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Online Educational Services

Waterford Public Schools utilizes many online applications and web-based tools to foster student learning through personalization, collaboration, and exploration. Online or "cloud" based applications and services extend student learning beyond the school day and building and provide accessibility to useful learning tools.

Considerations for approving an online service

We use educational accounts for most of our online services in order to have more control of settings and ease of classroom setup. Prior to recommending a service for classroom use, we review the service's privacy and security policies and inform teachers of best practices for using them responsibly. We do not approve providers who use personally identifiable information outside of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) standards. After July 1, 2018, renewed or new online services that house student information, records and/or student work on their servers must also meet the minimum requirements of the new Connecticut Student Data Privacy Law; Public Act 16-189. See this link for a listing of third party services utilized by the district for operational and educational purposes.

These services include Google Apps for Education (GAFE), which is used extensively by our students and teachers in grades 1 through 12 for classroom and homework assignments. In keeping with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and our licensing agreement with GAFE, if you as the parent/guardian of a student under the age of 13 is concerned about this usage and would want to discuss opting out please contact your child's school for more information.

District-approved online educational services

Compiled below are the most widely used online educational services presently recommended for classroom use that require students to log-in with a student account. For some of our online educational services we provide students with generic school log-ins that are not unique to a user and/or their directory information. For complete information on each app's terms of service, please click on the provided links below.

Click here to learn more about the Student Privacy Pledge that most of our partner companies have signed.

    Grades K-5

There are several apps and online services that can be personalized for student learning, and these require a unique log-in.

Available apps that require a student log-in or username include:

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    Grades 6-8

Many online services described in the elementary level K-5 list continue to be available at the middle school level in grades 6 through 8. Middle school students also use the following additional online application services.

Available apps and online services that require a student log-in:

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    Grades 9-12

At the high school, students rely heavily on online services for their academic studies. In addition to all the software applications described at the elementary and middles school levels, high school students use the following online applications.

Available apps and online services that require a student log-in:

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    Google Apps for Education

A few years ago, we became a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district in order to take advantage of the online productivity suite similar to Microsoft Office. Teachers and students have since found the collaborative nature and mobility of a cloud drive to be extremely helpful with work flow.

Google Apps for Education is one example of an educational online service account that allows the district to have more control over settings based on grade level and security concerns. Students in grades 3-12 have individual log-ins to Google Apps in order to access Chromebooks and the Google Apps suite. Only grades 9-12 have active school gmail accounts. These accounts are limited to our school domains: OTHER_WPS_DOMAIN and waterfordschools.org. Students cannot receive or send emails outside these domains except for receiving emails from other school-provided services for password resets, etc.

These accounts are for school related work and activities only and are not to be used as "personal, private" accounts.

In keeping with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and our licensing agreement with GAFE, if you as the parent/guardian of a student under the age of 13 is concerned about this usage and would want to discuss opting out please contact your child's school for more information.