Frequently Asked Questions
What are Digital Resources?
Digital resources are district-wide software applications which include but are not limited to Google Apps for Education, Canvas Learning Management System, StudentVUE, and Destiny Library Catalog.
Why use Google Apps for Education?
provide students with access to current technology applications and
free tools designed for collaboration with other students and teachers
give students the ability to work on their documents both in school and
at home - anytime and anywhere from any Internet connected device
help students work collaboratively, engage in peer-editing of
documents, and publish for a wider audience within the Beaverton School
• To facilitate “paperless” transfer of work between students and teachers
•To provide adequate long-term storage space for student work
• To actuate potential cost savings in terms of software licensing and document storage
How are the Beaverton School District and Google linked together?
The Google agreement with the Beaverton School
District provides access to Google applications and storage. While
Google hosts these services off-site, the District maintains the ability
to manage users, groups, and settings, much like other locally hosted
systems. This means that BSD can grant and remove user
access, and control other settings to ensure a safe and secure
collaboration environment for students and teachers.
What personal student information and student education records will be stored in Google Apps for Education?
The terms of the Google contract with the Beaverton
School District mandate that we must have parental permission for the
use of Google Apps for Education. On theDigital Resources permission
form that parents are asked to sign, it states that "information about
my child will be collected and stored electronically." Google
does not request any personal information from students and the
District does not provide personal student data (ex. birthdate, address,
phone number, grades, test scores) to Google. That information resides in the BSD student information system and is not stored nor available to Google.
The permission form also states that "my student's
education records stored in Google Apps for Education may be accessible
to someone other than my student and the Beaverton School District". Examples of student education records in Google are assignments, notes, calendars and projects created by the student.
What if I don't give parental consent for my child to access digital resources?
If you do not give permission for your child to be given digital resources, your child will not be able to use most outside digital resources available through the Beaverton School District that require a student login. Your child will not have access to devices requiring a Beaverton School District login. This includes digital devices such as Chromebooks which are intended for students to check-out and take home.
How can I find out more about Google Apps for Education's privacy and security information?