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MHS Parent Training (Long Version)

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Tracey Waid

on 2 July 2013

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Transcript of MHS Parent Training (Long Version)

Macbook Orientation for Parents
Mooresville High School
Why Us? Why Now?
Mission of the NC State Board of Education:
Every public school student will graduate from high school globally competitive for work or post-secondary education and prepared for life in the 21st century.

Today's learners have grown up in a digital world. They have cell phones, computers, multi-dimensional video entertainment, iPods, the Internet and they have never seen a TV without a remote control. Our children are hyper communicators, goal planners, multi-taskers, experts at figuring out and using technology and they are active learners.
Because it's the right thing
Engaging these students and making education relevant is critical.....for our schools to continue to effectively and fully prepare the citizens and leaders of tomorrow.
Hardware & Features
Hardware & Features
*Students use the Internet only for educational and research purposes.
*Teachers monitor student internet use in class
*Students are not allowed "free time" to search the internet.
*Students receive training on use of laptop and internet safety.
*Monthly common sense media lessons and themes can be found here....... (http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=896310)
Internet Safety at School
Internet Safety Guidelines
1. Never give out personal information
2. Never use parents' credit card online
3. Never share passwords with anyone
4. Never arrange a face-to-face meeting
5. Don't open an e-mail if you don't know who sent it.
6. Don't click on banner ads or pop up ads on websites
7. Never use bad language or send threatening e-mail.
School Internet Filtering
Server-based filtering software:

*Filtering software installed on MGSD web server to block social media and other sites.
*Filters websites based on content key words
*Can block specific web sites upon request.
Tips for Parents
Social Media
Parents should monitor social media use even though it is blocked by MGSD filters because many students access it via SmartPhone
*Be aware of which social media sites your students use (Twitter, Vine, Facebook, SnapChat,Tumblr, etc.) and monitor their postings
*Talk with your kids about their permanent digital footprint
*Be alert to any cyber-bullying and notify school immediately if it involves another student
*Parents should ask and know student's personal username and password for social media sites
Responsible Use Policy
*Follow all copyright laws (Music Piracy)
*Use appropriate language online
*Students will make available all messages or files upon administrator or teacher request.
*Just like a textbook or a locker, MGSD owns the laptop. Students are permitted to use it for educational advancement.
*Administrators have the capability to remotely view student computers.
What is prohibited?
*Bypassing the filter
*using another student's user name or password
*sharing passwords
*downloading or installing
*tampering with the hardware
*chat rooms, instant messaging, social networking sites, hosting non-school approved web pages.
What is prohibited?
Inappropriate material:
*Materials that are unacceptable in a school setting.
*Pornographic, obscene, graphically violent, vulgar
*Music, sounds, language, videos or other materials.
*Do not download or transfer through an external drive.
Features of the machine:
2.3 pounds!
11.6” screen
no moving parts inside the machine
2 usb ports
50 GB of storage space
students should have a back-up storage device (flashdrive)
no cd drives
Aluminum case
Home Internet Use
Parents should set and enforce rules for internet and phone use.
*Have a computer in a common room (not in a bedroom with the door closed!)
*Time limit on the internet, instant messaging, social networking sites, online gaming, etc.
*Parents should ask and know student's personal username and password.
*Parents should have access to students' e-mail
*To check history:
Firefox-History-Show All History
Safari-Bookmarks, Show All History
*If history is empty ask why!
Laptop Care
*Use the school-issued bookbag
*Walk with lid closed, never open
*Keep laptop away from food crumbs and drinks; laptops not allowed for use during lunch
*Do not leave laptop unattended, especially in a car
*Usage fee does not cover lost or stolen chargers, so keeps yours secure.
*Students will have a unique Google MGSD email address to use for the Google Tools suite
*Google Mail - students are restricted to mailing each other and faculty, which is no different than Angel.
*Google Sites - sharing digital portfolios out on the Internet means copyright and privacy are of utmost importance
Google Tools
Do you know what your kids are doing online?
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