January's Theme is Positive

Positive students use technology to learn, communicate, collaborate, and create. They demonstrate upstanding behavior and do not use technology to the detriment of others.

This month ACS celebrates all the positive ways that technology is used by our students. In addition to digital citizenship lessons to take place in the classroom, the technology department has several events planned for parents, teachers and students to celebrate the positive impact technology has in our lives as well as how to make positive contributions to the cyberworld.

iVipers Student Tech Team
We are very excited to have a group of student tech leaders in Middle and High School known as the iVipers. Middle School and High School iVipers can provide support for students and staff in the classroom or during lunches and breaks. iVipers can assist with professional development and provide student input to the ACS technology department.

Take Time to Code
Did you know that In the US software jobs outnumber students 3-to-1? The gap is 1 million jobs over 10 years- and these are some of the highest paying jobs. The basics can be learned by anybody, starting in elementary school. But fewer than 10% of students try and only 2% are women.

At ACS we want to give our students a chance to try programming, even if they are not taking a computer course.

Technology Showcase
Teachers have been invited to submit student projects or lesson plans to the Tech Department to be featured in the Technology Showcase Website. We look forward to sharing some of the great ways that technology is being used at ACS. Stay tuned for more information.

Supporting Positive Use of Social Media and the Internet

As the holidays are approaching, now is a good time to think again about responsible use of the Internet and digital media. During the holidays your child is probably going to spend more time to using computers and mobile phones for social networking.

Talk to your kids about making the choice to create positive online relationships. They can use social media to create, to share and to support others rather than using it as a forum for put downs or criticizing others.

Below are some great talking points for you and your child about the positive use of social media and the Internet courtesy of Common Sense Media

Talk about cyberbullying: It’s real. It’s everywhere. And remember that kids sometimes will tell you about a friend’s problems rather than their own experiences.

  • Make sure your kids know how to deal with a cyberbully, and that if the situation gets serious, urge them to tell a trusted adult about it.
  • Give kids a cyberbullying vocabulary. Talk about bullies, victims, bystanders (those who witness offensive behavior but don’t do anything to stop it), and upstanders (people who actively try to stop cyberbullying). It will help them understand what roles they play or could play.
  • Encourage positive posting. Are your kids fans of YouTube? Have they said something encouraging about something they’ve seen and loved? Have they added knowledge to a wiki or shared their experience on a hobby or interest site? From the earliest ages, kids need to know they can add positively to the online world.
  • Remind kids that texts and IMs may not persist, but they still have impact. Anything they say or do with their phones or through quick messages may seem to disappear when the devices shut down, but the impact on others remains – whether for good or bad.
  • Tell kids to apply the Golden Rule online. If kids wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, then they shouldn’t text it, Skype it, tweet it, Facebook it, IM it, or post it.

Click here to watch an excellent video for parents about Cyberbullying.

If you are concerned that your child is facing Cyberbullying or is participating in bullying another student, please contact the school counselor or principal.