The Instructional Technology department provides students and teachers with the tools they need to accelerate student achievement.
Students in grades 3 – 8 are immersed in Chromebooks, while our 9th – 12th graders are engaging with instruction on laptops. This revolution is not about technology though – it is about Information. Our students can now access information like never before. They can demonstrate their knowledge in innovative ways and share all this information outside the four walls of their classroom. QACPS is excited to be deeply immersed in this information revolution!
CIPA & COPPA
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), federal legislation which aim to protect children under 13 when using the Internet.
“The intent of COPPA is not to limit children’s access to websites or information, rather to limit the website operators’ or creators’ ability to get information from children.”
Throughout the school year we may be using different websites for educational purposes. These websites are known as web 2.0 tools and Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
Some of these web 2.0 tools require the teacher to provide your child with a username/password to access the site and its content. The information can include a student’s first and last name, his/her ID number, and the school name. This information is kept confidential by the site and not used for any purpose other than account creation.
If your child is under the age of 13, CIPA and COPPA require that QACPS notify you and/or obtain written permission for your child to use these web sites.The intent of this part of the policy is to serve as both a notice to parent/guardian of the use of these websites and signed consent from you, the parent, for your child to be able to use these sites.
List of Instructional Websites
The following are a list of websites used in classroom instruction. This list is updated throughout the year.
PowerSchool is the web-based software application used by Queen Anne’s County Public Schools that allows parents to keep track of their students’ academic progress. Accessed through a customized website, parents and/or guardians may visit the password protected site to view their student’s schedule, grades, assignments and daily attendance. Parents can also easily communicate with teachers via email and receive automatic email updates with important information. Since this is a live web-based product, information is available 24/7 and is updated throughout the school day.
In order to use PowerSchool you must be a registered user of the system. Registration for PowerSchool is initiated by your online completion of the current year Back to School forms. Please be sure to include an accurate email address on your submission of your student’s Back to School form as this is how we will communicate the steps necessary to complete the registration process. In the case of multiple students you must complete Back to School forms for all of your students attending Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.
PowerSchool registration is only required one time. The same PowerSchool account may be used for the duration of your student’s education in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools.
School Messenger is a notification system that provides timely communication to parents on matters such as attendance, weather related closures, and school or district-wide emergencies.
The advantage of creating an account within the School Messenger App is to have the ability to update the way you receive the notifications via phone, email and text messaging. Creating an account allows you to personalize how you receive the notifications and it centralizes communications in a single, unified box. You must create an account if you wish to update your preferences on receiving notifications.
How do I update my contact information once I have an account?
- In the upper right hand corner, click the drop down with your name and select Preferences.
- Your contact information will appear and you will simply click under “My message preferences” to select if you would like a call or email and which phone and email to use.
- If you wish to add a phone number or email address, you must call the Accountability Office at 410-758-2403 ext. 137 or email [email protected]