Technology is a big part of the academic program at Woodson. We recognize the importance of internet access and technology for 21st century learning so the use of computers and cell phones for independent academic study is highly encouraged. Teachers also utilize a wide range of online tools in class and specific curricular software. Students may bring to school a laptop, cell phone, eReader or other internet ready devices for academic use otherwise known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device.) Instructions for WiFi access are below. Woodson also offers FCPS laptops in the classrooms and library for student use.
All students must follow the Acceptable Use Agreement found in the SR&R (Student Rights and Responsibilities) booklet. Use of technology in the classroom is for academic purpose and solely at the discretion of the teacher.
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Students use the same username and password to log-in on a school computer as well as access assignments on FCPS 24/7 Blackboard and their GSuite for Education accounts and view their grades on StudentVue. This single sign-on makes for efficient access to digital resources both at school and home.
BYOD at WTW
Students are encouraged to bring devices such as laptops, cell phones and eReaders to school to support their learning. It is best to have a breakage warranty on devices before bringing them to school and be sure that the features to find a lost device are active and understood by the student.
FCPS provides wifi for all student owned devices. The student agrees to the FCPS Acceptable Use Policy during the connection process. This policy can be found in the SR&R booklet.
Connecting to WiFi.
For all devices, connecting to a broadcast wifi network named FCPSonboard is the first step. This is a limited access network which provides a connection wizard. This connect wizard helps students connect to the full Fairfax wifi network.
For further help on connecting a device, please see Ms. Joan Brown, School Based Technology Specialist in room A112.
StudentVue - SIS
All students can access teacher gradebooks using their current FCPS account information. StudentVue provides current grades and averages as well as information on absences and teacher contacts. Teachers expect students to have access to StudentVue regularly.
ParentVue - SIS
Parents also have access to teacher gradebooks, report cards, attendance and discipline information. If you are new to FCPS, please follow directions to activate your ParentVue SIS account. Those directions will be emailed to you soon after registration. The log in you create for ParentVue will also allow you access to FCPS 24/7 Blackboard. Remember the username is the full email address.
Every 365 days, a student must change their password. By registering a cell phone number or personal email address, students can manage their own password change outside of the school building. Having a secure password is the best way to maintain a student account. To register your recovery cell phone or email, start on the Account Recovery page and click on the button Manage Your Recovery Options.
Set up your password recovery options. Use this form.
FCPS 24/7 Blackboard and GSuite for Education
FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) and FCPS GSuite for Education are two core instructional tools in the FCPS digital ecosystem that coexist and interact to impact how students learn, where students learn, and when students learn. The digital ecosystem is there to make the school to home learning more accessible.
These accounts use a single sign on option so that students need only one password each year to access. Blackboard provides space for posting of assignments and announcements as well as links to online textbooks and the FCPS assessment program Horizon(eCart). Parents can see teachers postings using their ParentVue account sign-on in Blackboard.
GSuite for Education fills the important role of not just unlimited storage of student work but a communication and collaboration space for the classroom. The available tools for student use include, Gmail, Google Drive with unlimited storage, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms.
As we move toward a greener school environment and continue to use FCPS 24/7 Blackboard and the GSuite for Education to electronically turn in assignments, it is hoped that printing will diminish over the years. However, teachers may still ask for some work to be printed for turning in. The Woodson Library offers printing from their lab computers before school and at specified times during the school day. It is expected that students print assignments at home but the library printers are an option for those who have not been able to print from home. Library printers are not for personal use and no student owned devices can connect to printers at school.
Educate yourself and your teen.
Digital citizenship is learning process and your teen will need sustained support from parents and teachers. Visit bit.ly/fairfaxdigcit for a fun and interactive parent-teen course that can help your family start conversations about navigating the online world.
Establish rules and expectations.
Have you thought about the rules you want to establish with your teen for setting up accounts and the privacy settings you expect your child to use? What are your expectations and how will you monitor your teen's online activities? Not sure where to start? Try these tip sheets, media agreements, and device contracts.
Help your teenager monitor and manage their screen time.
Discuss privacy settings and accounts.
Teach your child to protect their personal information and model the use of privacy settings. Discuss why these settings are important and teach them how to make privacy setting choices for every app and service they use. This resource can help you get started.
Give your teenager action steps.
Discuss potential situations that may arise before they happen and give your child action steps. Do they know what they can do if cyber bullied, harassed, or if someone sends them something they don’t want to see? Every difficult situation is an opportunity to help prepare them for life beyond your home. These short parent advice videos, which can be filtered by topic and age, can help you identify action steps you can share with your child.
Teach your teen to assess risks and make good choices.
Online communication is public and permanent. Talk with your teen regularly and remind them that what they do online can impact future opportunities. Their online reputation can also affect their relationships in the face to face world.