At Newport Central Catholic we follow the principles stated by the BREDS technology handbook formulated by Catholic values. The main principles of the technology handbook are governed by the five areas that BREDS stand for: Basic information needed as you begin life on “The Hill”, Rules and regulations that dictate what is and is not acceptable behavior, Etiquette expected by all students while enrolled on the hill, Disciplinary actions that can and will be taken if students violate the regulations, and Scholarship that the technological devices provide.
The primary function of the Chromebook is to enhance student engagement and understanding in all classes. Students will be expected to use their Chromebooks for educational and academic reasons. Newport Central Catholic is excited to embrace this new technology in the classroom and with the help of the students, community, teachers and staff feel it will enhance the overall experience of our students and institution.
Click this link to download/ view BREDS Technology Handbook & Agreement
Click this link to download/ view Newport Central Catholic Chromebook Insurance Plan Form
Click this link to download/ view Newport Central Catholic Chromebook Violation Flowchart
For additional information, questions or concerns please contact:
John First – firstname.lastname@example.org
Technology Director, Graphic Design Teacher
Additional Information Not Found in Handbook:
Chromebook Handling Guidelines & Care
No food or drink is allowed next to your Chromebook while it is in use.
Protect the Chromebook screen by following the rules below:
Do not roughly treat the Chromebook as the screen can be damaged.
Do not apply excessive pressure to the Chromebook screen as it is particularly sensitive to damage.
Do not leave the Chromebook screen open before moving it, unless directed to do so by a teacher.
Do not lean on the top of the Chromebook when it is closed.
Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.
Do not poke the screen.
Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks).
Do not bump the Chromebook against lockers, walls, car doors, floors, etc. as it will eventually break the screen.
Do not allow your screen to become dirty. Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.
NICE Guidelines for One-to-One Communication
Unless you are using an encryption device (hardware or software), you should assume that email on the Internet is not secure. Never put in a mail message anything you would not put on a postcard.
Respect the copyright on material that you reproduce.
If you are forwarding or re-posting a message you’ve received, do not change the wording. If the message was a personal message to you and you are re-posting to a group, you should ask permission first. You may shorten the message and quote only relevant parts, but be sure you give proper attribution.
Never send chain letters via e-mail. Do not forward emails to others that are chain emails. Viruses may be contained inside the images and attachments.
You should not send heated messages (sometimes called “flames”)-even if you are provoked. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be surprised if you get flamed and it’s prudent not to respond to flames.
Mail should have a subject heading which reflects the content of the message.
If you include an email signature keep it short. Rule of thumb is no longer than 4 lines.
Just as mail may not be private, mail (and news) are subject to forgery and spoofing of various degrees of detectability. Apply common sense “reality checks” before assuming a message is valid.
NICE Guidelines for One-to-Many Communication
In addition to the guidelines mentioned for one-to-one communication, be sure to consider the following when dealing with one-to-many communications such as mailing lists, social networks, or online forums.
If you choose to follow a blog or other online community, it is a good idea to read content on a community for one to two months before you post anything. This helps you get an understanding of the culture of the group. This also protect you from causing arguments and fights online
Consider that a large audience will see your posts. That may include your present or future boss. Take care in what you write. Remember too, that any content sent over the Internet may be stored for a very long time in a place to which many people have access.
Assume that individuals speak for themselves, and what they say does not represent their organization (unless stated explicitly).
If a comment or opinion is shared online, do not start a fight. People are entitled to their opinions and arguing with others does very little to actually change another’s perception. Don’t get involved in flame wars. Neither post nor respond to incendiary material.
NICE Guidelines for Websites
In addition to the guidelines mentioned for one-to-one and one-to-many communication, be sure to consider the following guidelines when accessing websites.
Remember that all websites belong to someone else. The people who pay the bills get to make the rules governing usage. Information may be free – or it may not be. Be sure you check.
Do not assume that any information you find online is up-to-date and/or accurate. Remember that new technologies allow just about anyone to be a publisher, but not all people have discovered the responsibilities which accompany publishing.
Remember that unless you are sure that security and authentication technology is in use, that any information you submit to a system is being transmitted over the Internet “in the clear,” with no protection from viewing or forgery by unauthorized third-parties.