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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.

Upper 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

1:1 Chromebook FAQs

What is a Chromebook?

Chromebooks are personal laptop computers that run on the Chrome Operating System. Chromebooks are designed to be used while connected to the Internet and support applications that reside on the Web, rather than traditional applications that reside on the machine itself.

What kind of software does a Chromebook run?

Chromebooks run millions of web-based applications, or web apps, that open right in the browser. You can access web apps by typing their URL into the address bar or by installing them instantly from the Chrome Web Store. Traditional software cannot be installed on a Chromebook.

Who will own the Chromebook?

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.

What devices can connect to a Chromebook?

  • USB devices such as storage, mice and keyboards
  • Bluetooth capable devices
  • microSD cards
  • External monitors or projectors
  • Headsets, earsets, microphone

Why did DC decide to go with Chromebooks?

  1. Quick boot time and instant on
  2. Full school day battery life (6.5+ hours)
  3. External ports for additional storage
  4. Full-size integrated keyboard for rigorous academic content creation
  5. Always up-to-date (no antivirus or system updates required)
  6. Easy to enroll and manage
  7. Easy to deploy apps
  8. Web is learning platform / focus on learning, not device
  9. Fully integrated with G Suite for Education
  10. Personalized for the end-user
  11. Easy browser interface with tab management for multi-tasking
  12. Low price point
  13. Durable and portable
  14. In-house screen and keyboard fixes possible
  15. Printing options with Google Cloud Print technology

Do Chromebooks come with Internet Filtering Software?

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.

Can a student bring in his/her own laptop or device to use?

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.

Will Chromebooks eliminate textbooks, including novels in English classes?

Initially, we anticipate using a blend of print and electronic media. As electronic textbooks become available we will evaluate their use and cost.

Contact Information

Mark Dixon
Head of Upper School
610-353-6522 x2219
mdixon@dccs.org

Jim Favino
Assistant Head of Upper School
610-353-6522 x2217
jfavino@dccs.org

Elizabeth Neal
Administrative Assistant
Upper School Office
610-353-6522 x2205
eneal@dccs.org

Kim O'Bryan
Upper School Office Assistant
Attendance
610-353-6522 x2287
kobryan@dccs.org