Our vision is to leverage ubiquitous digital access to support:
Student Achievement – Through instructional strategies that apply best practices in teaching and learning, technology will become the catalyst for instructional change which will support the curriculum, and student learning will improve.
Student Engagement – Effective implementation of technology will result in the creation of engaging and relevant curriculum thus serving as an accelerator of and for student learning.
Relevant and Authentic Learning Opportunities – Through personalized, authentic, and collaborative learning experiences, students will engage in real-world problem solving through an inquiry approach to learning.
21st Century Learning Skills – Strategic focus on blending specific skills, content knowledge, area expertise, and literacies with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them to be college and career ready. The three core skills are: life and career skills, learning and innovation skills, and information media, and technology skills.
Equity of Access for all Learners – We will bridge the digital divide by providing all students with access to technology tools and resources for anytime, anywhere learning.
Efficient operation of district systems.
Prakash Patel, Director of Technology & Innovation
F: (215) 643-8714
The goal of our 21st Century Teaching and Learning Initiative is to provide all learners with ubiquitous digital access to support personalized learning, engagement, rigor, achievement, and the development of 21st century skills and literacies. Resources and research about the initiative, including an FAQ for parents, online payment of the technology fee, insurance information, and tutorials can be found here.
Google Apps for Education and Chromebook Resources
The district provides Google Apps for Education accounts for students, teachers, and staff. Google Apps for Education is used by thousands of schools and the majority of US colleges and universities to facilitate communication, collaboration, and digital literacy.
The primary purpose of these tools is to support 21st Century teaching and learning. Google Apps for Education accounts fall under the UDSD Acceptable Use Policy which governs appropriate use of school computers, accounts, networks, and systems. Google Apps for Education has provisions within its terms of service and privacy agreement, that are not found in the basic personal use Google account terms. This is to help ensure the confidentiality of student information and compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). While Google Apps for Education accounts are accessible from home, UDSD Google Apps for Education accounts are for academic use only (students are welcome to use personal accounts for other activities).
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The School District of Upper Dublin values technology as a resource for supporting and enhancing student learning. This includes the use of web-based software applications and services that are operated by third parties and that also require providing certain personal identifying information (generally the student’s name and email address/username) to the service operator.
We follow federal and state education privacy laws and adhere to privacy and security policies. When we use an online service provider to process or store data, they also must adhere to certain federal and state and privacy laws and use current security protocols and technology.
The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents rights related to their children’s education records and personally identifiable information. Under FERPA, our vendors cannot use the education records we provide in any way that is not authorized by the school district. They cannot sell this data or allow others to access it except as we permit in accordance with federal and state education privacy laws.
Additionally, the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prevents child-directed web-based services and apps from collecting certain personal information from anyone under 13 years of age without parental permission. COPPA allows school districts to consent on behalf of parents in the education context when student information is collected for the school’s exclusive use and educational benefit, and for no other commercial purpose. We vet privacy policies for COPPA compliance.
Many companies that offer educational resources online have volunteered to sign a binding Student Privacy Pledge. The pledge was created by The Future of Privacy Forum and The Software & Information Industry Association and is endorsed by Federal Department of Education.
Digital Citizenship – Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately.