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Technology Equipment and Internet Use Agreement

Technology Equipment

This refers to desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, iPads, Playaways®, digital cameras, printers, scanners, and any other electronic devices used in schools. For the purposes of this agreement, "technology" or "equipment" refers to any such device, including the use of a school computer.

Internet Use

The internet is used for many purposes in education. A variety of resources are available online, including textbooks, subscription databases, educational websites, video streaming, and school and public library catalogs. These resources make it possible for students and teachers to participate in collaborative projects, online quizzes and tests, high quality research, discussion groups, and many other activities.

Privileges

The use of technology equipment, district networks, and the internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges, and may result in disciplinary and/or legal action.

Academic Integrity

Principled behavior and academic integrity are expected of all students. Plagiarism is defined as taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as your own. This is dishonest and unethical. Cheating, falsification, unauthorized collaboration, plagiarism, forgery, or theft can result in failing grades, suspension, or legal action.

Privacy

Since technology equipment, the district network, and internet access are provided and maintained by the district for appropriate educational use, privacy is not assumed. Technicians, teachers, and other district personnel have the right to view material on district equipment and monitor activity on the network. Here is a good rule to follow: never view, send, or write anything you would not want to share with your teacher, the principal, and your parents.

Use of Computer Labs

Computer lab rules are as follows: 1) No food, drinks or gum! (Remember, chewing gum is not allowed anywhere, anytime.) 2) Work only at the computer assigned to you by the teacher, 3) Do not touch the computer screens, move cords or cables, remove stickers or labels from computers, or change computer settings, 4) Before you exit, quit all programs and save your work to my.sandi.net, your flash drive, Edmodo, MOODLE, or some other external space (files left on the computer are erased by the security program), and 5) Leave your area clean and ready for the next class.

Technology Use Agreement - As a responsible, principled Roosevelt student, I will:

  • Use the technology and internet for schoolwork ONLY. Viewing, sharing, or downloading inappropriate material or software may result in loss of privileges, suspension, or other disciplinary action, including legal action.

  • Notify my teacher whenever I come across digital content that is inappropriate, dangerous, threatening, or makes me feel uncomfortable. Although the district has an internet safety plan in place, I know it is my responsibility to use the technology for educational purposes.

  • Tell my teacher if I have identified or know about a security problem or availability of inappropriate material, and will do so without discussing it with other students.

  • Comply with copyright laws and respect the intellectual property rights of others. I will not plagiarize content of any kind from the internet, other students, or anyone else, and understand that all work submitted must be entirely my own.

  • Act ethically in regards to the work of others, including accessing another person's account, computer, portable drive, or other storage device without his/her consent or knowledge. This is considered hacking and is prohibited at all times.

  • Keep personal and confidential usernames and passwords secure.

  • Show respect for property and keep equipment safe. I am subject to disciplinary and/or legal action in cases of vandalism, negligence, or tampering. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

o defacing or damaging equipment with writing, scratches, foods, liquids, or stickers

o disconnecting or moving wires or cables

o damaging mice or keyboards

o changing settings or functions of the computer or other technology

o leaving items unattended, unlocked, or in a place where they can be damaged or stolen

o hacking into the system or downloading any kind of malware or computer virus

Note: Students who owe money for damage to school property (including but not limited to technology hardware) have the option of paying for those debts with money, or by providing service to the school instead of paying for the debts with money.

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