“The Belvidere School District strongly believes that 1:1 classrooms enhance the educational experience for a child. Technology integration increases a student's ability to stay engaged, stay organized, and allows for greater opportunities of collaboration between peers and outside experts.” Beginning in the fall of 2018, the fourth and fifth grade classrooms across the district will be 1:1 classrooms. This tool will help our students grow and access new resources that could not exist without Chromebooks. It is important that students are prepared to use this valuable device. Similar to a pencil, headsets or earbuds will now be required. You can purchase these online or at any department store with an electronics department. They are also available at the Dollar Store. Additionally, some students are more comfortable using a mouse. Please discuss this with your child as they are welcome to bring a mouse to school. Finally, during the summer months the district will be hosting a Chromebook bootcamp to help the incoming 4th and 5th-grade students prepare for the coming year. Please look for the scheduled dates in early May.
Digital Citizenship refers to a person who uses the internet to engage in school work, politics, online social networking, or other forms of communication. Our goal as a district is to teach our students to understand how to stay safe online.
The Family Online Safety Institute recommends seven steps to good digital parenting.
1. Talk with your children
a. Talk early and often
b. Be open and direct
2. Educate yourself
Search online for anything you do not understand. Try out the apps, games, and sites for yourself
3. Use Parental Controls
a. Use the safety settings in your operating system (ask someone if you unfamiliar with these settings.)
b. Monitor your children’s uses and their screen time
4. Set Ground Rules and Apply Sanctions
a. Sign a family safety contract (see example attached)
b. Set time and place limits
c. Follow-through with sanctions when necessary
5. Friend and Follow but do not stalk
a. Friend your children on social media
b. Respect their online space and do not over do it.
6. Explore, Share, and Celebrate
a. Take advantage of new ways to communicate
b. Learn from them and have fun
7. Be a Good Digital Role Model
a. Model great online behavior
b. Know when to unplug
Credit: Family Online Safety Institute: https://www.fosi.org/
January Edition--Parental Controls on Home WiFi
One of the most frequent questions we receive in the Technology department is “How do I limit what my child does on their Chromebook at home.”
The most effective way to do this is by using the parental controls on your wifi router. Depending on your brand of router, you can set time limits for you child, restrict what websites they access, and monitor their activity. All routers are different, so we have provided some links below to guide you in setting up some of these features.