For those of you that were not able to attend (or those that would like to review some of the topics and resources we discussed), this post serves as a brief re-cap of the event.
We started out with some brief introductions of staff members and attending parents. Staff members present were:
- Ed Longfield - Superintendent (morning session)
- Chris Burr - Middle School Principal
- Russ Vogel - Manitou Springs Elementary School Principal
- Cat Butler-Olimb - Technology Coordinator (morning session)
- Lisette Casey - Technology Integration Specialist
- Glenn Char - Parent and Facilitator for parent meetings
Norms for the parent coffees are as follows:
- Start and end on time.
- Adhere to the agenda and honor the time allotted for each item.
- Engage in honest, focused, and respectful discussions surrounding the focus topic.
- The coffee is not a place for discussion of school policy.
Following this Glenn Char presented on the subject of digital security, The presentation elaborated on the differences between filtered and unfiltered networks and what this means for families when iPads leave the school grounds at both elementary and middle school levels.
The presentation is embedded below.
The Home Network Security Page on the iPad Wiki was shared as a resource for parents in regards to securing their home networks. A call to your internet service provider or a visit to a retail store selling routers and interent connection equipment followed by a conversation with a sales person was recommended to steer parents in the right direction. Remember, regardless of what type of content filter you employ in your house, the best filter will always be you. Talk to your child often about what to do when they encounter inappropriate sites on the internet as well as why it's important not to purposely visit these sites.
Our next coffee topic is social networking on November 15th.