Technology at the Point of Instruction and Learning
Durham District School Board recognizes that technology continues to evolve
providing students with personal wireless technologies. As a school team, we encourage students to embed technology in their learning and to develop their digital citizenship skills.
Teachers will clearly identify for students times when personal technologies are appropriate for use during learning activities. Any personal electronic devices that are used inappropriately inside school during the normal school day are disruptive to the teaching and learning environment.
The privacy and personal dignity of others could be violated by the inappropriate use of personal electronic devices to text message, social network, and/or share digital media. Outside of
educational purposes, it is the practice of the Durham District School Board that the use of
personal electronic devices are prohibited during the school day on school property (e.g.,
calls/texts home or to friends). It is an expectation that communication during the school day (e.g.,
call home) be made using a school phone when it is a safety issue. Social plans should be made
ahead of time and are not an appropriate use of phones during the school day.
Field Trips and Images
Field trips and after school events are an extension of the classroom, and the expectations of the
use of personal electronic devices apply. Staff may approve the use of this technology for
purposes of education and communication, such as calling parents for pick-up or taking photos of
trip highlights. In keeping with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, the filming or taking
pictures of others without their expressed permission is prohibited. Further, the taking of photos
or filming while at school or at school related activities is prohibited unless approved by Durham
District School Board staff and used for educational purposes. These expectations apply to