classroom. Whether at home, or in school, any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is also inappropriate in all uses of blogs, podcasts or other Web 2.0 tools.

    Plagiarism/Copyright/Licensing
    Plagiarism is the act of using someone else’s words or ideas as your own. Students are required to give proper credit to all Internet sources used in academic assignments, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music and text. Plagiarism of Internet resources will be treated in the same manner as any other incidences of plagiarism, as stated in your school’s handbook. In addition, students must adhere to the copyright laws of the United States (P.L 94-553) and the Congressional Guidelines that delineate it regarding software, authorship and copying information. All students should also adhere to the Creative Commons licenses where the author/artist denotes what media may be shared, remixed or reused.

    Proxies
    The use of anonymous proxies to get around content filtering is strictly prohibited and is a direct violation of this agreement.

    Accessing/Posting Inappropriate Material
    Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning or displaying materials (including photos of students and staff) that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, sexually suggestive, threatening, discriminatory, harassing and/or illegal is a violation of this agreement.

    Photos and Video
    Students are not to take pictures or videos of staff or students without staff permission. Any student use of cameras in Eden Prairie Schools should be part of a class or club activity. Unapproved camera use is a violation of this agreement.
     
    Malicious Use/Vandalism
    Any malicious use, disruption or harm to the school unit's technology, networks and Internet services, including but not limited to hacking activities and creation/uploading of computer viruses, is a violation of this agreement.

    No student shall obtain or try to obtain other students’ accounts, files, and/or data. Students are NOT to remove or attempt to remove or circumvent the management system or modify the operating system and software installed on each iPad. Using or possessing hacking software is a violation of this agreement. Students who attempt to hack or “jailbreak” any EPS iPad will be in violation of this agreement.

    Tech Support
    If technical difficulties arise with the iPad, or non-conforming content is discovered, the iPad will be restored by Tech staff. If the Technology staff needs to restore the iPad, the District is not responsible for the loss of content put on the iPad by the student.
     

    Information Regarding the iPad in Eden Prairie Schools

    iPad General Precautions
    • Students should come to school each day with a charged iPad.
    • The iPad is Eden Prairie Schools’ property.
    • The iPad must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not issued and placed onto the device by EPS staff.
    • Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the iPad to prevent damage.
    • Never expose an iPad to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, or prolonged periods of time in rooms that are not at a normal room temperature.
    • iPads must be kept in a secure location at all times; it is the student’s responsibility to know where their iPad is at all times. For students taking devices home, Do NOT leave unsupervised, or lend to friends or family members outside of your home. During times when the iPad is not needed, place the iPad in a secure location within the classroom.
    iPad Cases
    Acknowledging the importance of a protective case for the iPad, Eden Prairie Schools invested in purchasing protective cases for all of the iPads. iPads need to be in the EPS issued protective case.
    • The iPad should ALWAYS be in its protective case.
    • For students taking devices home, the iPad should be charged (EPS provides a charger) and brought to school ready to use each day.
    • Do NOT place your iPad in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy or sharp objects.
    iPad Screen & Cleaning
    The screens are sensitive to pressure and therefore can be damaged; they are scratch resistant, not scratch proof.

    • The screens are made of glass and can either break or shatter.
    • Do NOT use liquids to clean the iPad. This includes, but is not limited to: window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives.
    • PLEASE USE: A soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.
    iPad Care
    • Only labels or stickers approved and placed onto the iPad by EPS staff are acceptable.
    • Never leave an iPad unattended. It is your responsibility to keep your iPad stored in a safe, secure, temperature appropriate space.
    • Do NOT dismantle or attempt to repair the internal workings of the iPad or the iPad case.
    • If your iPad is not working take your iPad to the Media Center as soon as possible and have EPS technology support specialist examine it. If your iPad needs to be worked on for an extended period of time, you will be issued a temporary iPad until yours is working properly.

    Earphones
    Eden Prairie Schools did not purchase earphones, earphones are requested as part of the K-6 Elementary Supply List.
    • Earphones shall not be used within or on school property unless a teacher specifically requests or allows students to do so.
    • If allowed to use earphones, the appropriate level is when only the person wearing the earphones can hear the sound.
    Storing Documents
    There will be limited storage on the device and academic files take priority over personal. Several backup options exist to cloud storage or personal computers. Students should backup their files.

    Applications and Content
    Students, with the support and permission of parents may install apps or other content having an educational purpose on their iPad. Applications or content that does not have an educational purpose and is disruptive to the educational process or at home will be removed from the device.

    Student Discipline
    If a student violates any part of the above policy, he/she will be subject to disciplinary action. The disciplinary action for a violation will range from the student needing to check his or her iPad in and out of school each day for a period of time, to having all iPad privileges revoked.

    In instances where the student has put his/her own safety or the safety of others at risk (i.e. bullying), iPad privileges will be revoked immediately.
     

    iPad Statement of Responsibility for Parent/Guardian and Student

    We understand that instances of damage, destruction, or loss of the assigned iPad. These instances will be dealt with on a case-by case basis. Incidents of gross negligence or repeated incidents may result in financial restitution from the family, up to the cost of the entire device if warranted. If the device is damaged beyond repair or lost the cost of replacement is $400.00. Samples of approximate repair and replacement cost of individual parts are listed below. If there is damage that can be repaired the student will be charged for the actual cost of repair.

    • Replacement iPad - $400
    • iPad Brick - $13
    • iPad Cable - $7
    • iPad Glass Damage - $100
    • iPad Case Replacement - $32