3. Using Mobile Devices during Instructional Time
Using the iPad for Learning
The iPad is a great device for communicating, collaborating, and interacting with a variety of educational resources. Teachers will post class materials and resources on their Schoology page that you can access with the Schoology app. You will download and access most of your textbooks on your iPad and use apps for instruction and review. You will have 24/7 access to databases and eBooks and conduct Internet research whenever you need information. On the iPad you can create presentations to demonstrate your learning, type your papers, watch videos to learn new concepts and so much more.
Acceptable Use during Instructional Time
To maintain the integrity of the learning environment during the school day students need to use their iPads for academic purposes during class time. Teachers will direct you when it is appropriate to use your iPad and when they want you to put it away.
We understand that it will be tempting to want to check your email, access social networks, or even play games when you have an iPad at your fingertips all the time. Our job at La Salle is to help you understand when that is appropriate and when you need to focus on academics.
Teachers or administrators may:
- Ask you to close apps that are not needed in class.
- Spot check to make sure you are using the appropriate resources.
- View or control your website usage using Teacher View.
- Limit the use of the camera, social networks, games, videos, email, etc.
- Ask all students to put their devices away.
According to the AUP, students’ iPads are subject to inspection at the discretion of a teacher or staff member. Even though you own your device, you do not have the right to display apps, music, movies, games or images that violate school policies while you are at school or attending school events.
iPads are often used for recreational purposes, but in a 1:1 environment or when studying at home, it’s necessary to avoid the potential for distraction and focus on whatever task is at hand. Try to have a new mindset that iPads are treated as tools for learning, and not just devices for entertainment.
Challenge yourself to be fully present in class, during lunch and when doing homework. Avoid the temptation to go online, check your Facebook status or message your friends. Determine set times when you are going to access social networks.
Students should place their iPads in “Academic Mode” when they come into class or when completing homework. Academic Mode means:
- Only needed academic files and applications are open or visible on your iPad. Avoid having distracting applications visible while working on schoolwork. This includes any non-academic applications, websites or notifications such as: social media, messaging, games, news or email.
- Turn off sounds and disable notifications or alerts.
To help yourself avoid distractions, temporarily turn off Wi-Fi when working with local files like textbooks, writing a paper or creating a presentation. Be in charge of your online usage.
Next: Be Respectful To Community Members
4. Be Respectful to Community Members
With 24/7 access, some students might use technology in inappropriate ways. Online cruelty, also referred to as cyberbullying, takes place whenever someone uses digital media tools such as the Internet and cell phones to deliberately upset or harass someone else, often repeatedly. People post things online that they wouldn’t say in person.
In this video from Common Sense Media, a teenage boy discusses the prevalence of saying hurtful things online and the impact those comments had on a particular friend.
Is Ricardo is a cyberbully? He said he was just joking around. Ricardo is probably considered a cyberbully because he openly criticizes people online. On the other hand, we do not know how mean his comments were, and if he might change his behavior in the future. One of the issues with cyberbullying is the scale and the fact that it is public. Information generally travels faster and reaches more people on the Internet than offline, and this fact may make the impact harsher.
Ricardo thinks that harassing others on Internet, rather than in person, appeals to some teenagers because they can’t be attacked back physically. People may cyberbully online because they do not have to face their target and can “hide” behind their computers. On the other hand, conflicts that start online often go offline at some point.
Have you ever encountered online cruelty? How do you think someone might feel after being the target of it?
Targets of online cruelty may feel they can be bombarded with negative comments at any time, anywhere. And when more offenders join in the online cruelty, the situation gets even worse. Watch this video and place yourself in Stacey’s shoes.
Who was involved in the story and what roles did they play?
- Target: Stacey, whose intentions are misunderstood and who feels beaten down by being picked on offline and online
- Offenders: The girl who misunderstood Stacey’s intent, as well as her friends who led the cruel online behavior
- Bystanders: All of the people who might have stepped in but did not, including Stacey’s cousin and others at school or online
- Upstander: Stacey’s mom, who empathized with Stacey and encouraged her to seek help from the school
As Stacey says, most of the comments were made anonymously and from “miles away.” It may be easier for offenders to be cruel when they are not face to face with their target. It’s easy for online cruelty to spread quickly, both because of the technology and because of the herd mentality.
Targets and Upstanders Can De-escalate Online Cruelty
You can make a difference — even if you are being targeted. Here are a few ideas:
- Ignore and block the bully. Offenders often want attention. Take it away and they may give up.
- Save the evidence. You may need it later for documentation.
- Change your privacy settings. Allow only people you trust to see or comment on your pages.
- Tell trusted friends and adults. Create a support network.
Don’t just ignore cyberbullying if you see it happening at La Salle. Be an Upstander!
- Stand up to the offender when appropriate. If you see something negative, say something. Make it clear that you think online cruelty is wrong, and tell the offender to back off. (It may be easier to do this if you have good standing with the offender.)
- Point out the bully’s motivation to the target. Comfort the target by explaining that many offenders act cruelly just to gain control, power, or status.
- Help the target advocate. Help the target find friends and school leaders who can help de-escalate the situation. It’s easier to stand up to cruelty when you are not alone.
Bystanders may hesitate to get involved in a cyberbullying situation because they don’t want to become targets themselves. Put yourself in the target’s shoes. What would it feel like if nobody wanted to help you out when you needed it most? You can show support in many ways, even simply by listening to a target about his or her experience.