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Parent Technology Resources


Overview

It's no great revelation. Technology has opened doors to students in a way that previous generations could only dream of having. Instead of searching through card catalogs, students can ask Siri or Alexa to look up information on their behalf.

Learning with and through technology provides a lot of wonderful opportunities for innovation, creativity, and more. Technology can engage, expand, and supplement student learning across the curriculum - when done properly. But, there are also many more dangers that students face through technology.

This page is designed to provide some resources, suggestions, and tools to help parents and guardians navigate through technology in a responsible way.


 

Tech Tools

Apps to help with distraction


Find My iPhone (Mac Laptops)- Enabling this tracking via a smartphone is as simple as activating through your iCloud accounts. It works for iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks.
Prey Project (all platforms)- Offers a free version of their tracking software that runs hidden in the background.Track your laptop if lost or stolen.
Self Control (Mac)- Self Control is a free tool that student input their "time suck" or distracting sites and set a timer that will block them from those sites while they work for a time they determine.
Cold Turkey (Windows)- Cold Turkey is a free tool that student input their "time suck" or distracting sites and set a timer that will block them from those sites while they work for a time they determine.

Managing Smartphones

Check out the work of Tristan Harris through the video here. He also has some great tips for taking control of your phone.

Device Contracts & Agreements

For the past five years, De La Salle has talked with parents about effective parenting with technology. One of the key elements is open and honest discussions about device use, rules, and expectations.

De La Salle's Director of Educational Technology recommends resources found at Common Sense Media on managing teen screen time:

There, you can also download a

Family Device Contract from Common Sense Media HERE

Good & Bad App Guide for Parents


Stil unsure of what apps your son should have/be using? Check out more resources from Josh Ochs here: www.safesmartsocial.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the school's device policy?

Use of Electronic Devices, Computer Services, Internet Access, and Resources:

De La Salle High School believes in the use of technology to engage, expand, and supplement student learning across the curriculum. We seek to make learning more accessible and relevant, to ignite our student’s natural desire to learn, and to prepare them for college and a rapidly changing world where the information landscape is networked, digital, and overwhelmingly abundant.

We continue to develop policies and procedures for the proper and effective use of educational technology devices on campus. Possibilities within and beyond classrooms will be discussed. Students and parents will be invited to weigh in on these matters.

Starting in 2018-19, De La Salle High School operates within a “Bring Your Own Laptop” (BYOL) Environment. The extent of device use will vary according to the nature of the course. Students are encouraged and will sometimes be directed to use devices for academic work in their classes. Students may use one of several types of devices, such as a laptop, netbook, or tablet. Chromebooks are not supported nor recommended.

As a BYOL school, De La Salle maintains a robust wireless network for student use. Students are encouraged to pair their devices with the school network to access the full range of tools and resources they may need to complete academic work.

Please review the DLS Student-Parent Handbook for the full electronic device policy.

What is the school's learning management system (LMS), and can a parent have access?

Schoology is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at both De La Salle and Carondelet. An LMS is where teachers share course information and content like handouts, notes, and assignments. It is also one of the ways in which we share daily announcements and club reminders.

For grades, PowerSchool is our gradebook of record and records absences, family information (collected during the summer Information Updates and Agreements process), and more.


While parents are automatically given access to PowerSchool, at the moment, parents must request access to Schoology. Please complete the Google Form below to receive a Parent Access Code.

Once you have that code, here is a link (through Schoology) about how to create your account.

And finally, here is a guide to help familiarize you with the Schoology platform.


To request your Parent Access Code, please fill out & submit this form:

What type of laptop should my son have?

Students are asked to bring a laptop each day and that meets the following minimum requirements:

  • Windows laptop: Microsoft Windows 7 (service pack 1) or higher; Windows “hybrids” such as the Surface Pro 3 or higher are acceptable. Mac laptop: Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher.
    • De La Salle does not recommend a particular brand of laptop; roughly 50% of our students use Mac devices and 50% use Windows. Please consider a laptop that is a good value for durability. Lenovo and Dell (the Latitude series 3340/3380 are used on campus) make some very durable and price-conscious models. For further recommendations, check out these links:
    • Please note: Google Chromebooks and tablets such as iPads, readers (Kindles, Amazon Fire), and smart phones are NOT sufficient for day-to-day academic use and not acceptable as DLS devices.
  • Students qualifying for financial aid will be eligible for use of/access to a long-term loaned device.
    • If your family qualifies for financial aid, please contact Mr. Jay Juarez, Director of IT to request a laptop: juarezj@dlshs.org.
  • De La Salle will provide a student license for the Microsoft Office/365 suite to all students. This includes a downloadable version compatible with Mac & Window laptops- there is no need to purchase additional office tools when purchasing your son's laptop.
  • Protective sleeve or case
  • Headphones/ear buds
  • It is highly recommended that families acquire an extended warranty that includes accidental damage protection (i.e., GeekSquad, HP Care Pack Services, etc.), which covers against drops, breaks, and spills (the most common damage). Also note that AppleCare does NOT include accidental damage protection. Please check with your home insurance provider for coverage or a third party provider such as SquareTrade.

Please note:

Because transitioning from middle school to high school is complicated in and of itself, have students bring a laptop they are currently using (if applicable); there is no need to go out and buy a new laptop if the existing laptop meets the standard. Perhaps a discussion and decision to purchase a newer device can be had after your son has experienced a semester of school at De La Salle and is in a better position to judge what type of laptop will complement his workload.

Why can't students use a smartphone or tablet?

Our piloting experimentation and experience over the last four years have shown that while smartphones and tablets (iPad, Surface, Galaxy) or Chromebooks tend to be cheaper and lighter weight, they haven’t proven robust enough to handle all the academic work students will encounter in high school (such as writing papers & creating presentations) or may have some limitations with applications that laptops don’t have.

We have found smartphones/tablets to be great companion, especially to access content, but are far more “clunky” for producing work. Laptops have emerged as the most robust for everyday use. However, “hybrid” devices such as the Surface Pro 3 (and not lower) have entered the realm as laptops and ARE acceptable devices.

What are some tech tools that my student and I can use?


Find My iPhone (Mac Laptops)- Enabling this tracking via a smartphone is as simple as activating through your iCloud accounts. It works for iPhones, iPads, and Macbooks.
Prey Project (all platforms)- Offers a free version of their tracking software that runs hidden in the background.Track your laptop if lost or stolen.
Self Control (Mac)- Self Control is a free tool that student input their "time suck" or distracting sites and set a timer that will block them from those sites while they work for a time they determine.
Cold Turkey (Windows)- Cold Turkey is a free tool that student input their "time suck" or distracting sites and set a timer that will block them from those sites while they work for a time they determine.

Does DLS provide software or licenses for students?

  • De La Salle will provide a student license for the Microsoft Office/365 suite to all students. This includes a downloadable version compatible with Mac & Window laptops - there is no need to purchase additional office tools when purchasing your son's laptop.
  • Protective sleeve or case
  • Headphones/ear buds
  • It is highly recommended that families acquire an extended warranty that includes accidental damage protection (i.e., GeekSquad, HP Care Pack Services, etc.), which covers against drops, breaks, and spills (the most common damage). Also note that AppleCare does NOT include accidental damage protection. Please check with your home insurance provider for coverage or a third party provider such as SquareTrade.


Because transitioning from middle school to high school is complicated in and of itself, have students bring a laptop they are currently using (if applicable); there is no need to go out and buy a new laptop if the existing laptop meets the standard. Perhaps a discussion and decision to purchase a newer device can be had after your son has experienced a semester of school at De La Salle and is in a better position to judge what type of laptop will complement his workload.

Why can’t students bring/use a tablet or smartphone?

Our piloting experimentation and experience over the last four years have shown that while smartphones and tablets (iPad, Surface, Galaxy) or Chromebooks tend to be cheaper and lighter weight, but haven’t proven robust enough to handle all the academic work students will encounter in high school (such as writing papers & creating presentations) or may have some limitations with applications that laptops don’t. We have found smartphones/tablets to be great companion and adequate devices or for access to content, but more “clunky” for producing work. Laptops have emerged as the most robust for everyday use. However, “hybrid” devices such as the Surface Pro 3 (and not lower) have entered the realm as laptops and ARE acceptable devices.

What about students who don’t currently have a device or can’t bring it to DLS?

De La Salle High School recognizes that not all students have the resources to acquire devices. Students qualifying for financial aid will be eligible for use of/access to a long-term loaned device. Contact Mr. Jay Juarez, IT Director, if you qualify for a loaned device: juarezj@dlshs.org

What if my son does not have access to a laptop?

De La Salle recognizes that not all students have the resources to acquire devices.

Students qualifying for financial aid will be eligible for use of/access to a long-term loaned device. Contact Mr. Jay Juarez, IT Director, if you qualify for a loaned device.