9a to 1p
Science Leadership Academy values of technology and encourages its use in creative ways to support student learning in a safe and secure learning environment. This policy is a guide to ensuring the appropriate use as well as safety for all community members. While these technologies provide powerful learning opportunities, they must be used responsibly.
These rules apply to any electronic device including laptops, mobile phones, MP3 players, gaming devices, digital cameras, any and all devices that are connected to the School District of Philadelphia network. Learning always takes priority while using SLA's wireless and hardwired internet connections.
No Fooling Around
Do not take up bandwidth by downloading movies, music, pictures, or by playing online games not directly connected to your learningDo not store music, movies, pictures or files on the school network not connected to your learning - all personal files must be saved on an external hard drive
• Audits of student laptops can be done by any staff member at anytime.
Serious Breaches of Rules
The laptops are the School District of Philadelphiaʼs property. We strongly encourage that the insurance is paid for each year the laptop is in the hands of a student. That way if there is any major damage families are only liable for the $100 deductible. Any damage caused by the user starts with the $100 deductible.
Administration of Computers
All users will be granted with the power to change the settings within the computer. That way updates to software can be made and peripherals can be hooked up to the laptop with ease. The user may not change password settings or computer name settings, these are uniform to the school and are necessary for the maintenance and upkeep of the laptop.
No personal files should be kept on the laptop, these must be saved to an external drive - this includes all music files and photographs, SLA is not responsible for any lost files school or personal
A two gigabyte storage space will be provided for students to keep all school related files safe - ALL FILES MUST BE SAVED TO THE DROPBOX ACCOUNT - further instruction on doing so will be given in the technology course during the first week of school
Students are responsible for maintaining current backups of all their own schoolwork either online through Dropbox or their own backup solution. You will be expected to turn in your work on time even in the event that your laptop fails - the Technology Team team cannot recover your files
Network - Connecting to the Internet
The entire school is covered by a high-speed wireless internet network. All students will be able to access the internet, as long as they follow this policy. With this connection comes a degree of risk, this policy is made to help users avoid these risks, keep our community safe and abide by internet laws.
Users will have access to an email account the four years they are at SLA. You may use this to communicate with parents, teachers, friends, experts and fellow students around the globe. An email address with the suffix @scienceleadership.org will be provided to all students. This address is to be used for all school-related business. Your private account should be used for all other communications. Users will have access to their other email accounts during “off” times during school, like lunch and free periods.
Communicating online is is very much like communicating with people in person. You must be respectful of others at all times. Remember that all email & M.O.O.D.L.E. messages can be read by the SLA Technology Team and the administration. Donʼt write anything you would not want to share with teachers and parents.
While many members of SLA, including staff members, use instant messaging and blogging software to communicate, part of the learning experience at SLA is to responsibly use these types of communication methods as part of your school day. Students need to be aware that chatting during class time when off topic is a distraction. Students asked to refrain from using or quit using chatting during class time must do so immediately.
Publishing or Uploading to the Web
In some cases your classwork will be published or students will be asked to hand in assignments that are published. Having work published means the world can see what you have uploaded. This is a great opportunity for students as well as people not directly involved with SLA; it provides you and other students a chance to share your work and have it viewed. People curious about SLA will be visiting our web portal to see what goes on daily.
The SLA Technology Office is located in room 306, and staffed by our Systems Administrator Chris Alfano. In addition SLAʼs Technology Coordinator is Marcie T. Hull, who can be found in room 301.
Technology Office Hours for student repairs
Everyday after school the last half hour of first lunch and the first half hour of last lunch
SLA's Technology Team team will determine what type of repair a laptop is eligible for and be responsible for carrying out and administering the repair.
School District Insurance - in short
We strongly encourage the purchase of insurance available though the School District of Philadelphia for student laptop computers, the cost is $75.00. • Damage caused by the user is not covered by insurance. • Physical damage to the casing caused to chargers is not covered by insurance.
• Batteries are not covered by insurance. • All damage is subject to a $100.00 deductible.