Technology at School
It is our intent that students who progress through the Edina Public Schools school system leave as positive digital citizens. Information below outlines how Edina Public Schools works to achieve this goal in the school setting. As always, education is a partnership between our community, staff, and students. Please take a moment to review our “Technology at Home" resources as well.
Edina Public Schools believes technology is both a tool and a catalyst for excellence in education. We aim to: unleash students’ passion to be lifelong learners; empower and enhance excellent teaching; engage families in a partnership for education; and provide superior service, operation, and productivity.
Providing students with early opportunities to learn proper use and etiquette as it relates to technology in parallel with their classroom experience better prepares our students for their future.
What does the eLearning2 learning initiative look like?
Students in grades K-2 work on shared iPads and/or Chromebooks in the classroom. Teachers work with students in understanding how to use the device and what we use devices for at school.
Students in grades 3-5: each classroom has their own Chromebook cart. Teachers work with students in understanding how to use the device and what we use the device for at school. Chromebooks are managed by the district and are only accessible using an Edina provided account. The district provides tools for teachers to monitor students work on these devices. Student browsing history is retained and available for school staff to review.
Students in grades 6-12 utilize devices (personal or district owned) at teacher discretion. Content is accessed via Schoology. Students utilize Edina Apps to create and collaborate. Students are able to complete and turn in assignments electronically. Digital Citizenship lessons are included in our Advisory Curriculum as well as our Middle School Skills course. Edina High School media staff provides large group instruction and collaborates with student leadership to reinforce Digital Citizenship topics.
All Edina Public Schools are currently Common Sense certified.
Online Acceptable Use Policy
Through the internet, students have access to a world of online resources and learning experiences. Parents/guardians must provide approval for their child(ren) to access internet resources at school, and students must agree to follow the district's Acceptable Use Policy (District Policy 634). Consent forms are required for families with students new to the district and for those with students entering grades 3, 6 and 10. This form is available on the portal.
According to the policy, "routine maintenance and monitoring of electronic technologies, including the district network, may lead to a discovery that a user had violated this policy, another school district policy, or the law." In addition, the district may find technology use that raises conern about a student's mental health or well-being. If such discoveries are made, the district may deem it necessary to nofity parents and/or school administration of their findings.
What tools are used to filter and monitor at school?
Edina Public Schools filters and monitors student use of technology according to CIPA, FERPA, and COPPA using a variety of tools including, but not limited to:
- GoGuardian: filtering on Edina provided accounts at both school and home.
- FortiNet: filtering of all devices connected to Edina networks at school.
- Google Admin Console: policies are applied to users, groups, and devices.