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APS Allowed Digital Resources

APS policy limits the use of online resources to vendors agreeing by signed contract to respect student privacy as required under the federal FERPA and COPPA laws.


BYOD or Bring Your Own Device

(This document describes the AHS philosophy on using electronic devices and guidance about which devices students and parents might choose.)

Program philosophy, details, suggestions, and agreement page

School-Issued Device - request by contacting the main office
Device Care Agreement

Responsible Use Policy
Home Internet


Student Data Privacy and Online Tools:

(Please note this section concerns student tools. Guidance and rules for staff use are defined in the staff AUP, the staff handbook, and other professional documents.)

There are many online learning tools, but we can only use some of them. The APS policy only allows the use of digital resources that agree by contract to respect student data privacy. These contractual arrangements are requirements defined under the federal FERPA and COPPA laws, and they apply when the "resource" collects student personally identifiable information, or PII, by means such as student logins or by tracking technologies such as cookies.


  • Allowed - resources that sign a privacy contract are on our allowed digital resources list.
  • Not Allowed - resources refusing to sign privacy contracts are not on the list and are not allowed for student use.
  • Staff can, at their own discretion, use resources for their own purposes.  Also, APS has developed the Tech Hub website with information about many of our most important allowed resources.

You can research app privacy yourself if you’d like. Search the National Data Privacy Database to see which apps are getting approved, state and nationwide. If an app is getting approved by others, then the odds are good that we can get it approved. The opposite is true, too. If an app is refusing to sign with others, we’re unlikely to have luck with them. The Common Sense Media Privacy Ratings is a good resource, too. It offers a more nuanced evaluation of vendor privacy policies.

We offer students and families guidance in the healthy and safe use of devices and technology through a series of activities adapted for individualized learning by AHS from the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum.  

(Link to the Activities)  

Resources for Teachers
G+ Technology in Practice, TIPs
PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook  Help

(Note:  it's always good to do a google search for Powerteacher gradebook setup. The youtube videos are always changing and are often good.)

from PowerTeacher, select the info backpack for the class

- select a student

- select Quick Lookup from the dropdown selections

- click the student's attendance number 

- you'll see a list of all absences, dated and coded

IPad and Android App Setup - Ipad and Android - open the App, go to the server settings, and enter settings as they are in this image. (Won't work with APS Guest)(Only works in our buildings)


Parent-Student Portal Youtube, generic

(this is close, but not exactly what you'd see in the APS parent-student portal.)(credit peagreensoup.)

More Teacher Resources:  

More Google for Teachers:

Google Classroom -  Teacher Center 1st Day Learning Page 

Google's Teacher Center - Learn by product page

Google's GSuite Learning Center - Learn by product page

Google Classroom and Google Forms Training My Docs: 

This document has the resources and lesson plans from my four Summer Workshop Sessions. 

The Google Classroom and Google Forms Sessions are organized as hands on activities divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels and are designed to help you learn the tools, or improve.

The Social Media Session has hands on activities to introduce Google+ and it’s Photo and Hangout tools.

The Formative Assessment has resources on research and theory about the powerful impact of Formative assessment.

Google Apps For Education – Overview – 30 Minutes 

(This video is super dated, and yet remains a decent overview of the basic tools and the video is perfect for someone who is completely new to Google Apps for Ed. The video's structure - the first 11 minutes is promotional and can be skipped, but the last 20 minutes is a nice demo of the applications.  In other words, forward the video to the 11 minute mark to see the Apps overview.) 

·               G-Mail -         Forward video to 11 minutes

·               Calendar -    Forward video to 15 minutes

·               Docs -            Forward video to 19 minutes

·               Forms -         Forward video to 23 minutes

·               Sites -            Forward video to 25 minutes

·               Video -           Forward video to 29 minute

Google Drive Sync for the Mac or PC - set-up instruction

(Basically, you install drive sync and choose the folders you want sync'd to the cloud)