At Piedmont, we research, create and collaborate using digital devices (iPads, laptops, lab and classroom computers, and BYOT devices)
This means that as you learn your IB, Common Core and North Carolina essential standards, you are also learning the skills that experts say will be more useful to your future than any others: Digital Learning Standard Skills.
With the value of your own Digital Footprintand that of others in mind, YOU MUST AGREE TO follow these rules and procedures whenever you are working with tech, whether at home, in the computer lab or in class via mobile device.
Piedmont Online Learning Rules (for all digital devices, BYOT as well as school-owned)
1. At school, tech is only for learning.
  • No unauthorized device, site, charger, or app download or usage (including audio or video recording).
  • Do not personalize school-owned devices. Adjust settings only with advance permission. (ex: split the keyboard on an iPad, return it to the usual setting afterward. you can change screens on computers with a login but on ipad there is no login and it is shared)
  • In class Keep devices stowed as instructed unless their use has been cleared by teacher.

2. Write Wisely
  • Practice digital citizenship.
  • Share ideas, examples and explanations academically.
  • No (joking or serious) insults, provocations, crudeness, hate talk or advocations of harm.
3. Surf Safely:
  • Use CMS filtered wifi, website critical assessment strategies, and cyber safety.
  • Be responsible for your device at all times.
4. Create your BEST work :
  • Attribute and build upon the work of others legally
  • If it is boring to you, it is not finished.
  • Share/Publish the work safely to build your digital footprint.
5. Care for All Equipment :



Piedmont
Electronic Devices
Piedmont Middle School, An IB World School, follows the following rules and procedures governing electronic devices (violations of these rules and procedures will result in consequences in accordance with the school’s discipline plan):
  • Cell phones and electronic devices must be silenced during school hours and on the school bus unless otherwise directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Electronic devices may be utilized for reading or instructional purposes at the discretion of the classroom teacher and at the students’ own risk (stolen and/or damaged items are not the responsibility of the school).
    • Any device used other than for an approved activity will be confiscated and turned in to administration. Parents and/or guardians can pick up the items at a mutually agreed upon time.
  • Students are allowed to take pictures, video and/or audio recordings of TEACHERS (not students)only when given permission by the classroom teacher.
    • The photo and release form filled out at the beginning of the year gives the school permission or denial to take photos and videos to be used by Piedmont and the school district. This form does not include students taking pictures, video or audio recordings on their personal devices for their personal uses.
  • Students must utilize the filtered CMS Guest Network when on campus and will not be permitted to access outside 3G/4G networks.
  • Students must abide by the school’s designated “No Tech Zones” which include the following:
    • Bus (dependent upon bus driver’s rules/regulations)
    • Restrooms
    • Locker rooms and changing areas



Please be reminded of CMS’s policy regarding cell phones and other electronic devices:
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Personal Technology Devices
A personal technology device (PTD) is a portable Internet-accessing device that is not the property of the district that can be used to transmit communications by voice, written characters, words or images, share information, record sounds, process words, and/or capture images, such as a laptop computer, tablet, smartphone, cellphone, personal digital assistant or E-Reader. A student may possess and use a PTD on school property, at after-school activities and at school-related functions, provided that during
school hours and on a school bus, the PTD remains off and put away. With the approval of the superintendent, a principal may permit students to possess and use PTDs during the school day for educational purposes. “Educational purposes” include student education, research and career development. Possession of a PTD by a student is a privilege, which may be revoked for violations
of the Code of Student Conduct. Violations may result in the confiscation of the PTD (to be returned only to a parent) and/or other disciplinary actions. The district is not responsible for theft, loss or damage to PTDs or other electronic devices brought onto CMS property. Students permitted to use PTDs during the school day must follow all rules set forth in Policy IJNDB, Regulation IJNDB-R, and sign the Student Internet Use Agreement.




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Rule 5 PERSONAL PROPERTY (Responsibility): A student is permitted to bring or possess only objects that have an educational purpose and will not distract from teaching or learning. Students are permitted to sell items on campus only as part of an approved school activity. (All other items will be confiscated and returned to the parent at a mutually agreed upon time, not to exceed one calendar week.) The following are among the list of prohibited items:
A. Personal Technology Devices: A personal technology device (PTD) is a portable Internet-accessing device that is not the property of the district that can be used to transmit communications by voice, written characters, words or images, share information, record sounds, process words, and/or capture images, such as a laptop computer, tablet, smartphone, cellphone, personal digital assistant or E-Reader. A student may possess and use a PTD on school property, at after-school activities and at school-related functions, provided that during school hours and on a school bus, the PTD remains off and put away. With the approval of the superintendent, a principal may permit students to possess and use PTDs during the school day for educational purposes. “Educational purposes” include student education, research and career development. Possession of a PTD by a student is a privilege, which may be revoked for violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Violations may result in the confiscation of the PTD (to be returned only to a parent) and/or other disciplinary actions. The district is not responsible for theft, loss, or damage to PTDs or other electronic devices brought onto CMS property. Students permitted to use PTDs during the school day must follow all rules set forth in Policy IJNDB, Regulation IJNDB-R, and sign the Student Internet Use Agreement.
B. Toys, games (electronic and other), electronic smoking devices, pagers and other electronic equipment:
Possession of these or any similar devices without permission of the administration is prohibited. Possession of a toy gun that is a reasonable facsimile of an actual weapon is a violation of Rule 29, Weapons and DangerousObjects.


Rule 8 BULLYING/CYBERBULLYING, PROFANITY, OBSCENITY AND/OR DEROGATORY LANGUAGE (Respect/Caring): Bullying and/or harassing behavior are strictly prohibited in CMS. It is the policy of the Board of Education to maintain learning environments that are free from harassment or bullying (Policy JICK, adopted 3/11/2008). Students are expected to use appropriate language and conduct at school and school functions and possess only appropriate materials. This rule applies to cursing, possessing, sending, or receiving written materials or electronic text and/or images that convey an offensive, racial, derogatory, bullying or obscene message to another person. This includes but is not limited to references to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, and/or physical or sensory disability, physical appearance or making offensive statements or gestures.


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Rule 21 UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE COMPUTER (Honesty): A student shall refrain from inappropriate use of school system computers or from using the CMS Internet site without proper authority. This includes unauthorized use of signon codes and the school telephone system, communication of threats or implied threats, and unauthorized attempts to contact any CMS computer site from any computer station. This rule also encompasses any activity or distribution of information from home or school computers that would constitute a violation of a rule under the Code of Student Conduct
or a violation of law, such as, but not limited to, bullying or harassment on social media or other sites if the conduct has or may have a direct and immediate impact on the orderly and efficient operation of the schools or the safety of individuals in the school environment. Publication of information on the Internet is considered distribution regardless of the location of the computer where the offending content was published. (Minor violations of unauthorized use of the computer, including accessing home email accounts from a school computer, may be a Tier I or II infraction.)


For more information about CMS’s policies, please visit the following website:
__http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/mediaroom/Documents/2012-2013%20Student%20Code%20of%20Conduct%20(English).pdf__



All CMS, Piedmont, and classroom rules are in effect in all our learning environments.

You are bound by those rules even online and/or when working from home. Violations will result in any or all of these:
  • removal of student digital participation permissions
  • disciplinary action including office referral
  • legal action in the case of bullying or cybercrime

Gaggle Human Monitoring consequences:
  • First Violation= warning to student only
  • Second violation=warning to student and cc to Default Admin
  • Third violation=tool used for violation is restricted to Teacher Only and both student and Default Admin receive notice of this action
  • Possible Student Safety Situations and Questionable Content will be reported to district level personnel and handled according to district policies.


This page would be the size of a Phd dissertation if I had to specify every possible lapse of judgment or restraint, so after reading this page, general good advice is to remember that the internet that is forever. http://dontbeanidiot.org/


Final advice:"Stay On-task When You Go On-line "Finishing is not the goal. Learning is the goal and the internet is full of great places to LEARN. If you complete work early in class or lab, do not play, get permission instead to go on enrichment sites such as those listed in the study studio.