• How We Use Technology at Centennial School District 

     
    As technology is always evolving and changing, so do our needs and uses for technology within Centennial School District. This page is dedicated to showing “how we use technology” specifically about each tool/resource/device learning (or operational) purpose.

    There is definitely an overlap between some technology (and that’s ok), there is also freedom for how teachers and staff use many of these tools and resources.


    Skyward

    Skyward is our Student Information System (SIS) which keeps all student data, records, and information. Most importantly for parents and students, Skyward is the home to our Gradebook and Student Schedules. Teachers use Skyward as a gradebook. The school district also uses Skyward’s eAlert software to send out messages to the entire staff, school, and parents.


    Canvas

    Canvas is our Learning Management System (LMS) currently used in grades 6-12. Canvas LMS is used by more than 2,000 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world. Canvas LMS allows our teachers to create online learning modules and courses that connect to assignments, discussion boards, assessments, homework, class communication, calendar, announcements and much more. Canvas is the learning hub in 6-12 where students can get their information for each class whether in school or at home. Canvas also has a gradebook, which we have recently connected to Skyward so parents/students only have to check one place (Skyward) for grades moving forward as it is rolled out.


    Google Apps for Education

    Google Apps are a suite of web based collaboration and productivity tools. Google Apps (especially Drive) allow you to:

    • Store, share, collaborate and publish on the web.

    • Drive documents auto save every few seconds so work is never lost.

    • All collaborators can work together at the same time on the same document

    • Access all your work from any computer or mobile device with a web browser*. No need to carry a flash drive again.

    • Unlimited file storage (Office, AutoCAD, Photoshop, movies, video, etc.)

    • 75% of colleges and universities, and over five million businesses use Google apps.

    Google Apps include:

    Google Classroom for easy file/assignment management with students, as well as discussion groups.

    Google Drive: An online drive where you can store, access, and share your files from any web enabled device.

    • Google Documents for Online collaborative word processing, with integrated research and citation tools

    • Google Presentations for Online collaborative presentations (like PowerPoint) with easy video embedding

    • Google Spreadsheets will perform mathematical functions, graph your data and allow you to collect data via an Online form.

    • Google Forms are survey tools that can be used to collect data into spreadsheets, create quizzes, book reviews, etc.

    • Google Drawings can be used by students to create graphics, timelines, concept maps, etc. These can be placed within other Google Apps.

    GMail: An unlimited mailbox, the ability to send 1GB attachments, launch video hangouts, and more.

    Google Sites are websites that can be edited collaboratively and used to showcase student products.

    YouTube, Google Maps, Blogger, Calendar, and much more.


    GMail (Google Mail)

    On January 2nd, students will have access to school email. They will be able to log into their school email by going to “gmail.com” and logging in using their credentials shared below. This is the same login information they have currently for all of their Google Apps (Drive, Docs, etc).


    The username for all student accounts is the child’s school username @stucentennialsd.org (usernames are year of graduation, first four of last name, first two of last name @stucentennialsd.org).


    For example 7th grader Peter Parker would be 22parkpe@stucentennialsd.org. The initial password is distributed by the classroom teacher or your school. This is the same username and password used to log into any Google App. It is important that your child does not share their password with anyone except their parents..


    Microsoft Office Suite

    Our staff has district wide access to the full range of Microsoft Office products as well. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Microsoft Word

    • Microsoft Excel

    • Microsoft PowerPoint

    • Microsoft Outlook

    • Microsoft Access

    • Microsoft Publisher


    We live in a multi-platform, multi-device world and believe our students should be comfortable using Microsoft, Google, and Apple products/services.


    Technology With A Purpose

    Web 2.0 and cloud computing tools like Canvas and Google Apps are fantastic tools for learning and building the 21st Century digital skills employers will value. We maintain the following expectations for all Canvas and Google Apps users:

    • Educational Purpose - research and collaboration, designing products and media related to educational goals.

    • Respect and protect the privacy of others. – use your own account, do not impersonate others, do not subvert the work of others.

    • Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.  –do not infringe copyrights or plagiarize.

    • Respect and practice the principles of community.

    • Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful.

    • Report threatening or discomforting materials to a teacher.

    • Do not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that violates the school's code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass).

    • Do not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal (such as obscenity, stolen materials, or illegal copies of copyrighted works).


    Your child’s Google Apps for Education account falls under the CSD Acceptable Use Policy which governs appropriate use of school computers, accounts, networks, and systems. Google Apps for Education has provisions within its terms of service and privacy agreement (www.google.com/edu/trust/), that are not found in the basic personal use Google account terms.  This is to help ensure the confidentiality of student information and compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

     
    While Google Apps for Education accounts are accessible from home, CSD Google Apps for Education accounts are for academic use only. CSD administrators are able to access  CSD Google Apps accounts when needed, and have the right to monitor account usage and deny access.  If you have any questions please contact A.J. Juliani, Director of Technology and Innovation at juliaj@centennialsd.org.