Wireless Communication Devices
Wireless Communication Devices (WCDs)
The School Board and the Superintendent, Administration and Staff, consider the Internet and digital technologies as valuable resources, but acknowledge they must be used responsibly. Digital citizenship represents more than technology literacy. Successful, technologically fluent, digital citizens live safely and civilly in an increasingly digital world. The School Board and the Superintendent believe the teaching of safe and responsible online behavior is essential in the lives of students and is best taught in partnership between home and school.
Next Generation students and staff spend increasing amounts of time online, learning and collaborating. They recognize that information posted on the Internet is public and permanent and can have a long-term impact on an individual's life and career. Expectations for students online are no different than face-to-face interactions.
Part I will specify the WCD Policy, including a definition and examples of Wireless Devices.
Part II outlines positive uses of WCD in the school setting.
Part III identifies unacceptable use of WCD in school or while attending a school-related activity.
[Adoption Date: January 23, 2012]
Part I: Worthington Schools WCD Policies
The Worthington Schools recognize and embrace the demands of an ever-changing digital world. In response, we also embrace the appropriate use of WCDs as an educational advantage for our students that can be utilized as a resource to help promote digital citizenship, technological fluency, and effective use of executive functioning skills, high yield instructional strategies, collaboration, and the acquisition of all Digital Literacy skills. Furthermore, we believe that the aforementioned skills are critical for learners to acquire, polish, and utilize as they compete in a globally competitive marketplace.
The Internet contains a vast array of educational offerings for students. Many of these offerings are categorized as social networking sites where students from all over the world can share ideas, collaborate on projects and learn from one another. While the Board recognizes that misuse of social networking sites can distract students, they are and will be a fact of life in the world they inherit and therefore, we incorporate approved social networking sites to help teach students safety and responsibility in the online world.
Although we allow smart phones and other WCDs, the District will not be responsible for WCDs that are lost or stolen.
Definition: A WCD or Wireless Communication Device is defined as a device that emits or receives a signal, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication.
Examples of WCDs: Cellular and wireless telephones, iPods/MP3 Players/iPads, pagers/beepers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), all types of smart phones, any Wi-Fi-enabled or broadband access devices, two-way radios or video broadcasting devices, laptops, and other devices that allow a person to record and/or transmit, on either a real time or delayed basis, sound, video or still images, text, or any handheld internet device.
Part II: Positive uses of WCDs
A) Creation of files, projects, videos, web pages and podcasts using network and internet resources in support of educational objectives.
B) Participation in blogs, wikis, bulletin boards, approved social networking sites and groups and the creation of content for podcasts, e-mail and web pages that support educational objectives.
C) Publishing original educational material and/or curriculum related materials in compliance with copyright laws. Sources outside the classroom or school must be cited appropriately.
D) Publishing student work with parental permission.
E) Use of any mobile devices (such as cell phones, cameras, media players, etc.) for teacher-approved learning purposes.
F) Use of the network, internet resources, and any mobile devices for incidental personal use in accordance with all District policies and guidelines.
G) Use on a school bus provided that use does not provide a distraction to the driver or negatively impact the safety and wellness of other students in any way at the discretion of the bus driver, classroom teacher, sponsor/advisor/coach.
H) Any other use for educational purposes that is designated as acceptable by District or building level administration, and implemented into classroom instructional practices by the classroom teacher.
Part III: Unacceptable Uses of WCDs
A) Federal law prohibits the use of WCDs to capture, record or transmit the words (i.e., audio) and/or images (i.e., pictures/video) of any student, staff member or other person in the school or while attending a school-related activity, without express prior notice and explicit consent for the capture, recording or transmission of such words or images.
B) Using a WCD to take or transmit audio and/or pictures/video of an individual without his/her consent is considered an invasion of privacy and is not permitted, unless authorized by the building principal.
C) The use of WCDs that contain built-in cameras (i.e., devices that take still or motion pictures, whether in a digital or other format) is prohibited in locker rooms, and bathrooms.
D) Federal law permits the search of WCDs on school premises/property with reasonable suspicion by administration.
E) It is prohibited to use a WCD in any way that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression of being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated.
F) It is prohibited to use a WCD in any way that may cause any disruption to learning or the educational process within a school building.
G) Possession of WCD during any standardized assessments is prohibited.
(i.e. PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, OGT, OAA etc.)
H) The use of WCDs during any summative assessment (including but not limited to quizzes, unit tests and semester exams) without the explicit permission of the instructor is prohibited.