Parents

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West Catholic strongly encourages the integration and use of technology in all courses by both teachers and students. We strive to meet and exceed all national and state standards.  ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) (link is external) standards are met within in technology classes and throughout the building to prepare all students to use technology seamlessly in their education so that they are prepared for the future.

In addition to teaching digital citizenship throughout our curriculum, West Catholic enforces a strict code of conduct in dealing with all usage of technology, electronic transmissions, and all digital content. To review West Catholic’s technology policies and procedures, open the Policies / Documentation section below.

At West Catholic we see technology as an integral part of teaching our students how to use technology in appropriate and effective manner as part of their studies.

As a parent myself I am concerned, like many parents, about the amount of time that my son might be online as well as what he might be accessing while online
Understanding these concerns, we work very hard to make sure that our students are provided access to great technology while also making sure that our students stay safe online.


Some of the ways that we do so include:

Our teachers are expected to have guidelines for students using iPads in their classrooms, and many use a program called Apple Classroom that helps guide students through a lesson, allows teachers to see student progress, and keep them on track. Teachers can also easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time, or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.

Great teaching is what we strive for in using technology, however, not automated teaching.  There isn’t any reason to fear your student is spending their entire day on a screen. The classroom of today is not so different from the classroom you learned in.  Just like in the past, our great teachers use the best tools, technological or not, to seek great results from our students.

To further ensure our students make the best use of their iPad, each student iPad is limited to apps that have been approved and can be downloaded from Self Service, our curated set of apps.  There are no games or social media apps, and students do not have access to the App Store. These limitations make sure that the tablet is used as a learning tool, rather than being a tool for fun and socializing.

Furthermore, the internet on your student’s iPad is monitored and secured 24/7 by iBoss, so students searching the web at home are just as protected as if they were at school.  Private browsing is also blocked from students and they are not allowed to delete their internet history from the device.  

Additionally, if a student attempts to seek inappropriate site a red flag is raised that notifies school administrators for further discussion/discipline and possible counseling on the acceptable use of technology.

All of these protections help to ensure that your son or daughter is able to learn how to use technology in a manner that is appropriate while also enhancing their ability to create, learn, and be a digital citizen. 

As we all know, all technology can be used positively or negatively even with protections in place. In the coming months, I’ll be offering some tips on how parents can make sure that their son/daughter is able to use technology safely and positively, both inside and outside of school.


Jeff Bailey
Instructional Technology Specialist
jeffbailey@grwestcatholic.org




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