Technology Coordinator: Jim Ward
Phone: (860) 376-2325 Ext. 116
Student Data Privacy
Voluntown Public School District is committed to protecting student privacy while utilizing technology which will provide students with the best possible educational experience. The District complies with the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Also with the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and CT State Student Data Privacy Act which dovetails with FERPA and COPPA.
One of the District's goals is to integrate technology throughout the district and expand the use of technology in the classroom to sustain a 21st century learning environment. To achieve this goal, the following systems may be used by the district.
Google Suites (Google Apps for Education)
IEP Direct (Frontline Suite)
Renaissance Learning (STAR Assessments)
Learning A-Z (Raz Kids, Headsprout)
Google Apps for Education
As educators, we very excited Voluntown Elementary School is issuing email accounts to our students in grades 6,7,and 8. This tool fits right into the direction the school is headed with regard to the implementation of Common Core State Standards(CCSS). The CCSS calls for students to understand and apply concepts, read more nonfiction texts, and support claims with evidence in mathematics, English language arts, and speaking and listening. Using Google Apps for Education will enhance the student’s and teacher’s ability to access, collaborate, instruct, and share what they have learned and accomplished in school. At this time, all student email accounts will only allow for communication within the school’s domain (voluntownct.org), such as “Teacher to student”, “student to teacher”, or “ student to student”.
A Gmail account:
• increases student access to teachers
• allows student access to other Google products including Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Calendar, etc.
• provides online file storage space available anytime, anywhere
• allows teachers to share files with students
• extends the classroom learning environment to the home
• allows for collaboration among students in the classroom
• facilitates group projects
• motivates reluctant writers
• provides students with the opportunity to build an electronic portfolio of their school learning experiences
• provides teachers additional ways to assess student learning
• allows teachers to provide discreet and effective differentiated instruction.