Technology is taught as part of the greater learning process.
All technology applications are focused on some aspect of discovery, expression, presentation, problem solving, and/or communication.
Our students use technology resources to investigate and report on specific subjects in a variety of the core classes. Examples include Level 5 conducting research on the fifty states and writing reports, Level 8 learning to use Excel to chart scientific data, and Level 4 starting keyboarding practice.
HRS is expanding the use of assistive technology in our curriculum. This includes text-to-speech that will read any data available online; speech-to-text which will allow students to compose text by speaking; grammar and spelling checkers; and screen capture (both still and moving). These tools are intended to expand the potential for literacy and expression. Uses will continue to be refined and developed as we learn of and test an expanding array of tools.
To learn more about the HRS curriculum, visit our curriculum webpage.
- Technology Privacy Statement
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Smart Phone/Personal Device Policy
- Third Party Tools and Services
Hamlin Robinson School has a strict policy against the inappropriate use of computers which is set forth in detail in the Family Handbook. Cyber-bullying (the use of electronic or wireless devices to harass, intimidate or bully) will not be tolerated. While on the HRS network, the school has the ability to access a computer remotely to view the content saved on a student’s computer. HRS reserves the right to search a student’s computer files/accounts when necessary to determine whether the student has violated the law or HRS rules. All network traffic is logged by HRS and can be monitored and reviewed for appropriate use. Remote access to student computers will be used if necessary to determine whether a student has violated the law or HRS rules. Remote access does not include the use of microphones or web camera to view the area in front of a computer, or to hear sounds in the area of a computer.
HRS technology devices come equipped with a built in microphone and web camera that are used by students and teachers for a variety of educational activities. These devices cannot be deactivated or removed from the computer. HRS restricts the use of web cameras and microphones to educational and/or troubleshooting purposes only. HRS does not use these devices to view, or listen, to students on or off campus under any circumstances.
HRS cannot and will not access a web camera or microphone when the computer is not on the HRS network. Since a computer may be logged onto the HRS network only when it is on campus, HRS has no ability to access the computer remotely when it is with the student at home, on vacation, or anywhere outside the HRS campus.
HRS utilizes JAMF Casper suite to troubleshoot faulty computers.
The JAMF Casper suite is used to report on a variety of activities including application installations, updates, system specifications, hardware configuration changes, application usage (number of hours used), system
restarts and significant changes in the file system. This “audit” information, including the IP address of the individual computer, is sent to a Casper data server on a timed schedule (approximately once an hour). At no time is personal or private information sent to the Casper data server. The JAMF Casper suite cannot be used by the school to listen to sounds in the area of a computer or to view the area around the computer. Its sole purpose is to provide HRS with needed information about the computer network.
Hamlin Robinson School makes internet access available to students. Students are expected to use HRS computers and the internet responsibly and for school-related purposes only. As a condition for accessing the internet, students understand and agree with the following:
- Use of the internet is a privilege. If any of the “conditions of use” are violated then the privilege may be taken away by school teachers or administrators, and other consequences may follow.
- Use of the internet is for school-related purposes only.
Administrators will decide what constitutes violation of internet policies. Violations include, but are not limited to:
- Transmission, creation of or deliberate access to obscene, indecent, harassing, defamatory or otherwise offensive material in any form.
- Access to any personal information page (e.g., Facebook or Twitter).
- Any deliberate attempt to harm or destroy data.
- Unauthorized installation, storage, or distribution of copyrighted software or files.
- Violation of policies or federal and state laws.
School administrators have the right to review any material received, sent, viewed, or stored on computers, including websites and emails. Administrators can edit or remove any material believed to be unlawful, obscene, indecent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.
- Students are prohibited from giving out personal information such as their name, picture, telephone number, or home address while using the internet at school.
- Hamlin Robinson School does not warrant the function of the internet service will meet any specific requirements students may have, or internet service will be error-free or uninterrupted.
- All other related student policies are applicable.
Smart devices include, but are not limited to; smart phones, cell phones, smart watches, computers, laptops, netbooks, game consoles, digital cameras, camcorders, and voice recorders. Use of such devices includes, but is not limited to; voice calls, texting, social networking, taking, sending or posting photos or videos, instant messaging, and emailing.
In the interest of maintaining a quality academic program and the right to an uninterrupted and focused day, HRS regulates the use of these devices. Parents/guardians who need to communicate with their student during the school day should call or email the front office.
HRS expects appropriate and responsible use of all devices (both personally-owned and school-owned). Devices may be used only with permission and under supervision of a staff member at all times when on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities. This includes after school programs.
Any device brought from home and not being used for academic needs must be stored in the OFF (not silent) position in the student locker. HRS is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items brought from home, including devices confiscated by staff members.
If a staff member notes inappropriate and/or unauthorized use of a device, the staff member may confiscate it. If there are grounds for believing this is a legal issue, the device will be placed into an envelope and sealed, with the student’s name, date, time, and signature of staff member who confiscated the device. In this case, the device will be turned over to law enforcement.
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