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Questions parents may want to ask

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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Hardware and software

• What kind of technology will my child use?

• Do students use computers in the classroom? How many devices are available for each class?

• Are children allowed to use their own phones or tablets?

• Is the school using Google Apps for Education or other software packages?

Curriculum and partnerships

• What kinds of digital skills are children exposed to at each grade level?

• What are some examples of how children use technology for research or other projects?

• Are there any special resources for students with special needs?

• Does the school have any notable partnerships with outside organizations or community groups?

• What kind of support is available to teachers and students who want to delve into digital learning more deeply?

Communications, safety and privacy

• What is the school’s Internet safety plan?

• How does the school ensure that data about my child stays secure?

• What are policies for using social media like Twitter or Facebook?

• Does the school have an up-to-date website?

• How do staff use email and the Internet to communicate with students and families?

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