OUR VISION is to provide an essential foundation for the integration of innovative technology into a safe learning environment, empowering staff and students to thrive in a global community. The Technology Department strives to do the following.
- To facilitate and support a technology-rich environment in order to promote academic achievement and excellence.
To provide global access to information in order to meet the curricular needs of all learners while promoting confidence with technology.
To ensure reliable integrated systems, management tools, and standards that enable compliance, collaboration, and creativity.
Tech Services Team
Mary Ann Urda
North Shore School District 112 and Gaggle Partner to Implement Safety Management for Google Workspace For Education
North Shore School District 112 and Gaggle have joined in a partnership to keep District 112 students safe when they use Google Workspace for Education from Google. District 112 will use Gaggle Safety Management for G Suite to further promote student and educator productivity in a safe and controlled environment which adheres to the District's Electronic Acceptable Use Policy.
Gaggle Safety Management combines technology with expert Safety Representatives, who review content 24/7 to assure students are safe. Gaggle identifies inappropriate words and images in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and more. Trained professionals then apply consistent, school- or district-approved policies for positive intervention, alerting building principals if there is an imminent threat to a student. The Gaggle Safety Management Team determines where incident content falls based on an Incident Response Rubric.
Gaggle has been providing safe online learning products and solutions to schools and educators since 1999. The company's focus remains on student safety so educators can have the confidence to allow learners to take advantage of current technology for communication, collaboration, and learning.
In short, Gaggle identifies three types of incidents: (1) User Violations, (2) Questionable Content (QCON), and (3) Possible Student Situations (PSS). Students are emailed directly about “User Violation” offenses stating that what they are doing, saying, or sending is inappropriate. Principals are directly emailed for the other two incident types, Questionable Content (QCON) and Possible Student Situations (PSS), and can investigate and respond to incidents as appropriate. More information about the different types of incidents can be found on the Gaggle Safety Management video.
Student Device Filtering
District 112 currently utilizes two systems that provide 24/7 content filtering for student devices: GoGuardian and Securly.
For iPad devices, GoGuardian is on all devices from K-5, while Securly is on iPad devices for 6th and 7th graders.
8th graders with Chromebooks are filtered using GoGuardian.
These platforms both use artificial intelligence to classify and block content as needed on student devices, regardless of if the device is on the District network or the device is at home.
Keep in mind that no filter can block every inappropriate site.
Both platforms offer an accompanying app for Parents/Guardians so they, too, can monitor student web browsing while outside of school hours.
Parents/Guardians interested in setting up GoGuardian Parent can refer to this guide.
Parents/Guardians interested in setting up Securly Home can request an account be set up by visiting the Technology Services Support site and selecting "Sign Up for Securly Home."
- Infinite Campus
- Clever Parents app
- iPad FAQs
- Otus Parent/Guardian Access
- Be Internet Awesome by Google
- Common Sense Media
- Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide
- ConnectSafely - Parent Guides
- Low-Cost Home Internet Service
Download the new Campus Parent or Campus Student App!
Infinite Campus, our district's student information system, is a comprehensive and complex tool for maintaining our student records. Using the Parent Portal, you can pay student fees, check your student's schedule and grades, and review your student's and your household's basic information. If you have questions about Infinite Campus or need help with your account, please contact us at our Support page.
To access your student's information in the Campus Parent portal please use the link below.
North Shore Infinite Campus Parent Portal
To activate a new account using an Activation Key please use the following link:
(You can request a single-use Activation Key from your student's school office or by submitting a ticket at our support page.)
Updating Contact Information and Preferences
Actualizando información y preferencias de contacto
Solicitudes de ausencias
Clever Parents app
North Shore School District 112 uses Clever as a "one stop shop" for students to access academic programs.
With the Clever Parents app, parents/guardians can create an account and help their kids learn at home.
For an overview of how it works, please visit Clever's "Clever Parent" overview by clicking this link.
Parents/Guardians interested in setting up Clever Parents can request an invite by visiting the Technology Services Support site and selecting "Activate Clever Parents Account."
Otus Parent/Guardian Access
Otus is an online platform that serves as a Learning Management System, Data Analytic Engine, and Gradebook. Complete with a Parent Portal and Report Card feature, Otus serves as a solution that makes the collection, analysis, and reporting of data more efficient and usable for teachers, students, and parents / guardians.
Please click here for information from our Teaching & Learning Department on how to sign up for Otus Parent/Guardian Access.
Be Internet Awesome by Google
Help your family be safe and smart online
The Be Internet Awesome gives families the tools and resources to learn about online safety and citizenship at home. They've created this guide for families to make it easier to incorporate and practice good digital habits in your everyday lives. Packed with good stuff, this guide will help you and your kids discuss, learn, and think about online safety together.
You can access this free resource from Google here.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. The "Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between" resource also helps families understand and navigate through some of the thinking necessary of raising children in the digital age.
You can access these free resources by clicking here.
Department of Education Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide
This guide from the Office of the Department of Education aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between.
To access this free resource, please click here.
ConnectSafely - Parent Guides
Parent Guides from ConnectSafely are a growing collection of clearly written guidebooks that demystify apps, services and platforms popular with kids and teens.
To access this free resource, please click here.
Low-Cost Home Internet Service
Did you know that Comcast and AT&T offer low-cost home Internet service to qualifying households? You can get started by choosing one of the providers below.
Student Data Privacy
North Shore School District 112 takes the privacy of our students' data very seriously.
We have always taken steps to guard closely the student data collected within our networks or by the online resources we use in our schools. Effective July 1, 2021, all school districts will be required by the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA) to provide additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies and that the data is used for beneficial purposes only.
District 112 will post details here about data breaches involving 10% or more of the District's students, including the number of students whose covered information was involved in the breach, date of breach (or estimate) and operator name.
Approved Online Resources
North Shore School District 112's approved online resources
Below you will find a list of approved online resources for North Shore School District 112. The list includes the online services or applications that the District uses, the contracts signed by the District, and any data collected by those tools or by the District. The District regularly updates and verifies applications and tools. Teachers and staff can log into LearnPlatform to request the District to verifying if an application or tool is SOPPA compliant and available for use.
Data Privacy Laws
IMPORTANT DATA PRIVACY LAWS
Please see helpful videos explaining the various data privacy laws.
Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)
Guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Restricts the collection of personal information from children under 13 by companies operating websites, games, mobile applications, and digital services that are directed to children or that collect personal information from individuals known to be children.
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Imposes certain requirements on schools that utilize the federal E-Rate program to receive discounts for internet access and other technology services, or that receive federal grants for other technology expenses.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Governs information in a student’s education record, restricting access and use of student information
Need assistance? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us by clicking on the "Support Portal" button below.
Note to staff: Please log in to IncidentIQ via the Clever portal to place support requests.