Technology Used by Students
The OCSB uses GSuite for Education tools and services to provide students with access to a variety of online tools and workspaces. GSuite for Education provides a collaborative environment in which students can create and share documents, slide decks, and spreadsheets.
All students are provide with an OCSB Google account. It will have a format similar to email@example.com. This gives them an email address, and access to the Google tools such as Drive, Calendar and Sites. Their Google account also allows them to access all other OCSB-supported tools such as Hapara Workspace.
Your child's teacher will provide you with their OCSB email address.
Safety & Privacy
GSuite for Education's privacy and security policies are more stringent than Google's standard policy and include:
Compliance with industry requirements
As an additional level of safety, the email accounts of students in grades K-6 are "fenced in." This means they can only communicate with other OCSB email accounts.
All students in the OCSB have access to a variety of digital tools through our Student Portals. There, you and your child will find resources that you can use to support your child’s learning at home. The portals can be accessed by going to your child's school website and clicking on the “student portal” tab.
Because students do not always use the same device in school or at home, we recommend that students set up a profile in the Chrome browser. This will enable users who share a device at home to keep the student's account information and data separate.
Hapara Workspace & Hapara Highlights
Hapara Workspace is our chosen platform for teachers to manage their students' learning activities. It enables teachers to share information, open website links, track student progress and submissions, and provide feedback. The majority of your child's work will be submitted through Hapara.
Hapara Highlights is a feature that allows teachers to share files, sites or URLs with students easily to support and engage student learning. Teachers can also remotely open or close a browser tab on learner devices to re-focus them to the task at hand. This enables teachers to support students by monitoring their online activity and ensuring their learning is on track.
In a child's OCSBstudent.ca “Chrome Profile” ... whether logged in via the Chrome Browser on a PC/MAC, or using a Chromebook (this logs one in to the Chrome Profile and Google account simultaneously) .. one finds themselves logged into the OCSB student domain. Being logged into their ocsbStudent Chrome profile allows for helpful learning tools to be added for your child (e.g., Google Extensions), as well as streamlines access to student portal softwares and their Google accounts via “Single-Sign-on” to ease the logon/access process.
At the District Level, our Google/Hapara Admin DOES NOT have access to view Highlights as the teacher would. Only your child's classroom teacher has access.
This video shows how to set up "restricted mode" on your own computer.