PurposeThe Fort Worth ISD is presenting a new 1:1 digital initiative, DiG iN. 1:1 stands for “one to one” - one device for every student. Once DiG iN is fully implemented across the District all students will be equipped with access to information and the best learning tools modern technology has to offer. This initiative goes well beyond simply handing devices to students – it’s about preparing Fort Worth ISD students to succeed in the 21st century, compete globally and be responsible, informed digital citizens.
DiG iN is structured around the conviction that there should be equity in digital access. It is the responsibility of the Fort Worth ISD to ensure the competency of its students in this ever evolving, increasingly relevant medium. It is imperative for the success of FWISD, Fort Worth and beyond that, we educate our students to become digitally literate, critical thinkers and problem solvers, able to engage the world around them through clear, effective communication.
Goals for DiG iN
· Preparing ALL students for success in college, career, and community leadership
· Increase student engagement
· Empower students to build digital literacy skills and competencies
· Increase opportunities for students to engage in problem-solving activities
· Increase opportunities for students to work in collaborative teams
Participating in the Laptop Program
All Fort Worth ISD high school students are strongly encouraged to participate in the laptop program. Parents may opt their children out of the program by completing and returning an Alternate Device Form; however, students are still responsible for the work assigned by a teacher, and there is an expectation that teachers will be using digital tools for delivering instructional content. There is no rental fee associated with the program.
Security and Content Filtering
The laptops are configured with anti-virus protection; Chromebooks do not need anti-virus software as they get their data updated continually from the cloud. In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), student devices are equipped with content filtering to protect against objectionable content. The content filtering is always active both on and off campus. In addition, all devices are protected with anti-theft software that allows Fort Worth ISD to track and recover stolen equipment. Tampering with or circumventing district content filtering, such as using proxies, is considered a violation of the District’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Students are expected to:
- Bring the device to every class each day.
- Bring the device to school fully charged at the beginning of each day.
- Report device or charger damage to the campus administrator immediately.
- Report theft of a device to the campus administrator immediately.
- Use the device responsibly for instructional purposes and completing school work.
Failure to bring the device or any other class material(s) does not release student from his/her responsibility for digital class work. If students repeatedly fail to bring the device to class, teachers should use the same disciplinary action or the natural consequences associated with not being otherwise prepared for class.
Students are expected to bring their devices to school fully charged. However, it is expected that students will need to recharge their devices during the day from time to time. The best way to handle this situation is to have a power strip and let them plug in and work while continuing learning. This is a minor issue; handle it as you would a student who needs to sharpen his pencil: allow him to solve the problem by plugging in.
The device is equipped with limited storage space. Students will back up work on these District-approved cloud storage services:
- Office 365 OneDrive
- itslearning (Learning Management System)
- Google Drive
- Flash drive and/or USB drive
In general, assignments should be submitted digitally through itslearning (Learning Management System) or Google Classroom. Students cannot load printer drivers at home and cannot connect to district network printers. Each campus will handle printing solutions differently. If student document printing is necessary it is suggested that a plan is created with the tech committee and including the librarian.
Music, Videos, and Games
Watching videos, listening to music, or playing games on the device is not allowed during school hours without permission from the teacher. Students may use a variety of media if it is part of a digital assignments. Student devices are designed for instructional purposes and are not a reward or time filler. Do NOT use the computer as a babysitter in class. Do NOT tell your students they can play games (or any other non-educational use) when they “finish an assignment.” This encourages students to rush and give less attention to learning so they can spend more time playing.
Each campus must assign a DiGin Facilitator to help ensure the program needs are met at the campus level. Each campus is assigned a Technology Learning Coach who will serve as a direct point of contact for the DiGiN Facilitator and Administration.
Device Distribution & Collections
Device distribution and collections will take place at the campus. The campus administration will develop a comprehensive distribution and collection plan that reflects the needs of their campus while maintaining district procedures and policies.
Reporting Loss, Theft and Damage
Care should be taken to ensure that the District-issued device is kept secure and never left unattended. (If a staff member finds a device unattended, it will be taken to the office or to the campus DiGiN facilitator. A teacher will not hold a device in the classroom.)
Guidelines will be used when handling damaged devices. The damage is put into categories: accidental damage, malicious damage, lost, and stolen. Each level of damage has policies controlling the campus response to repair, replacement or referral for the device.
In the event that the device is Lost or Stolen, a student should follow these steps:
- Check with the office and DiGiN Facilitator to see if it has been turned
- If the device is Lost (student is unsure how the device went missing), the student should wait an additional 24 hours before formally reporting the missing device.
- Report the theft or loss immediately to campus
- The campus administrator will complete a business police report online with the student, followed by the Theft/Loss/Damage Re
- The student will be issued a replacement device to complete classwork and assignm
Accessories are not covered for lost or theft. In the event the student loses his/her charger or carrying case, the student must pay to receive a replacement accessory.