Technology Guide, Parent
- 1 Knights Portal
- 2 Programs Used by Students
- 3 Parent Guide for Computers, Phones, and Electronic Devices
- 4 CAJ Resources
- 5 Additional Resources
The Knights Portal is a password-protected area of the CAJ website that has information pertaining to you as a CAJ parent. From the CAJ website, click on Knights Portal in the heading and enter the login information found on your CAJ parent card. If you would like to use your personal Google account to login to Knights Portal rather than the CAJ account created for you, please email email@example.com and explain that you would like to use your personal Google account for login purposes.
Within your Knights Portal you will have access to important information relating to your child's academics and campus life. See below for an explanation of the icons found on this page:
Markboard is the online grade book used in middle and high school. Parents who do not have an account will receive an invitation from Chalk, the creators of Markboard, to set one up. Follow the directions in the email and, when prompted, input the Student Access Code. If you did not receive your child's Student Access Code near the beginning of the school year, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org to have the code sent to you.
Vidigami is our secure photo sharing site, allowing CAJ staff to share photos of student activities and events with parents. If you do not have a Vidigami account already set up, you will receive an invitation email to create your parent account at the beginning of the school year. If you need the Vidigami invitation resent to you, please let us know at email@example.com.
Parents can opt-in to having their contact information (phone number, email, mailing address) shared within the school directory. Please understand that those who do not opt-in will not be able to access other parents' contact info in the directory.
Every year, you will be directed to fill out important school forms such as your emergency contact information and the parent agreement form on this page. Consent forms for field trips will also be posted here.
Programs Used by Students
CAJ students use a variety of web-based programs for school work. Here is an explanation of some of the the main programs that you may hear about or see your child using:
Elementary students access and submit assignments online through this learning platform. Parents can see and comment on their own child's work.
This math teaching resource gives elementary students practice in grade-appropriate math problems.
Students in 5th grade use IXL for both language arts and math practice. Some students in lower grades also use the site for extra math/grammar help.
An excellent typing program that students begin using from 3rd grade.
Middle School Programs
Math and English teachers use IXL extensively in middle school to give students practice in math/grammar concepts.
Students continue to use Typing Club to work on improving their typing skills during Digital Tools class.
Middle school teachers use Google Classroom to assign and collect work from students. Parents are unable to access Google Classroom directly, but can opt-in to receive Guardian Summaries every day/week that show their child's upcoming assignments and late work. If you would like to receive these Guardian Summaries and have not gotten set up yet, please email one of your child's teachers and ask for access.
High School Programs
High school teachers use Google Classroom to assign and collect work from students. Parents are unable to access Google Classroom directly, but can opt-in to receive Guardian Summaries every day/week that show their child's upcoming assignments and late work. If you would like to receive these Guardian Summaries and have not gotten set up yet, please email one of your child's teachers and ask for access.
Method Test Prep
Method Test Prep provides tutoring and test practice for high school students in preparation for the SAT.
Parent Guide for Computers, Phones, and Electronic Devices
The following list is a compilation from various sources and serve as recommendations.
- Have conversations about internet safety as soon as possible. Children can benefit from monitoring and accountability programs, but some teens know how to get around them. Smart phone use and safety should also be carefully considered.
- Ask questions: Who are they communicating with? What websites did they visit? What will you need to use the computer for tonight? (It’s a good idea to review what the child is doing for homework each night anyway, and how much time he/she estimates each assignment or project will take or he/she intends to spend on it. Computer use can be part of the same conversation).
- Establish rules about when, where, how much, and why the computer may be use. A template for creating a contract can be effective for many kids, but STICK TO IT! This may need to be revised as a child gets older, and it should be developed together, jointly deciding on rewards and consequences, and kept in an obvious place (near the computer.)
- Keep the computer in a central, monitored place – comment on the positive use of computer as well as “nagging.” Many experts recommend children not be allowed to have a computer in their bedroom or other private areas. Don't forget smart phones and other digital devices are also direct connections to the online world. Experts also advise restricting use when responsible adults are not home.
- A computer is not a “right,” but a privilege. Family rules are appropriate: time limits, purpose, how to behave ethically and responsibly, how to decide who gets to use it when there is conflict.
- Make sure their FB account is set on “private” not “public”
- Make sure they know to never post personal information (phone number, address, Social Security number, etc.) on their profile
- Never share passwords with friends
- Remind kids that the computer “remembers” what has been posted ad it is trackable. They should use the same language they would use face to face. Deleting an entry seldom means it is gone from the entire Internet.
- Remind kids that they can’t assume people online are who they say they are.
- Try to stay educated. You don’t have to be an expert, but you shouldn’t be naïve or get frustrated and give up.
- Be a role model! How are we using our time?
It is appropriate as a parent to monitor and guide a child’s behavior. Spot-checking is healthy and does not have to be an indicator of a lack of trust or seen as a punishment, but rather shows appropriate parental concern for your child's well being.
Please contact us if you would like assistance with a specific problem or finding a resource to assist you with teaching and monitoring your child's appropriate use of technology. Monitoring and accountability solutions are constantly evolving and we are committed to investigating and offering advice about options. Nate Rudd, team leader
- Computer and Technology Acceptable Use Policy
- One to One Parental Assistance Guide For parents whose child has an assigned laptop at CAJ (One to One or 1:1)
Good places to start for information include:
- Common Sense Media - Common Sense has a wide range of best practice materials and well researched information available for parents.
- iRules CAJ's library has multiple copies of the iRules text, and they have a template for creating a contract between parents and children to encourage responsible technology use.