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Technology

Technology is integrated throughout the entire middle school curriculum. Students are equipped to use technology effectively, to use resources responsibly, to discern the ethical implications of actions, and to use technology as a tool to serve God and others.

  • School Google accounts are given to each student in our G Suite for Education program.
  • All middle school classrooms are equipped with ceiling-mounted lcd projectors and Smartboards.
  • Document cameras are in many classrooms.
  • Chromebook carts are available in each classroom for student use.
  • A designated computer lab is available for middle school classes.
  • Middle school students receive direct training in the use of computers and computer applications.
  • The library has eight computer workstations.
  • Online library resources such as research databases and the library catalog are accessible by students both at school and at home.
  • Students develop and display their technology skills in various student-led technology projects integrated into normal coursework.
  • Students have access to teacher pages using Moodle’s learning management system.
  • Students have access to gradebook and homework information using FACTS Family Online (formerly RenWeb).
  • Secured wifi over upgraded internet bandwidth has been deployed throughout the campus.

Middle School Technology Resources

G Suite for Education FAQs

What is G Suite for Education?

G Suite is a collection of free online applications. These applications do not reside on the computer, itself, but rather they are accessed through a web browser. This is considered working in the "cloud". The benefit of this structure allows flexibility in accessing documents and projects from ANY computer with Internet access. Staff and students can access their school documents from the lab, the classroom, the public library and even from home!

G Suite for Education is a special setup of the popular Google Apps, tailored specifically for educational institutions. For example, accounts are managed by the school district (and not by Google) and advertisements are all turned off.

Why G Suite at DC?

G Suite for Education is free.
G Suite is an excellent suite of powerful programs.
G Suite is constantly adding new features.
G Suite removes compatibility issues.
G Suite allows for anytime, anywhere access.
G Suite allows for collaboration and sharing.
Microsoft Office can still be used in conjunction with G Suite.
Many people, schools, and businesses already use G Suite.
DC faculty and staff use G Suite. 

What must I do to activate my G Suite account?

All Upper Campus students must electronically sign a G Suite for Education agreement found on FACTS (formerly RenWeb). Middle school student G Suite for Education accounts require both student and parent signatures.

Will student accounts be turned off during summer months or will account remain in place?

Accounts will remain active as long as the student is enrolled in DC. Accounts will be deleted 30 days after they leave the school (either through withdrawal or graduation).

Is the agreement form required annually?

No. Once that permission has been obtained, it remains in effect until the student leaves the school or the parent/guardian changes their mind and notifies the school in writing.

I have a personal Gmail account. Can I use that instead?

All school communication will be through the school issued G Suite for Education account. Teachers and administration will use the student’s school G Suite account to send email and share documents. It is expected that students will check this account daily.

Are there Advertisements on G Suite for Education like there are in Gmail?

No, All advertisements are turned off for schools using G Suite for Education. Google does not collect information from education users for use in advertising either.

Does G Suite for Education cost the school money? Do students have to pay anything?

No, Google offers its services free to all public schools and non-profits. Schools and students don’t have to pay anything.

What student information does Google have?

Google’s responsibility to protect user privacy is defined in the contract between Google and Delaware County Christian School.

Even though Google is not charging a fee for their services, they have contracted to provide online data storage and use of G Suite for Education and to keep all data confidential. Google also agrees not to use confidential information for any purpose related to Google Ads. All Google advertising is turned off for Google education domains by default.

Is student email safe?

Yes. All student email accounts are filtered to block mail from KNOWN sites with harmful or illegal content. Email sent and received from student accounts is archived and students are instructed that they have no expectation to privacy when using their school accounts.

Where else other than my home should I expect my student to have access to email and Google Apps?

Students will have access to email and G Suite for Education from any Internet connected device. This means that were your children to work on their homework at a friend’s house or at the library, they would still have access to their school work, teacher-shared resources and email.

What laws and policies is DC required to follow?

Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
The school is required by CIPA to have technology measures and policies in place that protect students from harmful materials including those that are obscene and pornographic. This means that student internet access is filtered. Websites containing harmful content from inappropriate sites will be blocked.
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CIPA - https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
COPPA applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. By default, Google advertising is turned off for G Suite for Education users. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes. 
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COPPA - https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions

Contact Information

Chuck Young
Head of Middle School
610-353-6522 x2291
cyoung@dccs.org

Chad Fenley
Assistant Head of Middle School
610-353-6522 x2277
cfenley@dccs.org

Gwen Peters
Administrative Assistant
Middle School Office
610-353-6522 x2275
gpeters@dccs.org