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Tech Tip:  Common Sense Media

As parents, we’re constantly fielding the barrage of social media, apps, games, movies and video that our kids encounter.  How do you make sense of it all? 

Common Sense Media is a good place to start.  A long-time resource for educators and parents, the website provides reviews books, movies, TV shows, video games, apps, music, and websites.  It then rates them in terms of age-appropriate educational content, positive messages/role models, violence, sex, and profanity, and more for parents making media choices for their kids.


Tech Tip:  Parent Access, Did you KNow?

Homework, grades, and other student information such as attendance and schedules are available online through ProgressBook Suite ParentAccess for parents with students in 4th through 12th grade.

Parents and students have the ability to set up missing assignment alerts and low-grade alerts, with the ability to specify alerts for particular subjects and grade averages. Please realize it takes time for teachers to input grades into ProgressBook.  

As always, be sure to log into Parent Access frequently to view grades and check account settings. 


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Tech Tip: The Benefits of Using Google Drive

  • Google Drive can be downloaded on smart phones and tablets, so students can access every document without having to own a computer or pay for internet at their house.
  • Google saves everything you’re working on, so you won’t have to start from scratch when your computer unexpectedly restarts for updates or your battery dies.
  • Students can access files from any computer by logging into their Google account.
  • Enables students to share and collaborate on the same document at the same time, in real time.
  • Students’ work travels with them in a digital format from year to year, with unlimited storage in their Google accounts.