Acceptable Use Policy

Sunnyside School Technology Acceptable Use Policy

Guidelines for Technology Use

The use of technology is an integral part of learning at all CBE schools, as required by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Program of Studies. Electronic networkable devices and network access require teacher permission and supervision. Printing student work is permitted with staff permission. Students must respect intellectual property and adhere to copyright, software piracy and fair dealing laws associated with learning technologies.

Students are Encouraged to Use Technology to 

  • Access, critically assess and communicate information and understanding 
  • Seek alternative viewpoints 
  • Collaborate during inquiry 
  • Construct personal knowledge and meaning 
  • Demonstrate understandings 
  • Organize and manipulate data Interact with others

The Following Activities are Inappropriate for Students 

  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures 
  • Using obscene language 
  • Harassing, insulting or attacking others 
  • Intentionally damaging computer equipment or the network 
  • Violating copyright laws 
  • Hacking 
  • Using other people’s folders, work or files 
  • Allowing others to use your account.
  • Trespassing into other people’s folders, work or files 
  • Intentionally destroying other people’s work 
  • Employing the CBE network for commercial purposes 
  • Using electronic media for plagiarizing 
  • Storing and using information for cheating 
  • Intentionally wasting system technology on non-teacher-approved activities such as:
  • Playing games
  • Participating in non-teacher-directed “chat”
  • Participating in online gambling or other gaming activities
  • Downloading software or restricted files (e.g. Exe, Zip, mp3)
  • Installing software on any school computer
  • Excessive or inappropriate printing

Prohibited Sites Include 

  • Vulgar or lewd depiction of the human body 
  • Any content publicly labelled for adults 
  • Violent acts 
  • On-line gambling 
  • Sites that encourage the use of illicit or illegal drugs, tobacco, or alcohol Sites that advocating violence or hatred against an identifiable group.i.e. race, religion, gender, disabilities, age, colour, sexual orientation, etc. 
  • Sites promoting criminal activity

Violation of the CBE Policy

Each situation is dealt with on an individual basis and breach of policy may result in:

  • Restriction or loss of computer privileges
  • School based disciplinary consequences
  • Police intervention and/or legal action

Safety & Risk Awareness

Teachers are responsible for ensuring that students remain safe as they use the internet in CBE schools. This in turn requires that teachers become aware of potential risks to students as they use the Internet.

To ensure student safety when accessing the internet teachers will: 

  • Provide clear guidelines for internet use 
  • Communicate strategies with students for effective use of internet
  • Provide direct and constant supervision when students are accessing internet 
  • Identify, note and report problems of inappropriate or unacceptable internet access by student(s) 
  • Require that students must first use the reliable databases (as first choice for information) that are provided through your school library and Alberta Education

Fundamentals of Effective Technology Use

Communicating, inquiring, decision making and problem solving are about the ability to use a variety of processes to critically assess information, manage inquiry, solve problems, do research and communicate with a variety of audiences. Students are expected to apply their knowledge and skills in real-life situations.

Foundational operations, knowledge and concepts is about understanding the nature and affect of technology, the moral and ethical use of technology, mass media in a digitized context, ergonomic and safety issues, and basic computer, telecommunication and multimedia technology operations.

Processes for productivity is about the knowledge and skills required to use a variety of basic productivity tools and techniques — for example: text composition; data organization; graphical, audio and multimedia composition and manipulation; media and process integration; and electronic communication, navigation and collaboration through electronic means.

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