Bowling Green Area Schools provides technology tools and network services to staff and students to strengthen learning and instruction and to fulfill administrative functions. The district believes that technology is most effective when integrated into inquiry based activities in which students are gatherers of information, problem solvers, and communicators of knowledge. Students use information and network resources, production software, and hardware to fulfill this vision.
Responsible Use Policy & Bring Your Own Device Program
Internet Access: The district offers Internet access for staff and student research that is filtered in compliance with CIPA limiting access to inappropriate material.
Wifi: The district provides wifi access for staff in all locations and students at the high school and middle school. Once our wifi upgrade is complete, new wifi networks will be provided for staff, students and guests to access the Internet. Student wifi will continue to be filtered for inappropriate content per federal guidelines.
File Services: The district supplies staff and students individual accounts on their respective building file server, providing secure storage and file sharing.
Google Apps for Education: The district uses Google's free cloud-based suite for all staff and students. The suite includes email, calendar, cloud-based file storage, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation.
Google Classroom: High school and middle school staff and students use Classroom as a learning and communications portal. This service is free to schools.
Library Catalog: Students and staff can search for and reserve district books with the online Library Catalog. Students are also encouraged to make use of the Wood County Public Library and Bowling Green State University's Jerome Library.
Communications: The Technology Department manages and maintains call/email system, the district website and the district facebook and twitter feeds to communicate with students, staff and community.
Gradebook: K-12 teachers use an electronic grade book program to take attendance, track progress, and generate Interim Reports and Grade Cards.
ParentAccess: Parents and students in grades 3-12 can check their grades and attendance online. Parents and students will see updated grades as teachers enter assignments, test, and project scores into the system.
HelpDesk: Staff use the BG HelpDesk to report technical issues and to make requests.
Desktop & laptop computers
Interactive whiteboards & Audio
Bring Your Own Device
Bowling Green City Schools is committed to utilizing powerful online productivity tools and resources to enhance learning opportunities for our students. As part of this commitment, the district is allowing students in grades 6-12 and PK-12 staff to bring their personally owned wireless electronic devices to school for the purpose of completing school work through the school’s filtered wireless network. With staff approval, students will be able to access the school’s filtered Internet connection and online resources to complete their school work. We realize that not every student owns a device; and for those who do, some may choose not to bring their personally owned device to school. There is absolutely no expectation that parents should provide a device to their child for this program.
The Special Education Department and the Technology Department participate in on-going collaboration in order to meet the very specific needs of individual students through group discussion and the IEP process. A recent project to provide iPads to the Learning Centers in our schools is serving to meet the unique, individual needs of our learners. Other assistive technology items include specialized keyboards, screen enlargements, and software programs. The Special Education and Technology Departments will continue to search for ways that technology can be used to enhance the learning of our students with special needs.