For teachers and students at Evergreen School, digital technology is a natural and essential part of their school experience. Our students use digital tools throughout the learning process; from the gathering and organizing of information, to the synthesis of that information, to the presentation of their learning to an audience. Our teachers are also making use of digital tools in a variety of ways; for the purposes of assessment; data collection; and to open up avenues to learning conversations.
It is our mission to help students to become safe, savvy, and responsible digital citizens from Kindergarten- grade 12 and into adulthood. We aim to help our students to communicate, function, and create change on local, national, and global levels, in ways that are responsible and respectful of others. The use of digital devices throughout the learning process, with teacher support and careful supervision, provides opportunities for students to practice digital citizenship in contexts that mirror real life.
All students at Evergreen School have access to a variety of digital tools in their daily learning. From desktop and laptop computers to iPads and SmartBoards, our students use technology to enhance and support their learning in various ways. A wireless student network for Internet access using student owned personal electronic devices (such as iPads, tablets, or laptop computers) is provided at Evergreen School. Students using personal devices, with the guidance of parents and teachers, will assist in supporting individual student learning preferences and needs.
Access to the wireless network is available to students on a voluntary basis. The wireless network is used as a tool to facilitate student learning and students are responsible for their behaviour and for using the network appropriately. All parents/guardians are encouraged to have a conversation with their child about the learning opportunities and potential risks associated with connecting to the Internet.
Be assured that the content filtering that is normally used to filter content on the school’s internal network will also be applied to the open access network.
As with any personal belonging that a student brings to school, the school cannot be responsible for electronic devices that are lost, stolen or damaged. Utilizing technology and accessing the wireless network is an opportunity for students to
personalize their learning by choosing with their parent’s which devices are most appropriate for their learning needs. For more information visit the following CBE website on the Technology for Learning page.
Please review the attached “Digital Citizenship Contract” with your child. It is intended to support families in discussing the ethical and purposeful use of technology at school and at home.
Evergreen Family Contract for Digital Citizenship
Please return this contract to your child’s teacher once you have reviewed it as a family.
When I use technology...
- I will treat others the way that I wish to be treated.
- I will keep in mind that my technology use affects others.
- I will be a good online citizen and not do anything that hurts other people or is against the law.
- I will remember that I need to balance technology use with other activities.
- I will tell my parents or a responsible adult right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
- I will not respond to any messages that are mean or that make me feel uncomfortable. If this happens, I will tell a responsible adult right away so that they can help me.
- I will treat digital tools (computers, iPods, cameras, etc.) with respect and care. I will let an adult know immediately if something is not working properly.
- I will check with an adult before downloading or installing software.
Students may bring personal devices (e.g. iPad, Netbook MP3 player, etc.) to school for use with the Wi-Fi. They are NOT required to do so.
Digital technologies provide powerful and alternative ways to learn. Students are expected to use technology in a manner that is respectful to themselves and others. We will be working with our young children to help them practice digital citizenship.
Acceptable Use Policy
What is an Acceptable Use policy?
An Admirable Use policy positively describes the ways in which we would like to see students and teachers using social media for learning.
- Do use our network to demonstrate your understanding of learning outcomes in creative and thoughtful ways.
- Do use our network to learn how to communicate in the same manner that will be asked of you when you graduate and emerge into the digital world of this century.
- Do use our network to share your achievements and excitement about learning with your parents.
- Do use our network to demonstrate what you really do know instead of what you don’t know.
- Do use our network to support self-paced and just-in-time learning. Learn as you need to and learn thoroughly.
- Do use our network to think critically and build information literacy skills.
- Do use our network to explore deep questions that you have in relation to learning and life.
- Do use our network to find rich and reliable sources of information that you will learn how to cite and share with others.
- Do use our network to learn and practice digital etiquette in a compassionate manner.
- Do use our network to have fair access to an electronic society so that you are ready to participate fully in it when you graduate from our educational system.
- Do use our network in a manner that will support your constantly growing understanding of new digital technologies. Learn how to learn anytime anywhere!
- Do use our network in a manner that protects your privacy, safety and freedom of thought. Be responsible for protecting the rights of others as well.
- Do use our network in a manner that protects your own health and wellness. The Internet is a fascinating place and so is the real world.