What if I would like to use a Web 2.0 tool that is not included on this site?
What should I know about using Web 2.0 tools?
Are all Web 2.0 tools Section 508 compliant?
Section 508 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and provides specific guidelines for ensuring that all electronic media is accessible to all individuals. As 21st Century educators, and in light of Universal Design for Learning guidelines, it is important that teachers ensure that the electronic, educational materials that are used in the classroom are accessible. New technologies are constantly released and many are not designated Section 508 compliant.
As teachers select instructional resources for student use, they should ensure that students with disabilities are not required to use a technology that is not fully accessible. This site provides multiple options for online resources and web-based tools to be considered when providing educational resources for students.
What is CIPA?
As a school system, we must adhere to the The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This is a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2000 to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program – a program that makes certain communications technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the FCC issued rules implementing CIPA. For CIPA details, please click here.
The other Federal Law that governs public school systems is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This laws deals primarily with the security and confidentiality of student information. For more FERPA details, please click here.
Carroll County Public Schools includes the following items in its definition of confidential student information:
- student’s name
- parent’s or guardian’s name
- family member’s name
- student’s address
- student’s phone numbers
- student’s image
- social security numbers
- CCPS student ID numbers
- personal characteristics or other information that would make it possible to identify a student with reasonable certainty
It is recommended that you get additional parent written permission before posting any student work, images, video or other student-generated information. At the very least, please check with your school office to see if parents have returned a FERPA letter for the current school year. When you include student work or an image or video of a student, you still responsible for protecting student privacy. You may do the following to identify students on your website:
Use non-identifiable labels such as: student, algebra student, freshman, first grader or other nickname.
NOTE: Students’ graded work is protected under FERPA guidelines and is part of a student’s educational record. Not all tools have been approved for maintaining students records, therefore consult the ABC List of Tools page which indicates which tools may be used for student graded work.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) gives parents control over what information websites can collect from their kids. If you are using a website designed for kids or have a website geared to a general audience but collect information from someone you know is under 13, you must comply with COPPA’s two main requirements. For more COPPA details, please click here.
What should I do if I observe inappropriate use of instructional technology resources?
If you have a concern about a violation of CIPA, FERPA, COPPA, or copyright guidelines, please contact your school-based administrator and/or content supervisor.