The Red Lion Area School District uses a number of contracted Essential Digital Tools and authorized Supplementary Digital Tools to enhance educational programs and services, engage students in educational experiences, and empower students to safely use online and digital tools. A digital tool is any interactive website, application (app), or software that requires an account with a username and password.
Essential Digital Tools
Essential Digital Tools are digital tools that the District considers necessary to deliver educational programs and that support the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. These Essential Digital Tools align with the RLASD curriculum standards and are COPPA compliant.
Examples: Google for Education, Discovery Education, and Typing Training.
- RLASD maintains contracts and/or data sharing agreements with the vendors of these Essential Digital Tools to protect students’ data privacy and security.
- Students’ use of these Essential Digital Tools is required as part of the RLASD curricular programming specific to students’ grade level and academic programming.
- In most cases, student accounts are created at the district level and tied to students’ active directory credentials.
Supplementary Digital Tools
Supplementary Digital Tools are digital tools that the RLASD administration authorizes to be used as supplementary (non-essential) enrichments to students’ educational experience.
Examples: Khan Academy, Kahoot, and Evernote.
- Supplementary Digital Tools will only be authorized if they comply with federal and state standards for protecting students’ data privacy and security.
- Teachers will notify parents of the Supplementary Digital Tools that they have chosen to use in their classes, and parents have the opportunity to “opt-out” of their children’s use of these Supplementary Digital Tools. If parents choose for their children to opt-out of any Supplementary Digital Tool, then teachers will provide alternative opportunities for those children.
- Student accounts are not automatically created. Accounts are created individually by the teacher or the student, depending on grade level.