The Springfield School District is committed to technology integration. The Technology Department accomplishes this goal by creating and maintaining a technical environment which empowers our stakeholders; the faculty, staff, students and communities of Springfield and Morton. Our department manages all areas of technology related to the web, helpdesk support, purchasing, information systems, networking infrastructure and network security to support District-level and building-level technology initiatives. Widener University is our Internet Service Provider.
Desktop computers, laptop computers, Chromebooks, LCD projectors, interactive white boards with IR vote devices, distance ed video conferencing, and digital still/video cameras provide an array of technology to assist with instructional delivery.
Students live in an on-demand, technology-dependent world. They approach learning differently than students did even a few years ago. This impacts education and we as a school district are addressing students’ need to get instant answers, to communicate as they learn, and to create information and share it with others. With current instructional computing and Internet access, students are able to learn in an environment where technology brings subjects to life and where students can own their learning environment and are so engaged that learning is meaningful.
- Acceptable Use Policy
- Computer Safety
- Internet Safety
- Technology in Plain English
- Discount Internet Service
Talk with your children about Internet safely and protecting themselves. Help keep your children safe by educating yourself.
- Keep your virus software up to date
- Download recommended updates for your operating system
- If you are using wireless connections, make sure you set the security on the router
- Be very careful when installing any free software
- Don't open email or attachments from unknown sources
Learn about the Internet, and what your kids do on it
Find out how the Net works, and how to navigate around it. If your local school, community centre or library offers courses, sign up. Have your kids show you where they go online, and what they do. If you talk openly with your kids about their Internet habits, they'll feel comfortable coming to you if they ever encounter a problem online.
Create a family agreement on Internet use
With your kids' input, create a family online agreement. It should contain guidelines on proper online conduct, safeguarding personal information, what areas and activities are off-limits, and what to do if they encounter a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or scared.
Accompany young kids online as they learn their way around
Don't leave young children alone to explore any cyber-environment – always be there with them, guiding them to sites or areas you consider appropriate.
Create your own list of great sites
Ask other parents, teachers or librarians for their recommendations, or use a reputable online directory of recommended kids' sites. Your list should include some kid-friendly search engines for your children to use when looking for information online.
Teach your children never to give out personal information
The most important online safety rule you can teach your kids is to protect their personal privacy. They should never give out their name, email address, street address, phone number or picture without your permission. This rule applies to all cyber-environments: chat rooms, e-mail, Web sites, instant messaging, file-sharing networks and online games.
Encourage good Netiquette
"Netiquette" – short for "Net etiquette" – is the informal code of conduct for the Internet. More than just having good manners, this also means not engaging in illegal activity such as inciting hatred, reading other people's mail, or copying someone else's software, online art or written work.
Encourage an open dialogue with kids regarding Internet conduct
Teens, especially, tend to be adventuresome and curious, and may seek out sites and activities that aren't appropriate for them. Keep the lines of communication open, so you know what they're doing online – and so they'll feel comfortable coming to you if they get into trouble.
Put your connected computer in a well-used area of your home
Make sure that your computer with Internet access is in a public part of your house, such as the family room or even the kitchen – so you can keep an eye on what your kids are doing on it. Do not put it in a child's bedroom.
Explore technological tools to filter content and control Internet access
Talk to your Internet Service Provider about what parental tools it offers its customers. Visit a computer store to find out what filtering and blocking software you can install on your computer to control Internet access. However, be aware that these tools are far from perfect – and should never replace adult supervision and involvement.
Cyberbullying is a form of online intimidation. While this is done online, there are common characteristics very similar to that of a “real world” bully. The overall majority of cyberbullying occurs among teenagers and younger children.
Talking to your children about cyberbullying will greatly reduce the chances that they will be impacted by this kind of behavior.
Click on a link below to see short videos explaining different types of technology in terms that everyone can understand.
- Blogs in Plain English
- Computer Hardware in Plain English
- Computer Software in Plain English
- Online Photo Sharing in Plain English
- Phishing Scams in Plain English
- Podcasting in Plain English
- RSS in Plain English
- Social Bookmarking in Plain English
- Social Media in Plain English
- Social Networking in Plain English
- Twitter in Plain English
- Twitter Search in Plain English
- Web Search Strategies in Plain English
- Wikis in Plain English
- World Wide Web in Plain English
Springfield School District recognizes that there are families in our community who do not have access to the Internet at home. Home Internet access can provide children with the ability to participate in even more learning opportunities.
To assist households without Internet service, Comcast offers a program called Internet Essentials. Internet Essentials provides home Internet Access to qualifying families at a discounted price. Please use the links below for details about the program:
- What is Internet Essentials*
- How to qualify and apply*
- Lifeline - Overcoming the Digital Divide
Lifeline is the FCC's program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Currently, Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service purchased from participating providers in the marketplace. On March 31, 2016, the FCC approved rules to modernize Lifeline so that subscribers can also purchase discounted broadband from participating providers. Discounts will apply to stand-alone broadband, bundled voice-broadband packages - either fixed or mobile - and stand-alone voice service. Watch this page for an announcement of when these new rules take effect. These modernizations will help ensure that low-income consumers can afford 21st-century broadband and the access it provides to jobs, education and opportunities.
Please forward and/or print out these resources to share this opportunity with families that are still offline at home and are looking for ways to afford Internet access.