Effective beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, the state of Illinois enacted Public Act 095-0869, otherwise known as the Internet Safety Act. This law requires that all students, grades 3 through 12, attending an Illinois public school will be given instruction in specific areas regarding technology/Internet safety.
Each school district's Board of Education decides the depth and breadth of student awareness in the subject of Internet safety.
In essence, all students in the above-stated grades will be required to complete the school-sanctioned education lesson plan for the purpose of being better prepared to protect themselves from the hidden dangers lurking on the computer, whether that be with software, technology or Internet usage.
Throughout the school year students are introduced to online programs in which a student account is required in order to store classroom work. These online programs, called Web 2.0 Resources, are usually free or inexpensive and are a way digital information is created, shared, stored, distributed, and managed.
Typically, these tools require personal student information (such as their name), in order to set up an account.
Here in D303, we take the issue of student privacy seriously and take steps to ensure students are safe online. Here are the responsibilities of staff and students when using Web 2.0 resources along with suggestions for the community.
D303 Staff members:
The following Web 2.0 tools are NOT approved for student use in District 303: