Online Tools Used in the Weston Schools

Educators in our schools use a variety of resources for instruction.  Some of these include online web tools used on computers. We are cognizant that use of these online tools may require accounts to be created, or even if no account is required, that data is being generated about the interaction by those online tools.  To help us protect the online privacy of students, we joined the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), a national resource that has set up standards and guidelines for educational software products that align with federal laws. With the help and resources of this consortium, we are vetting all of the educational online resources, both paid resources, and free online tools, to ensure they comply with SDPC standards.

Weston is using the tools posted to this Weston Online Resources site.  The specific online agreements are list on this SDPC Weston Resources Page page within the national SDPC website.

The use of technology in Weston Public Schools is governed by federal laws including COPPA, FERPA, and CIPA.  More information about these Protection Acts are linked here.


Device Guidance

We choose devices based on the following criteria:

  • Durability. Our devices need to last 5 years, so purchasing a durable device is very important to us.  
  • Price. When purchasing hundreds of devices, price is a critical factor.
  • Performance. Raw CPU power is not the only criterion factor for performance. The combination of CPU, RAM, video, and storage working in concert that makes a reliable computer.  We recommend a more balanced approach to device specifications.  The one exception is RAM, doubling base RAM is often productive and may give the device a longer lifecycle.  
  • Size. Computer size is very important. The device must fit on a student’s desk, as well as fit in a backpack with other materials and light enough to carry. We purchase 11 inch Chromebooks for students grade 3 to 8 and recommend 13 or 14 inch Chromebooks for high school students.  Although we cannot recommend what brand of device you purchase, we can inform you that we ordered Lenovo 100e Chromebooks for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. We seriously considered the 300e for its touch screen and the 500e for the added stylus capabilities.  
  • iPads (K-2). The only requirement is that it be able to run the latest iOS version.