Rivers expects students to use technology responsibly and in accordance with the Acceptable Use Policy that every student signed in the fall. During this season of distance learning, we expect students to exercise good judgment and display academic integrity at all times. In addition, students should use their school-issued iPad for their work.
When participating in distance learning, students will:
• Seek permission before recording or posting sound, video, or images of teachers, staff, or other students.
• Alert the Technology Department (firstname.lastname@example.org
) if there are problems with functionality or security concerns.
• Refrain from participating in any behavior that violates our student handbook – including online harassment, bullying, or behavior that creates an unsafe learning environment for others. Students will report any such behavior to Assistant Head of Middle School John Bower (email@example.com
In addition, students should strive to adhere to our community norms – recognizing that an online format poses distinct challenges. Our norms are:
1.Speak from the “I” perspective
2.Lean into discomfort
3.Be aware of intent and impact
4.Respect others’ realities
5.Suspend judgment; assume positive intent
6.Don’t blame, shame, or attack self or others
7.Practice “both”/“and” thinking
Here are some other helpful tips for making the most of online discussion.
• Turn off notifications while you are online and avoid having multiple windows or apps open – multitasking is impossible and hinders learning!
• Take turns during online discussions.
• Be aware of your volume and background noise – you may need to mute your microphone when others are speaking.
• Always keep your video on during a Zoom meeting with a class
• Be aware of what is visible in your webcam and choose an appropriate location.
• Contribute thoughtfully to discussions, recognizing that written comments do not always convey tone. If you are uncertain of someone's intent in a written comment, seek clarification through the language of the community norms.
• Do not use emoji or gifs that may distract from your message.
• Use proper spelling and grammar to convey your ideas.
• Be patient with yourself and others – we are all figuring this out together, and we are here to help you!