Our school has a wireless network that students can utilize. This means that students can bring their own personal devices (laptops, phones and other devices etc.) to connect to the internet for their school work. Learn more about bringing your wwn device to school (BYOD) on our Technology Tools page.
With this ability comes a new level of responsibility and understanding. Our students’ safety in an online environment is of utmost importance to us and learning how to be a good Digital Citizen will increase your child’s awareness and understanding of the power and perils of the Internet but will undoubtedly enhance their learning opportunities. Students will be completing several Digital Citizenship activities and learning tasks in all classes, which we believe will better equip them to make the best use of this new opportunity in a safe and respectful manner. This learning will be ongoing. Sites that are currently blocked in our school will remain blocked on a student's own device.
The use of personal devices in school will be at the discretion of our staff members at all times.
The use of our school wireless network will be leverage our students’ abilities to:
- Access, critically assess and communicate information and understanding
- Seek alternative viewpoints
- Collaborate during inquiry
- Personalize their learning
- Construct personal knowledge and meaning
- Personalize their understanding
- Organize and manipulate data
- Interact with other learners
Students will need to utilize their Google Drive folder, D2L storage lockers or purchase and use a USB device to transfer files to the school network. No software will be provided to students. School classes may utilize software applications that the student does not have on their device.
The following activities are prohibited and will be addressed on an individual basis as needed:
- Use of someone else’s CBE account or access to access to CBE wireless
- Sharing of usernames and passwords for other people to use
- Sending, posting, displaying or using obscene language/messages or pictures or information about oneself or others
- Harassing, insulting or attacking another person or their reputation
- Viewing websites through a proxy server
- Plagiarism of online content
- Tampering with any computer accessories, hardware or software
- Use of technology or accessing sites not approved by staff
- Trespassing in other’s folders, work areas or files
- Utilizing another student’s device without permission
- Photographing and/or recording of teachers and students without permission
The following sites are prohibited from use:
- Vulgar or lewd depictions of the human body
- Any adult content
- Violent acts
- Sites that encourage the use of illicit or illegal substances
- Sites that advocate hatred or violence against an identifiable group
- Sites promoting criminal activity
Our expectation is that our students will become educated and responsible Digital Citizens. If however, students breach any of the above, each situation will be dealt with on an individual basis and may result in:
- Restriction or loss of technology privileges
- Restriction of use of or confiscation of personal device
- School based disciplinary consequences such as suspension: and/or
- Police intervention and/or legal action
Lastly, it is important that parents/guardians and students remember the following:
- The school is not responsible for the loss, damage, or theft of student electronic devices.
- The school is not able to provide technical support for student devices.
- Devices can only be utilized when students are under the direct supervision of a teacher in an approved area of the school.
- Devices can only be utilized for educational purposes.
- Misuse will be determined by the staff and administration.
We view Digital Citizenship as a shared responsibility between students, their families and the school. We appreciate families taking time to discuss this opportunity with their children and supporting the work of the school in moving it forward.
**Please be advised that any confiscated phones or digital equipment will be placed in the school safe and will only be returned at the end of the school day.
Over the last number of years,
student cell phone and/or electronic device usage in schools has increased
dramatically. Although schools recognize the convenience and need
families may feel around children being in possession of these devices, they
are proving to be a major source of disruption to student learning.
McKenzie Highlands staff has
developed a policy that we believe meets the needs of families but also
supports teachers in delivering quality instruction and helps students to learn
how to most responsibly use their electronic devices. This policy applies
to cell phones, all electronic devices, and includes the usage of wireless
Please visit our Cell Phone page under Code of Conduct for more information.