Parental Permission Form
If students are to be productive members of the 21st Century workplace, they must move beyond the skills of the 20th Century and master those of the 21st Century. The characteristics of the 21st Century classroom will be very different from those of the classrooms in the past because the focus is on producing students who are highly productive, effective communicators, inventive thinkers, and masters of technology.
During your children’s formative years at the elementary and secondary levels, an understanding of technology includingWeb 2.0 tools will be used that will assist them in their learning over the course of their school experience. New tools arise every day. Some common tools that your children may encounter and use are, but are not limited to:
· Elluminate Live! Now called Blackboard Collaborate is a virtual web-conferencing and collaboration tool that allows individuals to “meet” in a virtual space to talk and share content.
· Blogs - A blog is a website where student work can be published online. It is also a tool often used for collaboration and communication among students and teachers. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
· Google Apps: A online suite of productivity and digital tools
· Wikis - A wiki is a website that allows visitors to add, remove, and edit content online.
· Podcasts - A podcast is a digital audio file that is distributed over the Internet for playback on portable media players (such as .mp3 players) and personal computers.
· Videos – avideo is a recording displaying moving images and audios. Digital video files can incorporate photos, voiceovers and music.
· Social bookmarking - Social bookmarkingis a way for internet users to store, classify, share and search Internet bookmarks.
· Really Simple Syndication - RSSis used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, or podcasts. It allows users to “subscribe” to internet content. A commonly used tool for RSS is Google Reader.
Also your child’s image may be used in a photo or video posted on:
· School website and/or communications
· Archdiocesan or Office of Catholic Education website and/or communications
· Parish website and/or communication
Your child’s safety and security are our number one priority. All websites and tools have been and will continue to be thoroughly examined by experienced educators and are used commonly in education today. The Acceptable Use Policy for Technology is posted on our website in the Student Handbook.
Please review the permission form and complete it so that we are aware of your expectations as a parent of a child(ren) in our school.