HANDBOOK & FORMS

DEVICE BASICS

RESOURCES

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

FAQ

TECH SUPPORT

 

 

HANDBOOK & FORMS

 

RESOURCES

Eagle Apps

Canvas

Google Apps for Education (Eagle Apps) allows students to share electronic documents with their teachers and store their data online so they can access it from anywhere.  For example, a student could create a document at school and then access it via Eagle Apps from home.  The ability to share electronic documents is a critical component needed to integrate 21st century technology tools into the curriculum.

 

Get Started with Google Drive

Visit drive.google.com to see all of your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

 

Share Settings

Learn how to share files and folders.

 

How to Share

Learn how to share files without having to email them.

 

Use Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Create and share documents, spreadsheets, and sideshows in real time.

 

Troubleshooting Google Drive

 

 

Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to put lessons,  resources and assignments in one place. Students can access Canvas on their device at school or download lessons and resources to access at home.

 

Learn more about to Canvas K-12

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FAQ

  • What is the PowerUP?

    The Athens City School District offers students access to a variety of technological resources to complement instruction and to encourage creativity, collaboration and communication. The purpose of the PowerUP Program is to expand this access by providing each student with a digital device during an academic year for use at school and, in some grade levels, at home.

  • What does my child receive?

    Each student in grade 7-12 receives a MacBook Air with charger, a carrying case, and filtered and monitored Internet access at school that may be taken home. Each student grades K-6 receives an iPad to use at school.

  • How will my child use this technology in the classroom?

    Students will be able to use their MacBooks and Ipads to expand their resources beyond textbooks to solve real world problems using 21st century skills. These skills include collaborating, communicating, analyzing, creating and innovating. Students will be expected to follow all teacher/classroom rules while using computers.

  • What training is required before my child gets a device?

    All parents and students are required to attend a training/orientation session. Both parent and student must sign the Power Up Handbook before being issued a laptop.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions or need help?

    The first point of contact for assistance or information is the Help Desk at your child's school. If additional help is needed please contact the district's Education Technology office at 256-771-7145 or at chris.hamilton@acs-k12.org.

  • How much are the annual fees for this program?

    A device protection fee of $50 ($25 for students eligible for free/reduced lunch program as of July 1, 2014, $40 for those families with multiple students enrolled in Athens Middle and/or Athens High School) is collected prior to issuing the computer and accessories to the student. This fee covers the normal wear and tear of the laptop, carrying bag, and computer software. It is not prorated nor it is refundable.

  • How will Athens City Schools prevent access to inappropriate websites?

    The laptops will include Internet content filtering software, which will limit access to inappropriate content while at school and at home.  However, no content filter is capable of preventing access to all online content that is not school-related and/or inappropriate; therefore, parents should be actively involved in monitoring the use of the Internet in the home.

  • What can I do at home to help protect my child on the Internet?

    Parents must monitor the use of the computer at home. While the district's filter is still in place and monitors student access to Internet sites, parents should set guidelines for usage of the devices at home.  Free resources for parents can be found at www.commonsensemedia.org.

  • Can students connect their device to my home network?

    Yes, the device can be used to access the Internet at home.

  • What happens if the device is damaged?

    If the device is damaged or lost,  the student should take the device to the Helpdesk located in the school library. By taking possession of a device and its accessories, the student and parent(s) (or legal guardian(s)) agree to assume full responsibility for the safety, security, care, and proper use of a device and its accessories. A Device Protection Plan is required with respect to the mobile devices, which should assist the student and parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by providing for the replacement and repair of damaged, stolen, or lost devices.

  • What happens if the power supply is lost/stolen or damaged?

    If the power supply/charger is lost, the parent or student can purchase a replacement from the school Help Desk or appropriate school personnel. Lost chargers must be replaced with a Mac Certified 45 Watt charger. Replacements purchased from outside sources, even though they are chargers that are Apple certified, will not be accepted.

  • Can a student/parent/guardian repair the device?

    Although you are responsible for the costs of any repairs to a mobile device (to the extent that the protection plan does not apply), the Athens City School District is responsible for arranging for the performance of any and all repairs to a mobile device.  Students and parents (or legal guardians) may not and should never attempt to repair a device themselves or through any party other than the school district.

     

    Further details related to various aspects of the use and care of the devices can be found in the PowerUP Handbook.

 

TECH SUPPORT

Visit your school's media center for technical support.

 

 

 

 

DEVICE BASICS

 

 

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Learn more at commonsensemedia.org

A digital citizen is someone who uses web-based communication and collaboration tools as part of his or her daily routine to share ideas, plan activities, and stay in touch with others.

 

Digital Citizens blog, comment, like, chat, tweet, connect, and follow--they "live" on the Internet and use it to stay in touch and build relationships, often with people they may never have met in person.  In using these web-based tools, however, students must learn basic skills for communicating effectively.  They must have basic computer literacy skills, web literacy skills – how to distinguish between information that is credible and information that is not,  how to determine if websites are private and secure, and understand the difference between synchronous (Skype) and asynchronous communication (email).

 

To address these topics, the school district utilizes the curriculum resources provide by Common Sense Media.  Examples of the units provided in their curriculum include:

 

• Internet Safety

• Privacy & Security

• Relationships & Communication

• Cyberbullying

• Digital Footprint & Reputation

• Self-image & Identity

• Information Literacy

• Creative Credit & Copyright

MacBook Air

iPad

Trackpad

Learn how to use the trackpad to control what is on your screen.

 

Internet & WiFi

Learn how to connect to the Internet.

 

The Finder

Learn how to find your files and folders.

 

The Desktop

The desktop is the space where you see file, folder, and application windows. Learn about your desktop and how to customize it.

 

The Dock

The Dock is at the bottom of the desktop. Learn how to add and remove items from the Dock.

 

Launchpad

Learn how to find, organize, and easily open your apps.

 

Safari

Learn how to use Safari to access the Internet, as well as ways to personalize your browsing experience.

 

Video Tutorials

POWERING UP!

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