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Carl Junction Schools Hold Chrome Book Parent Training

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CARL JUNCTION, MISSOURI -

  Carl Junction is expanding its one to one computer initiative to another grade level and the district is training parents on how the chrome books are to be used by their student both at school and at home. 
  

Fifth grade  teacher Taylor Rutledge recorded her math lessons for students to watch on their chrome books at home. But the Carl Junction  district is also teaching parents how the laptops are to be used through training sessions. 
Principal Gretchen De Masters said, "I will talk about the different ways we will use the chrome books academically and stress to the parents and the students that they are tools for learning. And that we're not giving them new toys that they can go home and play around on you tube and play games on."

Rutledge said,  "We're gonna teach them (students) to be respectful with it. How to be  responsible with it. So the biggest thing is just making sure  your kid is following those  protocols. I know the paper work can be somewhat lengthy to read, but all of those things are very important for the kids to understand."
Parents will learn  how the schools information technology staff scans  computers daily for certain buzz words and  with a program called Go Guardian..
I.T. staffer Darla Gooch explained, "We get a log of flagged activity so  we are constantly  checking and making sure the kids are secure. That's what we want for the students to make sure they aren't getting places they shouldn't be."

De Masters added, "We can tell if they actually  clicked on the site to look into it further. We can tell how much time they spent on that site . We can tell if they clicked on something and clicked out. Typically that  means it was an accidental."

This is the second year for the one to one initiative   with chrome books at the intermediate and junior high level but they do say unwanted sites have popped up in the past.. 
De Masters said, "One of the biggest problems we had in the past  is students doing image  searches so we're not allowing image searches  on the chrome books this year unless the teacher has notified  it department  that they're using it for something in the classroom."  

and Gooch added, "There's time we have to use discipline  as an issue because the flagged activity  is actually accurate to what we have seen online unfortunately."
New computers for fourth graders will be used in classrooms only and not taken home. 
 Chrome book parent night is tonight from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Sparks Performing Arts center in Carl Junction and again on Thursday evening at the same time.

Parents are also urged to attend a training with teachers about the chrome books on September 8th.

 


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