Instructional Technology

The Instructional Technology Department helps improve student achievement and academic growth by integrating technology into the curriculum to increase academic opportunities. The department works closely with the Academic Services Department to enhance the curriculum and to increase 21st-century technology skills of all students and all staff members.

The team's technology specialists maintain network infrastructure, all user devices, numerous user systems as well as the student information system, Infinite Campus. The Technology Department also supports more than 11,000 users across the district with day to day technology problems. Providing a positive user experience with technology is the ultimate goal of the department, and with that will come positive teaching and learning.

The Instructional Technology Team

Kara Jackson
Kara Jackson
Executive Director of Academic Innovation and Instructional Technology
614.833.2110
Angie Raquepaw
Angie Raquepaw
Instructional Technology Coordinator
614.920.6157
Stephanie Howell
Stephanie Howell
Instructional Technology Coach
614.920.6140
Zachary Tullis
Zachary Tullis
Instructional Coach for Instructional Technology Department
(614) 920-6153

Technology Team

Andy Doss
Andy Doss
District Wide Director of Systems Technology
614.833.2110
Andrew Carlo
Andrew Carlo
Network Administrator
614.833.2110
Josh Tinsley
Josh Tinsley
Systems Technology Supervisor
614.920.6140
Michael
Michael "Minty" Plummer
Technology Technician Supervisor
614.920.6140
Brandon Amos
Brandon Amos
Technology Technician
614.833.2110
Austin Hoag
Austin Hoag
Systems Analyst
614.833.2110
Jacob Monhollen
Jacob Monhollen
Technology Technician
614.833.2110
Abdul Rahim
Abdul Rahim
Systems Analyst
614.833.2110
Emily Zagozdon
Emily Zagozdon
Technology Specialist
614.920.6149

Office of Information Management

Ron Denton
Ron Denton
Director of Information Management
614.833.2110
Kristie Volosin
Kristie Volosin
Database Analyst
614.920.6184
Bethany Thompson
Bethany Thompson
Data & Student Information Analyst
614.920.6182
Shelley Sakowski
Shelley Sakowski
Database Analyst
614.833.2110
Lasea Leasure
Lasea Leasure
EMIS Assistant Supervisor
614.833.2110

Resources & Forms for Students, Parents and Educators

FAQs and Help Desk Requests

Having a problem?

Click here to submit an  Infinite Campus Help Desk Ticket 

For Pickerington Schools staff submit a ticket to our Help Desk

For further assistance please contact the Technology Department at 614-920-6140.

Overarching Goals for Technology

• Improve student achievement and academic growth

• Enhance the curriculum

• Integrate technology into the curriculum to increase academic opportunities

• Increase 21st century technology skills of all students and all staff

• Every school will have the infrastructure to support learning with technology

• Utilize technology to expand the academic environment outside of the traditional school day

• Educate staff members on the importance instructional technology best practices and social media skills and give professional opportunities to all staff members.

Accessing Digital Content Through Classlink

Most of the digital content that Pickerington Schools uses is rostered through a program called Classlink.  To access Pickerington Schools’ digital content at home, please follow the below directions:

  • Download the Classlink app or go to the Classlink website
  • Login in by clicking on the “Sign in with Google” button
  • Use the student’s PLSD Google Username and Password.
  • If your student is in K-2nd Grade you might have been given a QR code to use to log in.
    • You will need to scan that QR code with your device’s camera.
  • Once you get into Classlink you will see the apps that have been rostered to your student.
Student Online Personal Information Protection Agreement

Pickerington Schools (“PLSD”) takes the protection of student data very seriously and PLSD adopts all reasonable measures to protect personally identifiable information (“PII”) about students.  PLSD asks each company that requests or is provided PII about students to agree to the terms of the following agreement.  The purpose of this agreement is to protect the students of PLSD. Accordingly, PLSD and operator hereby agree as follows:

This agreement applies to the operator in which PII of a PLSD student is:

  • Provided by a student or parent for PreK-12 school purposes;
  • Provided by PLSD, agents for the PLSD, or the Fairfield County Educational Service Center
  • Gathered by the operator through the operator’s services that clearly describes a PLSD student or identifies a  PLSD student.

The PII about students that is covered in this agreement includes, but is not limited to:

  • Information in the student’s educational record maintained by PLSD;
  • First and last name, home address, telephone number, email address, or other information that allows physical or online contact with the student and/or parent;
  • Date and place of birth;
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports;
  • Dates of attendance and graduation;
  • Discipline records, test results, special education data, juvenile dependency records, grades, and evaluations;
  • Criminal and/or juvenile court records, medical records, health records, social security number, any recognized disabilities;
  • Socioeconomic information, food purchases, 
  • Text messages, student identifiers, online search activity, photos, videos, voice recordings, or geolocation.
  • Personally identifiable student information as referenced in Ohio Revised Code 3319.321;
  • Information contained in student records as defined by 20 USC § 1232g and 34 CFR Part 99

The operator is prohibited from using PII student data to:

  • Conduct targeted advertising on their website, mobile application, etc or use targeted advertising on other websites, when such targeting is based on information (as defined above or persistent unique student identifiers) acquired by the operator because of the use of the operator’s website or mobile app.
  • Create or gathering information about PLSD PreK-12 students and using that collected information to create a profile of the PreK-12 students, except in cases when the information is used for PreK-12 school purposes.
  • Selling student’s PII (including information defined above).

If the operator utilizes a subcontractor or other third party vendor to manage students’ data then, the operator shall require the subcontractor or other third party to prohibit the use of any PII about PLSD students for any purpose other than providing the contracted service to, or on behalf of, the operator. Also, the operator shall require the subcontractor or other third party to prohibit the disclosure or sharing of any PII about PLSD students with subsequent third parties, and shall require the subcontractor to implement and maintain reasonable information and data security procedures and practices.

Aside from the non-disclosure of PII about PLSD students, operators will comply with the following security and deletion requirements:

  • Implement and maintain security procedures to protect PII about students from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure;
  • Operator shall not release PII about students without parental or student (if age 18 or older) consent, other than the release of such information to authorized subcontractors and other third parties who provide services to operator to support operator’s service to PLSD under this Agreement;
  • Delete all PII about students if PLSD requests deletion of data under the control of PLSD.
  • The operator will indemnify, defend and hold PLSD harmless from any damages, costs, losses (including loss of state or federal funding), fines, claims, demands, suits, actions or causes of action in law or in equity, in state or federal court, or before any administrative body that are caused by or arise out of operator’s breach of this Agreement.

Operator may use PII about PLSD students for the following purposes, as long as all aggregated or anonymized data must be adequately de-identified :

  • Maintain, develop and improve the operator’s website or mobile app;
  • Legitimate research purposes as required by state or federal law;
  • Using de-identified data to improve operator’s products;
  • Learning purpose, such as for adaptive learning;

All EdTech companies we contract with have signed the national or PLSD agreement. 

NOTE: This agreement is similar to the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) that was recently signed into law in California on January 1, 2016.  You may also view the Student Privacy Pledge online.

Every-1-Connected Program

Pickerington Schools is now offering a limited number of free wireless hotspot devices to students who have limited or no internet access at home.

Every-1-Connected is a program sponsored by Pickerington Schools. It gives students with the greatest need the opportunity to borrow a free “hotspot” from their school media centers for two-week periods during the school year. 

Mobile hotspots allow free access to the internet. The devices are helpful when students know they will be working on a big assignment over a weekend or for a few days when Wi-Fi is required for completion. Multiple students can sign on to a single hotspot, so students are asked to coordinate use for group projects. 

Both the device and monthly service fees are fully paid by the district and through a grant. The program is intended to help district students access online resources at home to help bridge the digital divide and ensure educational equity.

To ensure peace of mind for parents, these devices use internet content filtering and browsing history is recorded. Only one device may be borrowed per household, but these devices can be signed out repeatedly throughout the year, based on availability.

For students to participate in this program, parents must complete this form. By signing this form, the parent agrees to assume all responsibility for equipment checked out to the student. A replacement fee of $150 will be charged if the device is lost, damaged or not returned. The existing district Technology Protection Plan can cover the cost of any damaged hotspot devices, but damage(s) due to intentional reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered.

Steps for Obtaining a Hotspot

  1. Complete the application and return it to your child’s media center.
  2. Applications will be approved by the district Technology staff. Approval will be given to those students who meet financial eligibility guidelines.
  3. If the application is approved, the student will be called to the media center and a hotspot will be issued. All checkouts will be for two weeks. Checkouts can be renewed if hotspots are available.
  4. Students bring the device home and connect to their district-provided iPad or Chromebook. 
  5. All devices must be returned before the end of the school year.

Who is eligible to participate

This program is open to Pickerington School students who are fully enrolled in one of the 15 district buildings. Priority will be given to students on the free/reduced lunch list and who have little to no household internet access. The district reserves the right to loan devices to any student who shows a need.

Is there a cost?

Borrowing a hotspot is free. There are no fees for the device or the service. If the device is lost, stolen, or damaged, a $150 fee will be charged to parents.  The district Technology Protection Plan can cover any possible damages, but it will not cover the cost if the device is lost or stolen and will not cover damage(s) due to intentional reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct.

Rules of use

  • Hotspots are provided and maintained by Pickerington Schools. If problems occur while using the hotspot, contact the school’s media center for technical support.
  • The borrower is responsible for ensuring the hotspot is not damaged, lost, or stolen. The replacement cost for the hotspot is $150. The school media center specialist/aide should be notified immediately of any damaged, lost, or stolen hotspot.
  • Hotspots are provided for educational use. Users must adhere to the rules listed here, as well as those included in the district Acceptable Use Policy and the district Student Handbook.
  • Hotspots must be returned to Pickerington Schools at the end of the renewal period, upon the request of district administration, or upon withdrawal from the district.
  • Hotspots are for use by students enrolled in Pickerington Schools only and should only be used on school-issued devices.
  • Bypassing the internet filter, resetting the hotspot, or reconfiguring the hotspot is strictly prohibited and cause for immediate removal from the district’s Every-1-Connected program. This behavior also will be subject to possible school discipline.

Every-1-Connected Program Application (PDF)

Every-1-Connected Program Application (RTF)

Digital Content, Programs and Applications Available to Students

Here is our public portal displaying all of the digital content, programs, and applications available to students.

PLSD Public Portal

One2One Information and Resources

Overview of the One2One Program

Every student in Pickerington Schools will be loaned a device (iPad or Chromebook).  

  • Devices are the property of Pickerington Schools.
  • Students will retain the same device for four years. It is the student’s responsibility to keep the device in proper working order and good physical condition.
  • Students need to charge the device at home.  No charging will be allowed at school. All devices have an 8-12 hour battery to last throughout the school day.  All power cords need to stay at home.
  • PLSD offers a yearly Technology Protection Plan to help cover the cost against accidental damage. More information is below in the Technology Protection Plan section.
  • All devices are filtered 24/7 against inappropriate websites.  Alerts will be sent to administrators about inappropriate use. Teachers have the ability to monitor student use throughout the day.
  • The PLSD Acceptable Use Policy is effective 24/7 when using these devices.
  • Printing will not be allowed on these devices, as part of the plan is to share documents digitally and use less paper.
  • Students are only permitted to download the apps that have been approved by the instructional technology department. 
  • Students may put stickers on their cases as long as they are not covering the serial number, asset tag, or PLSD log.  Also, stickers cannot interfere with the functionality of the device.
  • If your device becomes lost or stolen, please let the media center specialist or aide of your school know ASAP.  We can track your device, but we only activate that on devices that have been reported as lost or stolen.
  • All devices will be collected during the last two weeks of the school year.  
Student Device Handbook

Ownership of the Device

Pickerington Schools retains the sole right of ownership and possession of the device. The device is assigned to the student for educational purposes only for the academic year. Moreover, Pickerington Schools’ administrative staff and faculty retain the right to collect, monitor, and/or inspect the device at any time, including via electronic remote access, and to monitor student work or to alter, add or delete installed software or hardware.

Please the section below about the Pickerington Schools One2One Device Agreement.

Student’s Responsibilities

Students and their parent/guardian are solely responsible for the device issued to them and must adhere to the following:

    • Students must comply with the District’s Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Device Handbook (in section below) when using their device.
    • Students must bring their device to school every day and make sure it is fully charged. Failure to do so may result in loss of instruction.
      • Note: A fully charged device should last at least 8 hours.
    • Students must treat their device with care and never leave it in an unsecured location.
    • Students must report any problems with their device to the media center as soon as possible.
    • Students may not remove or interfere with the serial number and other identification tags.
    • Students may not attempt to remove or change the physical structure of the device, including the keys, screen cover or plastic casing.
    • Students may not attempt to install or run any operating system on the device other than the ChromeOS or iOS operating system supported by the district.

Responsibility for Electronic Data

    • Students are solely responsible for any apps or extensions on their device that is not installed by a member of the Pickerington Schools Instructional Technology staff or by classroom educators.
    • Students are responsible for backing up their data to protect from loss. This includes securing passwords to protect data.
    • Users of District Technology have no rights, ownership, or expectations of privacy to any data that is, or was, stored on the device, school network, or any school­-issued applications, and are given no guarantees that data will be retained or destroyed.

Devices Left At Home

If students leave their device at home, they are responsible for getting the coursework completed as if they had their device present. A loaner device will not be provided. If a student repeatedly leaves his/her device at home, he/she will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Protecting Your Data and Files

Students are responsible for the appropriateness of all files, data, and internet history on their device. Although these devices will be logged and filtered on and off campus, it is still the responsibility of the student to use good judgment when accessing or transmitting data.  Do not take photos or video of other students or staff without their permission. The possessing, forwarding or uploading of unauthorized data, photos, audio or video to any website, network storage area, or person is strictly forbidden. Do not access another individual’s materials, information, or files without permission.

Cost of Repairs/Replacement

Pickerington Schools recognizes that with the implementation of the One2One initiative, there is a need to protect the investment by both the District and the student/parent. Therefore, we have set the following charges in place, which are subject to change.

Pickerington School s has created the Technology Protection Plan. See the section below for more specific details about the Technology Protection Plan.

If you do not select the Technology Protection Plan, you will be responsible for paying for the needed equipment, repair or replacement of the device. The prices do not include labor, which ranges from $15 – $50. You will be issued one charger with your device. The Technology Protection Plan does not cover the charger if the charger is lost or damaged. Total replacement cost for the device is $300, plus the cost of the charger if needed.

The following will be considered damage(s) due to intentional reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered by the Technology Protection Plan.

    • Key Removal (with or without rubber stopper being intact)
      • Keys do not fall off without force being applied to them to break the parts that hold them in place. Key removal is indicative of picking at the device and removing keys. Rubber nubs under the keys are connected below the plastics and metals of each key, and do not come off without being pulled or picked at.
      • The Chromebook models after 2016 have tabs to keep keys under the bezel of the keyboard. The tabs or bezel must be pulled up for keys to come off. 
    • Rubber Removal
      • Rubber around the device and on the bottom cover is adhered with adhesives and has notches and rubber nubs that hold it in place. These parts do not just fall off, they must be pulled or picked to separate them from the plastics they are attached to.
    • Coloring, Drawing, or Writing on the device.
      • Cleaning fines will be applied for any markings on the device. If they can not be removed due to the medium used to color, draw, or writing being permanent, there will be a cost to replace those affected parts.
      • Harsh chemicals cannot be used to clean off devices as it causes further damage to the plastics.
    • Etching or carving
      • Any etching or carving on a device will be considered intentional.

Vandalism and Theft

In cases of theft, vandalism, and other criminal acts, a police report must be filed by the student or parent as soon as possible (within 48 hours after the theft or vandalism is discovered).  The police report must be presented to the building principal and a technology help desk ticket must be entered at the Media Center.  Further, students/parents must contact their building principal ASAP after the device is determined to be stolen, lost or vandalized. There is geo-location software that can be activated by the technology department once the principal is notified.

Technical Issues/Damage/Loss

Take your device to your school’s media center if you experience any technical problems or damage. If it cannot be fixed at that time, a loaner device may be issued to you, if available. All device policy agreements and technology protection plan will remain in effect for the loaner device.

Audio & Sound

The sound must be muted at all times, unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. Earbuds/headphones may be used in the classroom-based only upon individual teacher approval.

Device Identification

Student devices will be labeled in the manner specified by the district. Devices can be identified based on the serial number. Asset numbers and the Pickerington Schools logo have been etched onto the top of Chromebooks. Do not remove or cover any identifying labels or markings.

Personalizing Devices

Students are permitted to place school appropriate stickers on the top of their Chromebooks only. The presence of weapons, alcohol, drug or gang-related symbols or pictures are not permitted per school/district policies.  Stickers cannot cover the Pickerington Schools logo or the asset tag number.  Stickers are not permitted on the sides or bottom of the Chromebook. 3D stickers, puffy stickers, or rhinestone and gemstones are not permitted as they can cause damage to the device. 

Students are permitted to install school appropriate personal apps on their devices.  If storage on the device becomes an issue, all school required applications have a priority over student downloads and may require the student to uninstall personal apps.

No stickers are permitted on the iPads.

Device Collection

Any student who withdraws, terminates enrollment, or is expelled, must return their device and accessories immediately.  If a student fails to return the device and/or accessories the student/parent will be billed for the replacement cost of the device and/or accessory.  Any device not returned or immediately paid for in full will be considered stolen property and law enforcement will be notified.

Care of the Device

The device is the property of Pickerington Schools and all users will follow these rules and the Acceptable Use Policy.  Students are responsible at all times for the care of the device to which they are assigned. 

  • Use a microfiber or clean soft cloth to clean your display and keyboard on a regular basis. Do not use paper towels or wet wipes.
  • If further cleaning is needed, use isopropyl alcohol wipes or a dry soft cloth only. Household cleaners or household wipes can cause damage to the device.
  • If you sneeze or cough on the device please wipe it off; see the sections above about cleaning.
  • Keep all foods and liquids away from the device. Eating or drinking over the device can cause damage if liquids or food get on the device, especially the keyboard.
  • Do not leave the Chromebook in an unsecured location as this could result in the loss or theft of the device. This includes leaving the device in a car. Extreme heat or cold can also harm the device.
  • Under no circumstances should devices be left in unsupervised areas including school grounds, athletic fields/areas, cafeterias, computer labs, classrooms, dressing rooms, and hallways. Unsupervised devices will be confiscated and disciplinary action may be taken.
  • Stickers may not be placed on the trackpad, keyboard, camera, or bottom cover and may not be covering the device etchings. Stickers containing profanity, guns, violence, or drugs will be reported to building administration and promptly removed.
  • Completely power off the device at least once a month. Hold down the power button until the screen goes black and stays off. Once restarted, install any available updates.
  • Use Gopher Buddy to check for updates every couple of weeks. If it has a red exclamation point on the icon, please install the available update.
  • Students will not have the opportunity to charge their devices at school, devices are to come to school, each day, charged to 100%.
  • Too much pressure may crack the screen or cause internal damage. Avoid placing anything on top of the device or placing it in an overstuffed locker or book bag.
  • Keep all rubber, keys, serial numbers, and logos of the device intact. If removed this will be considered intentional damage.
  • Keep liquids out of your backpack when the Chromebook is in it. If the device is inside your backpack please treat your backpack with care to avoid damage to the device.
  • When walking with the Chromebook always keep the lid closed and use both hands to hold.
  • If the device is left on the floor, a chair, or sofa there could be significant damage from stepping or sitting on the device. Please keep the device off of these surfaces.
  • Drawing, writing, or etching on the device using pencil, marker, paint, nail polish, or any other implement will result in a fine for cleaning; etching will result in a fine for the replacement of the damaged part.
  • When carrying the Chromebook on top of your books please be careful the device does not slide off. Place any three-ring-binders on top of the device to avoid an uneven surface.
  • Gently close the lid of the device and ensure nothing, including pencils or other objects, are in between the keyboard and display.
  • All repairs must be completed by the Pickerington Schools Technology Department. Attempting to repair the device or taking it elsewhere could result in intentional damage fines.

Transporting Devices

When transporting the device between classes or outside the building, you are required to close the lid.  Never walk with the device open.  Students are required to take their devices home every day after school, regardless of whether or not they are needed.

Passwords

Students will be required to maintain an updated password on their device.  Students may never share, distribute, or otherwise allow other students access to their password.  At any time, a parent, teacher, or school administrator may request and obtain the password and access to the device.

Chromebook FAQ’s

Q. What is a Chromebook?

A. “Chromebooks are mobile devices designed specifically for people who live on the web. With a comfortable, full-sized keyboard, large display and clickable trackpad, all-day battery life, lightweight and built-in ability to connect to Wi-Fi and mobile broadband networks, the Chromebooks are ideal for any time, anywhere access to the web.”

Q. What kind of software does a Chromebook run?

A. “Chromebooks run thousands of web-based applications, or web apps, that open right in the browser. You can access web apps by typing their URL into the address bar or by installing them instantly from the Chrome Web Store.”  Chromebooks are able to run Android apps.

Q. How are these web-based applications managed?

A. Each Chromebook we provide to students will be a managed device. Members of the Pickerington School District Technology Department will maintain devices through our Google Apps for Education account.

Q. Can the Chromebook be used anywhere at any time?

A. Yes, as long as you have a WIFI signal to access the web. There is an offline option, as well, when using Google Drive, and when students enter a wi-fi connection, it syncs again with the student’s Google account.

Q. Will our Chromebook have 3G/Cellular Signal?

A. No. The district Chromebooks will not have 3G broadband or a cellular signal.

Q. Is there antivirus software included with the Chromebooks?

A. At this time, there is not as all of the data is stored in the cloud, there is no need for antivirus software. They do, however, come with web filtering.

Q. How long will the Chromebook run on a fully charged battery?

A. Chromebooks have a rated battery life of 8-10 hours. However, we do expect that students charge them each evening to ensure maximum performance during the school day without interruption of use.

Technology Protection Plan for One2One Devices for Grades K-12

Technology Protection Plan for Grades K-12

Please read this entire document to determine if this plan is needed for you and your child’s protection against the cost of damage to the loaned device (Chromebook or iPad) in your care. This plan is available for all students grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.

Coverage and Benefit

This annual agreement covers the Chromebook or iPad (“device”) loaned to the student against any accidental damage and/or repair costs. This agreement costs $40 per device per school year for a total of $400 worth of repairs, replacement and/or labor costs. Any costs above and beyond $400 will the responsibility of the parents/guardians/student. The charger is NOT covered and is the sole responsibility of the student/parent. Coverage is 24 hours per day. Damage(s) due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered. Lost devices will not be covered by the technology protection plan. Stolen devices will be covered by the technology protection plan as long as the parent/guardian submits to PLSD a filed police report for the stolen device. The PLSD Technology Protection Plan 2022-2023 will cover damage and repairs for loaner devices but will count towards the total allowed for the TPP.

Effective Date and Expiration

Coverage is effective from the date this technology protection plan is purchased through Infinite Campus. Subject to immediate termination for the failure to timely pay the premium, the coverage shall end on the date that the device is required to be returned to the school, whether or not that device is returned to the school by that date. This is an annual plan.

Premium & How to Purchase the Technology Protection Plan

The premium cost is $40 for the 2021-22 school year, for this OPTIONAL coverage, and the premium will not be prorated. This premium will be added to your child’s account at the start of the school year.  Payment is due by September 24, 2021 for the plan to be in effect.  Coverage will be removed for those students whose parents/guardians do not pay this premium by September 24, 2021.  Payment may be made via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, or at your child’s school.

The Technology Protection Plan is non-refundable. Administration, in its sole discretion, will determine if damages were due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct (please see PLSD Technology website for more specific information). This is an annual plan, previously purchased PLSD Technology Protection Plans will NOT cover the new school year. The Technology Protection Plan is not subject to waiver for free and reduced students as it is totally an OPTIONAL fee; students/parents are NOT required to have this coverage.

A reminder this is an annual plan and does NOT extend from one school year to the next.

Student Enrolling After the Start of the School Year: Purchasing the TPP

If you are new to the District after September 24, 2021, log in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and under the fees section, there is an optional purchase, Technology Protection Plan.  Purchase and pay for the plan for it to be active. Reminder this is an annual plan and does NOT extend from one school year to the next.

If the Technology Protection Plan is NOT Purchased
All damages and replacement parts will be charged at the current market rate with a labor fine of $15-$50 determined by the repair.  Damage fine without the Technology Protection Plan will range between $15 – $300.  If the cost of the damage exceeds $300, then a new device will be issued at the cost of $300.  All damage, replacement parts and labor costs will be applied through the parent portal in Infinite Campus. Additionally, when a student is provided a loaner device all of the regulations apply for proper care of loaner devices, any damage to the loaner device will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.

If Your Device is Damaged (if you have the Technology Protection Plan or Not)
Take your device to the Media Center and inform the Media Center Specialist/Aide what the issue is with the device.  A loaner device will be supplied during the time in which your issued device is being repaired.  Loaner devices are only available to students that have submitted a damaged device to the Media Center.

Any questions or concerns about fines should be addressed by calling our Technology Fee Inquiry staff at (614) 834-2109. 

How to Protect Your Chromebook

With starting a new school year the Technology Team wanted to remind you of a few things as you take your devices home.

Please keep the things below in mind going forward.

Care of the Device

The device is the property of Pickerington Schools and all users will follow these rules and the Acceptable Use Policy.  Students are responsible at all times for the care of the device to which they are assigned. 

  • Use a microfiber or clean soft cloth to clean your display and keyboard on a regular basis. Do not use paper towels or wet wipes.
  • If further cleaning is needed, use isopropyl alcohol wipes or a dry soft cloth only. Household cleaners or household wipes can cause damage to the device.
  • If you sneeze or cough on the device please wipe it off; see the sections above about cleaning.
  • Keep all foods and liquids away from the device. Eating or drinking over the device can cause damage if liquids or food get on the device, especially the keyboard.
  • Do not leave the Chromebook in an unsecured location as this could result in the loss or theft of the device. This includes leaving the device in a car. Extreme heat or cold can also harm the device.
  • Under no circumstances should devices be left in unsupervised areas including school grounds, athletic fields/areas, cafeterias, computer labs, classrooms, dressing rooms, and hallways. Unsupervised devices will be confiscated and disciplinary action may be taken.
  • Stickers may not be placed on the trackpad, keyboard, camera, or bottom cover and may not be covering the device etchings. Stickers containing profanity, guns, violence, or drugs will be reported to building administration and promptly removed.
  • Completely power off the device at least once a month. Hold down the power button until the screen goes black and stays off. Once restarted, install any available updates.
  • Use Gopher Buddy to check for updates every couple of weeks. If it has a red exclamation point on the icon, please install the available update.
  • Students will not have the opportunity to charge their devices at school, devices are to come to school, each day, charged to 100%.
  • Too much pressure may crack the screen or cause internal damage. Avoid placing anything on top of the device or placing it in an overstuffed locker or book bag.
  • Keep all rubber, keys, serial numbers, and logos of the device intact. If removed this will be considered intentional damage.
  • Keep liquids out of your backpack when the Chromebook is in it. If the device is inside your backpack please treat your backpack with care to avoid damage to the device.
  • When walking with the Chromebook always keep the lid closed and use both hands to hold.
  • If the device is left on the floor, a chair, or sofa there could be significant damage from stepping or sitting on the device. Please keep the device off of these surfaces.
  • Drawing, writing, or etching on the device using pencil, marker, paint, nail polish, or any other implement will result in a fine for cleaning; etching will result in a fine for the replacement of the damaged part.
  • When carrying the Chromebook on top of your books please be careful the device does not slide off. Place any three-ring-binders on top of the device to avoid an uneven surface.
  • Gently close the lid of the device and ensure nothing, including pencils or other objects, are in between the keyboard and display.
  • All repairs must be completed by the PLSD Technology Department. Attempting to repair the device or taking it elsewhere could result in intentional damage fines.
Device Agreement for One2One Devices

This form must be signed by a parent/guardian and the student before the One2One device will be issued – Device Agreement (PDF)| Device Agreement (RTF).  Please print out a copy and bring the completed form during the device handout days.

One device and charger (“equipment”) are being loaned to the student and are in good working order. It is the student’s and parent/guardian’s responsibility to care for the equipment and ensure that it is maintained in a safe environment. The equipment is, and at all times remains, the property of Pickerington Local School District (PLSD) and is herewith loaned to the student for educational purposes.

Student Agreement:

I will follow the expectations outlined in the Device Handbook and the PLSD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at all times.

  • I agree to immediately return the equipment in good working condition upon the District’s request or withdrawal from the school district.
  • I assume full responsibility of the issued equipment at all times
  • I acknowledge that the handbook is to be used as a guide and does not attempt to address every required or prohibited behavior by its users.
  • I understand that this equipment is the property of PLSD and PLSD has the right to search and/or monitor the equipment issued to me and the digital use on the equipment and PLSD accounts.

Parent/Guardian Agreement:

  • I, on behalf of my minor child (student above), acknowledge and agree to all of the terms set forth about under “Student Agreement.”
  • I will be responsible for the equipment repair or replacement costs as specified in the Device Handbook and/or I will purchase the PLSD Technology Protection Plan.
  • I acknowledge that my student and I are to follow the expectations in the Device Handbook and the PLSD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and that a violation of these guidelines could result in the student facing disciplinary action.
  • I will be responsible for monitoring my student’s use of the Internet when he/she is not at school.
  • I agree to immediately return the equipment in good working condition upon the District’s request or withdrawal from the school district, whichever occurs first.
  • I acknowledge that the handbook is to be used as a guide and does not attempt to address every required or prohibited behavior by its users.
Device Login Information

All PLSD students are issued a Google account.  Their email/account is their first name_last name and the last three digits of their student ID# @students.plsd.us (example: robert_ross123@students.plsd.us).  The password for students in grades K-5 will be their student ID#+00 (example: 80212300). Students in grade 5 will need to create a new unique password (with at least one capital letter, one lowercase letter, one number and one unique symbol).  Students in grades 6-12 should continue to use the same password as they did last year. 

If your Google Password does not work and you would like the technology team to reset it, please fill out the following form including an email of a parent or guardian.  The technology team will reset it and will email a parent/guardian your new temporary password. 

https://tinyurl.com/iforgotPLSD

For the iPads, students do not have a direct password, but at some point in time we will require that all students with an iPad create a passcode (more information about that coming later). 

We will continue to use Classlink as our main platform for all digital content and software.  Students can log in using their Google account information and for students in K-4 we will provide their Classlink Quickcard to use as well.  Also, later this year, we will launch the ability to login with Classlink with facial recognition (students will be shown this option later in the school year).

Parenting in the Digital World: Hints, Tips and Tricks for Social Media

Introduction

Does your student have a phone or other new piece of technology? Are your students always on their phones, tablets, or devices? Please click on the pages below for some helpful parenting tips to navigate technology with your student.

After a recent study on the impact of social media on kids and families, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported that there could be benefits to children using sites like Facebook. Those benefits include increased communication, access to information, and help in developing a sense of self. But, there can be serious downsides to all this online sharing, too.

Social networking is on the rise. The study found that 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day, and 75 percent own cell phones. This level of engagement online increases the risks of cyberbullying, “Facebook depression” (a new phenomenon where “de-friending” and online bullying lead to symptoms of depression), exposure to inappropriate content, and sexting.

Just as we prepare our kids for life in the real world, we should prepare them for life in the online world.

Smart Practices for Parents in the Digital World

No Underage Facebooking

Did you know that no one under the age of 13 is permitted to join Facebook? Of course, there is no real way for Facebook to truly enforce this limit, because everyone can lie about age. That’s why it’s up to parents to ensure their children stay away from Facebook until 13 – and until you as a parent are comfortable with them having an account.

Check the Device’s Privacy Settings

Check that the privacy settings for the Internet and Facebook on your children’s digital devices are set to the strictest levels. Depending on which browser you are using, you can adjust settings directly from the “options” tab. Adjust levels on things such as cookies, third party sites, and more. This protects the computer user as well as the computer from the threat of viruses.

Checking Facebook privacy settings is easy, too. Ensure that you are up to speed on Facebook’s privacy policy and make any changes you deem necessary.

Create Ground Rules

If your kids are old enough to use the computer on their own, they are old enough to understand that there are rules they need to follow. Breaking those rules should not have a lesser consequence than if they broke a rule in the offline world. One way for families to agree on ground rules is to create a contract that all parties must sign. The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) encourages parents and kids to have an open discussion about what these rules mean, and offers a good example of a contract here.

Learn Your Child’s Habits

You don’t need to be a super sleuth and spy on your kid’s every online move, but it is important to be aware of the people they are associating with and the kinds of sites they are frequenting. After all, you get to know the friends they are hanging out with at school; knowing their online friends shouldn’t be any different. Parents should require full access to their children’s Facebook friends and the ability to take a look whenever they wish.

Keep Computers in a Central Location

It’s much easier to keep tabs on online activity when computers are located in a high-traffic zone rather than in the privacy of a child’s own room. Place computers in a central location like your kitchen or family room so everything is out in the open.

Teach Children to Avoid Online Questionnaires, Free Giveaways and Contests

A pop-up ad appears and tells kids they can win a free iPad by simply clicking the link. Anyone would be tempted by this kind of offer, but kids are particularly susceptible. It’s important to warn kids against falling for this kind of Internet trick. Many of these ruses are attempts to glean personal information or to download malware to digital devices. Teach children that even if a friend forwards a fun online questionnaire, it’s best to close the window and not participate.

Monitor Pictures Your Children Post Online

In an ideal world, your children would never post photos of themselves online, but that might not be entirely realistic. If children want to share photos with their friends via email or a social networking site, be sure you know exactly which pictures are being posted. Make sure the content of the photo is completely innocuous and that no identifiable locales are noticeable in the background.

Set a Good Example

If parents are tweeting and updating their Facebook pages at a stoplight or taking every opportunity to “just check something,” they are setting a poor precedent for social media use that children will surely follow. Always ask yourself if you’re setting a good example and demonstrating proper technology etiquette as well.

Limit Cell Phone Use

Parents should limit cell phone use, just as they would limit use of a computer, TV or gaming system. Only allow cell phone use at certain hours in the evening or after homework has been completed.

If you have teens of driving age, teach them that under no circumstances should cell phones ever be used while driving. (For underage teens in Ohio, this is a primary offense, meaning police can pull drivers over for texting while driving.) Phones should be kept off or in the glove compartment so incoming text sounds aren’t a distraction.

Teach Kids about their Online Reputation

What is posted online stays online forever. Many kids don’t understand the permanence of the images and messages they post online. They also don’t understand that there are no secrets in social media. Parents should talk to their children about the impact posting inappropriate messages and images could have if a future college administrator or employer were to find them.

Talk to Kids about Online Dangers

You may feel like you’re scaring your kids when talking to them about the dangers of being online, but it’s better for them to be scared than to be unaware. Having an open line of communication is crucial the minute your kids start using the Internet more independently.

Social Media in the Classroom

Social media, when used correctly, can a powerful tool for students and teachers in the classroom. There is a myth that if students are allowed to use social media in the classroom, then students will do nothing but tweet, send messages and chat while we are trying to teach. Social media if used properly can allow students, teachers and parents the greater ability to communication, collaborate, and think critically.

Here are a few ways in which some of our teachers are using social media in the classroom:

  1. Tweet or post status updates as a class. Teachers let students propose nuggets of learning that are posted for parents to read. Many teachers and administrators are tweeting about the positive things going on in the District.
  2. Connect to other classrooms through social media. Teachers have connected with other classrooms in other countries to discuss social studies and diversity issues.
  3. Students are creating videos and sharing them via YouTube.
  4. Teachers are using social media to connect with other teachers around the world to create personal learning networks (PLNs) that allow teachers to learn from each other.
  5. Numerous teachers and administrators have blogs in which they post updates for events and activities in their classroom or buildings.
  6. Numerous teachers have created Facebook groups that are specifically for their classes, in which students can communicate in forming study groups or project groups.
  7. Teachers are using Pinterest to find creative projects to use with their students.
  8. Teachers are using Skype to communicate with authors, business professionals and people of interest.