DC is committed to preparing students to be effective users and communicators of information, and literate, responsible citizens in a global economy. We view technology as a pedagogical tool that should not only help achieve those ends, but also increase collaboration, strengthen community, and improve critical thinking. DC teachers lead students in thinking biblically about how Christians should participate in the use and creation of technology.
- Students are issued a Chromebook for use during the school year as part of our 1:1 initiative. Parents will be charged a yearly rental fee.
- School Google accounts are given to each student in our G Suite for Education program.
- Classrooms have ceiling-mounted lcd or interactive projectors and/or Smartboards.
- Document cameras are in many classrooms.
- A designated computer lab is available for Upper School classes.
- 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.
- What is G Suite for Education?
- Why G Suite at DC?
- What must I do to activate my G Suite account?
- Will student accounts be turned off during summer months or will account remain in place?
- Is the agreement form required annually?
- I have a personal Gmail account. Can I use that instead?
- Are there Advertisements on G Suite for Education like there are in Gmail?
- Does G Suite for Education cost the school money? Do students have to pay anything?
- What student information does Google have?
- Is student email safe?
- Where else other than my home should I expect my student to have access to email and Google Apps?
- What laws and policies is DC required to follow?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
COPPA - https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions
- What is a Chromebook?
- What kind of software does a Chromebook run?
- Who will own the Chromebook?
- What devices can connect to a Chromebook?
- Why did DC decide to go with Chromebooks?
- Do Chromebooks come with Internet Filtering Software?
- Can a student bring in his/her own laptop or device to use?
- Will Chromebooks eliminate textbooks, including novels in English classes?
Chromebooks are property of Delaware County Christian School. DC will issue a Chromebook to each Upper School student. A student’s right of possession and use is limited to and conditioned upon full and complete compliance with the following:
- Completion of Student Orientation Training Session (held during the school day)
- Submission of signed Student/Parent Chromebook Agreement
- Submission of signed Student G Suite for Education agreement
- Adherence to DC’s Acceptable Use Policy
Each Chromebook is managed by Delaware County Christian School through DC’s G Suite for Education Account.
- Quick boot time and instant on
- Full school day battery life (6.5+ hours)
- External ports for additional storage
- Full-size integrated keyboard for rigorous academic content creation
- Always up-to-date (no antivirus or system updates required)
- Easy to enroll and manage
- Easy to deploy apps
- Web is learning platform / focus on learning, not device
- Fully integrated with G Suite for Education
- Personalized for the end-user
- Easy browser interface with tab management for multi-tasking
- Low price point
- Durable and portable
- In-house screen and keyboard fixes possible
- Printing options with Google Cloud Print technology
DC provides internet filtering both when the Chromebooks are used on the school internet connection and when the Chromebooks are used offsite. Filter policies are different when connecting offsite. It is the family’s responsibility to monitor the student use of the internet outside the school setting.
The school-issued Chromebook is the required 1:1 device. It will allow a common platform for teachers to plan lessons and allow us to monitor student use at school and push out applications that students will use for coursework. In addition, we do not allow personally-owned devices access to our wireless network.