Welcome to Ms. Erna’s Technology Lab online! This website is for students of her technology class as well as for their parents. It will serve as an online bulletin board to share interesting links, useful information for students and parents. It will occasionally post student work.
In the Technology Lab, all students will learn to be a true 21st Century digital citizen. They will use technology as a tool to improve their communication skills. Some computer programs your child may be using in class include Intellitools, Microsoft Word, iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband. In addition to the desktop computers, your child will have access to iPads, digital cameras and the Smartboard. We use many online resources for instruction especially Google Drive, RAZ Kids Discovery Education, BrainPopJr., and Worldbook Online.
You can contact us at PS255TechLab AT gmail.com
The following is information from the NYC Department of Education’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy:
Web Pages: The Department’s Web page policy is as follows:
A) Student Information
Each school must obtain written parental consent prior to the disclosure of student information or student work on any Department Web page. Student information includes name, address, school name, grade, class, photograph, writing or other creative work, or any other student educational record.
B) Web Page Requirements
i) The provisions of this Internet Acceptable Use Policy will govern material placed on the Web.
ii) Web Pages shall not:
a) Contain personal contact information about students beyond that permitted by the school, district and parent.
b) Display photographs, videos or other images of any identifiable individual, other than a historical or public figure, without a signed release. Releases for students under the age of 18 must be signed by their parent or lawful guardian.
c) Contain copyrighted or trademarked material belonging to others unless written permission to display such material has been obtained from the owner. There will be no assumption that the publication of copyrighted material on a web site is within the fair use exemption.
d) Contain web links to or advertisements for profit-making entities, such as publishers or other consumer goods purveyors, unless the site being linked to is predominantly instructional in nature (such as museum sites, encyclopedias, national parks, aquariums, literary organizations, etc.). Notwithstanding the forgoing, districts and schools may not directly benefit financially from any such entities linked to on their web pages.
e) Display for promotional purposes, the logo or other commercial insignia of the vendor that created the web page.
iii) Material placed on the web site is expected to meet academic standards of proper spelling, grammar and accuracy of information.
iv) A student may have a copyright interest in material he or she has created and places on a web page covered by this Policy. Placing the material on the web page will not transfer the copyright interest to the Department. But students and parents should be aware that placing material on a web page may affect a copyright interest by giving other users access to the material. A Department employee will not have a copyright interest in material he or she has created and places on a web page covered by this Policy.
v) All web pages should include a notice that the web page may contain copyrighted material and that visitors may not download any such material without the prior consent and approval of the copyright owner.
vi) All Web pages should have a link at the bottom of the page that will help users find their way to the appropriate home page.
vii) Users should retain a back-up copy of their Web pages.
viii) Each district and each school may host one (1) web site on official New York City Department of Education web servers, but this is not a requirement. However, all district, school, teacher, staff, student, extracurricular organization and central office web sites not hosted by the Department may do so only if they register with the Department’s Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT). This ensures that in the event of hacking or any other violations of this policy that come to the Department’s attention, DIIT can contact the appropriate parties. This requirement will also make it possible for Office of Legal Services to review the contracts between the district/school and the third party vendors that provide the hosting service to ensure that such contracts comply with the terms set forth in this policy.
|C) District and Superintendent (“District(s)”) Web Pages i) Material appropriate for placement on the District web pages includes: District information, school information, teacher or class information, student projects, and student extracurricular organization information. Personal, non-educationally-related information should not be allowed on District web pages.
ii) District Superintendents will designate a District Web Publisher, responsible for maintaining the official District web page and monitoring all District web activity. The Web Publisher will develop style and content guidelines for official District and school web page materials in accordance with the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT)/Office of Web Services (OWS) Policy, Procedures and Guidelines. The Web Publisher will also develop procedures for the placement and removal of such material. All official District and school material originating from the District posted on the District or a school Web page must be approved through a process established by the District Web Publisher. The District’s procedures may require approval of school web page material at either the district or school level.
|D) School Web PagesThe building principal will designate a School Web Publisher, responsible for managing the school Web page and monitoring class, teacher, student, and extracurricular web pages subject to district procedures. All official material originating from the school must be consistent with the style and content guidelines developed by the School Web Publisher and approved through a process established by the School Web Publisher. The school Web Publisher will develop additional guidelines for the school Web page in accordance with DIIT/OWS Policy, Procedures and Guidelines.
E) Teacher Web Pages
Subject to district-wide policies and procedures, teachers may establish Web pages for use with class activities or to provide a resource for other teachers. Teachers will be responsible for maintaining their class or educational resource sites. Teacher web pages will not be considered official material, but will be developed in such a manner as to reflect well upon the Department, district and school.
F) Other Staff Web Pages
Subject to district-wide policies and procedures, staff may develop web pages that provide a resource for others. Staff will be responsible for maintaining their resource sites. Staff web pages will not be considered official material, but will be developed in a manner as to reflect well upon the Department, district and school.
|G) Student Web Pages i) Subject to district-wide policies and procedures, students may create a web site as part of a class activity. Material presented on a student class activity web site must meet the educational objectives of the class activity.
ii) Subject to District procedures and with the approval of the building principal or Web Publisher, students may establish personal web pages. Material presented in the student’s personal web page must be related to the student’s educational and career preparation activities.
iii) The District has the right to exercise control over the content and/or style of student web pages so long as its actions are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns. Requiring removal of material that fails to meet established educational objectives or that is in violation of a provision of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy or student disciplinary code will not be considered a violation of a student’s right to free speech under the Student Bill of Rights. However, student material may not be removed on the basis of disagreement with the views expressed by the student.
iv) Student Web pages must include the following notice: “This is a student Web page. Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to the New York City Department of Education or the student’s school.”
v) Schools have the right to remove student web pages at the end of each school year.
H) Extracurricular Organization Web Pages
i) With the approval of the building principal, extracurricular organizations may establish web pages. Material presented on the organization web page must relate specifically to organization activities. The Department has the right to exercise control over the content and/or style of organization web pages so long as its actions are reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.
ii) Extracurricular organization web pages must include the
following notice: “This is a student extracurricular organization web page. Opinions expressed on this page shall not be attributed to the New York City Department of Education.”
I) Central Office Web Pages
i) Central offices may establish web pages but material posted on the central office web page must relate specifically to the office’s services. The style and content of any central office web page must be consistent with the Department’s Division of Instructional and Information Technology (“DIIT”)/Office of Internet Management Services (“IMS”) Policy, Procedures and Guidelines.