Frequently Asked Questions

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What if I would like to use a Web 2.0 tool that is not included on this site?

Many Web 2.0 tools provide options for creating, collaborating, editing, and sharing user-generated content online.  These sites often require a user account and an agreement to Terms of Use, allow for student accounts, and/or provide means for online collaboration or upload of student work.  As an employee of CCPS, teachers are not permitted into “click-accept” agreements on behalf of their students or use with students without prior approval.  If the resources available on this site do not meet your instructional needs, please enter your request into the Technology Request System and the tool will be reviewed.

What should I know about using these new “Web 2.0” tools?

Approved web-based tools appear on the ABC List of Tools page.  Some tools require additional information and guidelines that should be reviewed prior to use and are only approved for use when the outlined procedures and guidelines are followed.  Teachers are expected to thoroughly review the materials and guidelines for each tool prior to using with students.  Some tools require additional parent permission prior to student use.  It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that these guidelines have been addressed and are being followed during use.  If you have any questions, please ask your school Media Specialist or contact a member of the Instructional Technology Team for further assistance.  As many of the resources on this site are web-based, teachers should also understand the nature of the Internet and not rely solely on access to online tools for their instructional plans.  On occasion (and sometimes without notice) companies change their online access, terms of use agreements, and/or have intermittent online access issues.  Teachers should plan accordingly and ensure that quality, daily instruction is not dependent on such access.

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?

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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.

 

FERPA  What is FERPA?

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.

 

COPPAWhat is COPPA?

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.