At Linsly, we believe that technology helps to foster higher level thinking skills while supporting different learning styles, creativity, and collaborative learning.
The Linsly School wants to ensure that students use their devices in positive, responsible manner. Guidelines are set at school and should be established at home as well. Resources will continuously be updated to help encourage communication between families and safe technology practices.
Why Bring Your Own Device at The Linsly School?
The Linsly School is dedicated to providing 21st Century instructions to all its students. We feel we must provide an environment that fosters and encourages the development of 21st Century skills. In a 21st Century learning environment, students actively engage in the integrated curriculum and have access to information and apply it to solve problems. Our students live in a world where they have immediate access to information anytime and anywhere. We must allow the students that have personally owned devices to use them to help them learn in their own style and at their own pace. We must better prepare our students for college or to face the new and every changing workforce. Beginning this school year, we have decided to change our 1:1 program and expand beyond iPads. Due to the careful process of evaluations and adjustments we made along the way, we are confident that this is the best educational decision for our students and will help us provide them with an enhanced learning experience. I am strongly recommending students bring Chromebooks but any Internet accessible device, other than a phone, is permitted for all grade levels.
Sending messages to any device during the school day is against our Mobile Device Policy.
The following steps will disable iMessage on an iPad:
Settings - Messages - slide off
Settings - General - Restrictions - Enable Restrictions
Select a 4-digit passcode *this cannot be recovered, if you forget this passcode the device will have to be wiped back to factory settings. Do not make it something your child would know*
Set any restrictions (such as disable FaceTime, in-app purchases, ratings for music, movies, game center, etc)
Select Accounts - Don't Allow Changes
Close out of Settings
Any additional questions about iPad settings, including other restrictions, iCloud, and App Store can be answered directly from Apple: Apple Support
Any additional support please feel free to contact Mrs. Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internet Safety at HomeAll parents know that the internet is a great way to stay up-to-date on the news, do research for school projects, and communicate with friends, but it can also be dangerous. As a parent, it is your responsibility to make sure that your child stays safe online. In order for this to happen you must know your way around a computer and the internet. A child should never know more than a parent does about the internet. At the very least, you should know about the same. If you are looking to block adult websites or websites that have offensive language, it will not do you any good if your child knows ways to get around the parental controls that you set. That is why it is important that you know how to use a computer and the internet or learn if you don’t know.
The following external websites can help set guidelines for Internet Safety:
Google Safety Center
Attorney General Guidelines for Safety
In addition, parents and children should have a contract for utilizing technology at home just as the students have a policy for using technolgy here at The Linsly School.