Technology Guide, Parent

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Technology at CAJ[edit]

In order to achieve the technology vision at CAJ our technology curriculum will be integrated throughout the school. Rather than discrete computer classes as part of the elementary and middle school program computer and technology skills will be taught in our various classes. Teachers use the Google Suite and Google Classroom platform to teach computer and technology skills as their students work on various projects.

Elementary School: Computer and technology education in the elementary school uses the integrated model. Teachers, supported by a technology integration specialist, integrate computer and technology projects in their classes including class blogs. Elementary students are given access to Google Drive from 2nd grade. Students receive instructions on how to create documents and slide presentations for classroom use. All students in a class have the same password until fifth grade when students will gain access to email and are required to create their own password. Parents are strongly encouraged to regularly check their child’s email. If you have questions or concerns please contact the elementary principal.

Middle School: Middle school teachers provide technology instruction in their regular classrooms, and this instruction is supported by exploratory digital tools classes.

High School: High school teachers provide technology instruction in their regular classrooms. However, there are no general computer classes in high school. Computer and technology electives are available such as video production, digital photography, graphic arts, robotics, and yearbook.

Please feel free to contact your principal or any member of the technology team with questions or concerns: Nate Rudd -team leader

Parent Guide for Computers, Phones, and Electronic Devices[edit]

The following list is a compilation from various sources and serve as recommendations.

  1. Have conversations about internet safety as soon as possible. Children can benefit from monitoring and accountability programs, but some teens know how to get around them. Smart phone use and safety should also be carefully considered.
  2. Ask questions: Who are they communicating with? What websites did they visit? What will you need to use the computer for tonight? (It’s a good idea to review what the child is doing for homework each night anyway, and how much time he/she estimates each assignment or project will take or he/she intends to spend on it. Computer use can be part of the same conversation).
  3. Establish rules about when, where, how much, and why the computer may be use. A template for creating a contract can be effective for many kids, but STICK TO IT! This may need to be revised as a child gets older, and it should be developed together, jointly deciding on rewards and consequences, and kept in an obvious place (near the computer.)
  4. Keep the computer in a central, monitored place – comment on the positive use of computer as well as “nagging.” Many experts recommend children not be allowed to have a computer in their bedroom or other private areas. Don't forget smart phones and other digital devices are also direct connections to the online world. Experts also advise restricting use when responsible adults are not home.
  5. A computer is not a “right,” but a privilege. Family rules are appropriate: time limits, purpose, how to behave ethically and responsibly, how to decide who gets to use it when there is conflict.
  6. Make sure their FB account is set on “private” not “public”
  7. Make sure they know to never post personal information (phone number, address, Social Security number, etc.) on their profile
  8. Never share passwords with friends
  9. Remind kids that the computer “remembers” what has been posted ad it is trackable. They should use the same language they would use face to face. Deleting an entry seldom means it is gone from the entire Internet.
  10. Remind kids that they can’t assume people online are who they say they are.
  11. Try to stay educated. You don’t have to be an expert, but you shouldn’t be naïve or get frustrated and give up.
  12. Be a role model! How are we using our time?

It is appropriate as a parent to monitor and guide a child’s behavior. Spot-checking is healthy and does not have to be an indicator of a lack of trust or seen as a punishment, but rather shows appropriate parental concern for your child's well being.

CAJ Resources[edit]

Please contact us if you would like assistance with a specific problem or finding a resource to assist you with teaching and monitoring your child's appropriate use of technology. Monitoring and accountability solutions are constantly evolving and we are committed to investigating and offering advice about options. Nate Rudd, team leader
See also:

Additional Resources[edit]

Good places to start for information include:

  • Common Sense Media - Common Sense has a wide range of best practice materials and well researched information available for parents.
  • iRules CAJ's library has multiple copies of the iRules text, and they have a template for creating a contract between parents and children to encourage responsible technology use.