Parent Information

"Every student will have a personalized learning plan that supports them in being college and career ready and have the interpersonal skills important to life success."

We believe in a balanced approach to the use of technology, and that devices should be used purposefully to collect data, communicate, collaborate and create. Our technology devices are tools, and are useful in supporting us as we strive to meet the objectives of the Strategic Plan, including the need to personalize learning for each student.

Big 3

These are the three guides Shawnee Mission School District is using to direct teachers in their classroom use of technology. Our goal is that students learn to balance proper use of academic screen time, understand the purpose of the programs and tasks they are doing on devices and that communication home helps to keep all stake holders informed.  


  • For every 10-20 minutes of input or consumption in any lesson or device use, there needs to be an opportunity for physical activity and interpersonal interaction. 
  • Share with students the different types of screen time: Academic vs Entertainment. Explain the need for balance: Consumption, Communication, Creation, or Collaboration.
  • Recess is for physical activity and interacting with peers not device use.


  • Device is most powerful when used for differentiation,  personalized learning, accommodation, and creation of content.
  • Determine a purpose for use of the device…
    • Collection of data
    • Collaboration
    • Creation of content
    • Consumption of information


  • Share with parents the apps and/or websites  being used and why.
  • Ensure students can explain why as well. 
  • Create a classroom device policy.
  • Specifically cue what students should do with their eyes, earbuds, devices, and hands.

Home Tips

  • Set a clear space for studying and device use in a main room in the home. 
  • Monitor student technology use at home. Click Here for more ideas to monitor technology. 
  • Define academic screen time vs entertainment screen time. 
  • Charge and store devices in a central location in the home. 
  • Encourage a healthy balance of technology use at home. 
  • Preview programs, games and apps before allowing your child to view or play with them. Organizations such as Common Sense Media can help you determine what's appropriate. Better yet, watch, play or use them with your child.
  • Seek out interactive options that engage your child, rather than those that just require pushing and swiping or staring at the screen.
  • On personal devices and school iPads, use parental controls to block or filter internet content. For more information check out Apple’s resource page here.
  • Make sure your child is close by during screen time so that you can supervise his or her activities.
  • Ask your child regularly what programs, games and apps he or she has played with during the day.
  • When watching programming with your child, discuss what you're watching and educate him or her about advertising and commercials.
  • Prioritize unplugged, unstructured playtime.
  • Create tech-free zones or times, such as during mealtime or one night a week.
  • Discourage use of media entertainment during homework.
  • Set and enforce daily or weekly screen time limits and curfews, such as no exposure to devices or screens one hour before bedtime.
  • Consider using apps that control the length of time a child can use a device.
  • Limit your own screen time.
  • Digital Wellbeing Family Guide from Google


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