74 Years of Putting Children FIRST

Information and updates from the office of the Chief Technology Officer

For Students at Home:
- “Disconnect” at least one hour before bedtime.  This includes all forms of media and requires online-based homework to be done well in advance of bedtime;
- Keep electronic devices out of bedrooms for a sounder sleep. 

For Teachers:
- Encourage students, when appropriate, to customize their device screens using tools such as ScreenShader designed to reduce potential eye strain and fatigue
- Consider providing students with options for good behavior that include physical activity and social interaction rather than “device time”;
- When requested, provide paper alternatives for take-home class work.



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Understanding the Role of Technology Interventions in the Classroom

Review Essay from MCCPTA Safe Technology Subcommittee



Digital Safety at School and at Home

​Dr. Assya Pascalev &

Lisa Cline, co-chairs​SafeTech@mccpta.org​

The MCCPTA Safe Technology Subcommittee would like to share the following recommendations for using technology at school and at home.

For Students at School:

Consider placing Chromebooks/laptops on desks and tables rather than in laps;

- Don’t forget to shut down and log off of Chromebooks/laptops when moving from classroom to classroom;
- Consider turning off cell phones and keeping them in backpacks or lockers off when not in use;
- If necessary, take eye breaks, 1-to 2 minutes in length, approximately every 15 minutes;
Attend to task! Avoid distractions such as reading email, playing games, or browsing the Internet;
Engage in face-to-face socialization, especially at free time, lunch, and recess;
Always use the Internet and devices for educational purposes in accordance with MCPS’s responsible use policies;
Use resources that do not infringe on another’s copyright or trademark rights.