Information and Technology Services
Chromebooks and Chrome Environment
Working with other jurisdictional leaders we have created a secured exam environment for Chromebooks and ChromeOS devices.
There are times when students abuse technology in our schools and leaders must respond accordingly by restricting access to non-instructional materials and sites. In the past this has usually resulted in removing the students technology privileges. But this traditional policy doesn’t work in 21st century classrooms because technology has become integrated into the day-to-day learning and routines in our classrooms, and restricting access will put the student at a significant disadvantage.
In Red Deer Public we have addressed this problem by creating a “locked-down” OU that will allow students to continue to access the learning tools and resources required for their daily learning, while blocking or limiting the rest of the internet and giving their teachers the peace of mind that the student(s) are not able to access inappropriate content or sites.
Once a student has been placed into the Locked-Down OU, every time they login to a Chrome device they will only be able to access the sites, and extensions that you grant them access to. In our jurisdiction we have created a single OU so that we are not required to customize the Lock-Down OU for each school (although it could be easily done).
Google Forms for Automation
Field Studies Digital Forms
Electronic Transition Forms
Elementary Outcome-Based Report Cards
Track and Field Sign-Up Form
One of our middle schools wanted their kids to sign up electronically for the track and field meet and select their events. We created a form, and limited each person to one response - which they can change at a later date. Once the data is collected, it automatically sorts all students based on gender, grade and event. It also visually notifies the teacher / organizer of students who have selected more or less than four events - which is required - by colouring the row red.