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July 23, 2013

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Greater Clark’s Chromebook rollout will put more than 8,000 computers in the hands of its students



Clark’s presentation lined out how the district planned to keep students safe online, as well as keep them from misbehaving as much as possible.

While the Chromebooks come with Google Gmail addresses for each student, not every student can sign up for Google’s social network, Google+. If a user under the age of 13 signs up, the account is locked by the company and the district has to initiate a process to get that account up and running again.

But to make sure younger students can collaborate with teachers and their classmates, the district will implement My Big Campus, a social networking site that is used strictly to help teachers and students to communicate about lessons.

He said students can post information on there, but they’ll face consequences for acting in ways they’re not allowed to act in school.

He said cursing could come up, but the post would censor the offending word, then send the original post to a school administrator. From there, they’d face punishment.

He also said students can post pictures on the site, but if a student posts a photo that’s a little too risqué, My Big Campus’ “skin recognition” program would block the image and also send it to a building administrator to consider for punishment.

Clark also said bullying wouldn’t be tolerated, nor would any other kind of threat. If cyber-bullying occurred and a student used the Chromebook to carry it out, they could be punished regardless whether they were in school or if it happened after school hours because it was committed on district property — the Chromebook.

He also said My Big Campus is designed to recognize certain phrases or words that may indicate a threat, which would also be sent to a principal if it was posted.

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