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August 30, 2012 Dear Parents, This year in computer class the students will be using various online

tools. We have our own Google Apps for Education domain. This gives the students access to all of the many Google tools, including email, calendar, documents and sites and other tools from the Google Apps marketplace, such as SlideRocket and EasyBib. Students usernames and passwords will be shared with you, so that you may monitor this account. It is important for students to begin to understand how to utilize digital tools in their schoolwork and by having an account that is only to be used for school, much as you may have a business account, I hope to help them learn to effectively and ethically use these tools for their schoolwork. Googles terms of service (TOS) include a clause that users must be at least 13 years old or have parental permission. This also applies to many of the other services we use. Google Apps TOS

Please find the link to the digital form at the end of these pages, which must be signed in order for your student to access these tools. All students in grades 4-8 will receive a sheet with all their usernames and passwords to bring home. If you would also like a copy to be emailed to you for your records, please email me.

VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments. We have a BCD account at http://bcd.ed.voicethread.com . Students log in with their mybcd.org credentials. VoiceThread TOS Glogster EDU is the education version of Glogster, where the students can make digital posters and embed many different types of mulitmedia, including images, video and audio. This is a teacher controlled site, where I can see into each account and manage student information. Students in grades 4-8 have accounts, which can be accesed with their mybcd.org credentials. EduGlogster TOS Animoto is a fast and easy way to produce a video from a series of images or very short video clips. We have an all access pass which allows students to create longer videos. The TOS requires students to be 13+ or have permission from their parents. Students log in with their mybcd.org credentials. Animoto TOS Toon Doo Spaces is a comic strip creation site. These are shared accounts with 2-3 students associated with each account. Our school page is located at http://bcd.toondoospaces.com . Because these are shared accounts, they have a different password. I keep copies of these at school; students do not need to memorize them. ToonDooSpaces TOS

Big Huge Labs tagline is Helping you do cool stuff with your digital photos Teachers can allow students to associate this account with the BCD Flickr account to access the images taken at school. Student sign in with an ID and a password. They use the ID in lieu of their email address. We dont have control on how usernames and passwords are generated- thus the alphabet soup. I keep copies of these at school; students do not need to memorize them. BigHugelabs TOS Privacy Policy "Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. The link on the image takes you to a scratch gallery of projects that BCD students have created. Scratch Privacy Guidelines

Vokis are talking avatars. They can be used to explain a concept, give a report, record a dialog in French or Spanish, or just as a way to introduce yourself. Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone. Voki TOS Privacy

Xtranormal is a site to make movies with animated figures. The figures talk with computer voices, and can speak different languages. The TOS of the site requires students to be 13 or older or have parental permission. Accounts created will use the mybcd.org credentials. Extranormal TOS Privacy

Wikis are editable webpages. We have many different wikis for different classes. Most of the time I put student work on them, but at times students will be asked to work on them as well. They will use their mybcd.org credentials to do so and wiki addresses will be posted on the appropriate class blogs. Wikispaces TOS

Blabberize is a site used to make images talk. In the past I have allowed students to make a talking image by logging them into my account. At times there has been objectionable material on this site, but the owners will usually take it down if requested. Students age 13 and up may create their own accounts using their mybcd.org credentials. Younger students with parent permission will create accounts with their mybcd.org credentials. Blabberize TOS Prezi is a presentation tool that allows you to Create astonishing presentations live and on the web. It is somewhat like a nonlinear PowerPoint. The TOS states that you must be 13+ to use this, but I have checked with them and students may use the site with parental permission. Accounts created will use the mybcd.org credentials. Prezi TOS Privacy Diigo is a social bookmarking tool. Students have accounts and are assigned to class groups to share resources when researching. This makes it easier for them to access their bookmarks and annotations from any computer. Students log in with their mybcd.org credentials. Diigo TOS

GoAnimate 4Schools is a site used to create animations. Students can create amazing animated stories using our studio. Students can upload pictures, add voices to their creations. With our character creator, teacher and students can animate versions of themselves and star in their own stories. They can also create other characters according to professions, historical figures or celebrities. These are shared accounts. GoAnimate4Schools TOS Privacy Wix is used to create websites with templates and a drag and drop editor. May be used by 7th grade for one project Wix TOS Privacy

Students in 4th grade and 5th grade will be using Edmodo, a secure social networking site, in their work on the FlatClassroom project. Grade 6 students may continue to use Edmodo. Edmodo TOS Privacy

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Weebly is used to create websites with templates and a drag and drop editor. Will be used by 8th grade for one project. Weebly TOS Privacy Digital Passport is a firstGrades 3-9 Manga High is of-its-kind web-based "the first math tool to help educators games site to teach the basics of teach the K12 digital citizenship. Grade state and national 4-6 math standards entirely through games. MangaHigh TOS Popplet is used for quick and easy mind-mapping and sharing ideas. You can share and collaborate with others, incorporating multimedia as well. Were going to start off with the free accounts (limited to 5 popplets), using mybcd.org credentials TOS Privacy ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Zooburst TOS Symbaloo is used for visual bookmarking. It is a great way to make a start page or just to organize and share bookmarks on a research topic. TOS

Screenr is a quick and easy way to record your screen and make a screencast. Students will use their mybcd.org credentials to sign up for accounts. Screenr TOS Privacy Little Bird Tales is a site to write books. You can create or upload your artwork and even record your voice. Students will use a school code to sign in. TOS Privacy SAS Curriculum Pathways offers interactive lessons, tools, and resources designed for teachers and students, grades 6-12. Students will be given a school code. TOS Privacy

Museum Box provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. Museum Box TOS

Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print.

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Highly Recommended Applications- Great to use to keep organized, both web-based and mobile apps Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily TOS Privacy Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web. TOS Privacy

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.

Sincerely, Maureen Tumenas mtumenas@berkshirecountryday.org

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