The Digital Innovation Department supports student and staff access to technology and digital resources through the use of district-owned Chromebooks and tablets paired with approved software and online services.
Digital Innovation is more than "1 Device Per Student." Providing access to educational technology resources supports student learning and engagement; teaches students how to effectively use and navigate digital resources; and helps develop digital citizenship. Through blended learning activities, students also acquire technological and digital skills they may someday use in the workplace.
Blended learning is not distance learning. Educational activities are still in-person. In blended learning environments, technology use is integrated into instruction in order to teach students how to access information, utilize digital tools, create classwork and projects, and collaborate with other students and their teachers. Blended learning empowers our students to become informed global citizens.
Blended Learning activities can include, but are not limited to:
- Collaboration with the teacher and other students in the classroom
- Original creation and presentation of academic work
- Research on topics being studied in school
- Research for opportunities outside of school related to community service, employment or further education.
- What types of devices are used in the Duluth Public Schools?
- How will my child use their device to support their learning?
- Why does my child need a Duluth Public Schools device? We already have one at home.
- What if I don't want my child to have a device?
- What if the device is damaged or destroyed?
- What if the device just isn't working properly?
- What if the device is lost or stolen?
- What if the battery dies during the school day?
- What if the device is forgotten at home?
- What if a family moves within the district (and the student changes schools)?
- What if a family moves out of the district?
- What if a family moves into the district mid-year?
- What if a student uses the device inappropriately?
- What happens to devices at the end of the school year?
- How should the devices be cleaned?
- How should students back up their work?
|Kindergarten and Grade 1
|There is a set of Chrome tablets in all K-1 classrooms for use in small group instruction and students will also have access to a class set of Chromebooks in the media center.
|There is a class set of Chromebooks in each classroom for every day use and there is a set in the media center.
|Students in will be individually assigned a Chromebook device and charger and are expected to carry it to and from school as needed for schoolwork. Carrying cases are also provided to protect the Chromebook from damages.
- The Digital Innovation program is designed to improve student achievement by expanding and enhancing technology access, collaboration capabilities, and creativity for students in their learning. In order to do this, the Duluth Public Schools uses many different tools and digital programs to support your child's learning. Please speak with your child's teacher(s) about what that might look like for them.
- Due to the nature of our district's Cyber Security Insurance Policy, the Duluth Public Schools does not offer free WiFi access for students to use personal devices at school. In order for students to be able to access WiFi at school to complete their schoolwork, they will need a district issued device.
- Accidents happen and Chromebooks are not indestructible. If something happens to a student's device, they should visit their site's Digital Innovation Specialist to request a replacement. Depending on the type of damage, your student might be issued a replacement fee. Refer to the Blended Learning Consent Form for more information. Fines are issued through Infinite Campus and can be paid online or through cash or check brought directly to the school.
- Lost or stolen devices should be reported to the building's Digital Innovation Specialist as soon as possible. Reporting a missing device allows the district to disable it and provide a replacement as necessary. Depending on the situation, your student might be issued a replacement fee. Refer to the Blended Learning Consent Form for more information. Fines are issued through Infinite Campus and can be paid online or through cash or check brought directly to the school.
- If the lost or stolen device is located, it should be returned to the Digital Innovation Specialist as soon as possible and any associated fines may be voided.
- Secondary Students: When a 6th-12th grade student transfers school buildings, but stays within the Duluth Public School District, they can keep their assigned district device and take it with them to their new building.
- Elementary Students: If your elementary student is changing buildings, but is staying within the Duluth Public Schools, the clerical staff and/or your student's new teacher should communicate with the building's Digital Innovation Specialist to ensure that there will be a device available for your student in their new classroom.
- The Duluth Public Schools utilizes a complex set of internet filters to promote a safe and healthy online environment. That said, the internet changes quickly and no filter is 100% effective at blocking questionable content. If students use their school issued device to access inappropriate content or to engage in conduct such as cyberbullying, they are subject to disciplinary procedures at the discretion of building administration in accordance with district policies and the Family and Student Handbook.
- Student work should be done using the Google Suite of programs (Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.). Google Suites is cloud-based and will allow students to have continued access to their work on any device that has internet access. If students do not have access to the internet at home, they are still able to use Google Suite offline. For assistance using Google programs offline, please reach out to your building's Digital Innovation Specialist.
General Care Instructions
Each device has an identifying asset tag which must not be removed or altered. The device must remain free of all other writing, drawings, stickers or labels.
Screens on all devices should only be cleaned with a soft, clean cloth. Chemical cleaners or liquids, including water, should not be used on any device.
Students should not put weight on the device. They should not be stacked or wedged tightly into a backpack. The case or laptop should not be used as a folder or for holding other items.
Liquids, food, and other debris can damage the devices. Devices should be kept away from such material at all times.
Devices should not be exposed to extreme temperature conditions. Students should not leave a device in an area that would have temperatures below freezing or above 95 degrees. Devices should never be left in a vehicle overnight.
All repairs must be completed through the ISD 709 Technology Department. Due to warranty guidelines, students and/or their families must not complete or arrange for any repairs.
This is not an exhaustive list of how to care for the device. For more information, please see How to Handle and Care for Chromebooks.
- Chromebook Cleaning/Disinfecting Instructions
- Chromebook Damage Inspection
- How to Connect Chromebook to WiFi
Charges and Replacements
Schools that receive federal funding have a legal responsibility to protect student data, and the Duluth Public Schools closely follows several federal laws to protect students and their information:
Families are asked to complete the Blended Learning 1 to 1 Agreement Form as soon as possible for each school year. The Blended Learning Form is a dual purpose contract that, once signed, both gives your student access to district technology (Chromebooks) and also authorizes your consent for your student(s) to use district approved online resources at school to enhance their learning (Internet Filtering).
If you are the parent/guardian of a student entering Grades 2 through 12, this form is an agreement to issue a Chromebook to your student for the duration of the school year. The device will be used as part of our Blended Learning Initiative to enhance in-person learning through the access and use of digital resources and technology. Until this form is signed and returned, your student will not be issued a Chromebook.
If you are the parent/guardian of a student aged 18 years or younger, this form authorizes your consent for your student to use district approved online resources for instructional purposes. To continue to provide students with the most effective tools to enhance their learning, teachers and librarians may use educational web-based programs and applications. Many of the educational web-based programs and applications require parent permission for children age 18 and under.
- Are the district-owned Chromebooks filtered at school? At home?
- Who makes the decision about what is filtered or not filtered from the internet?
- What if my child goes to inappropriate sites?
At school: When connected to school internet, district-owned Chromebooks have a series of filters on them through Google, Linewize, Classwize, and our Palo Alto Firewall/Filter.
At home: When they are taken home, district-owned devices maintain the filters that are in place through Google, Linewize, and Classwize. Your home internet situation will determine the firewalls that are in place.
The internet filters we have in place at the Duluth Public Schools follow federal laws from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In addition to that, our Technology Department and the Digital Innovation Department work together to ensure that inappropriate content is filtered and devices are used for educational purposes. Click the links below to learn more about the federal laws in place to protect our students.
The Duluth Public Schools utilizes a complex set of internet filters to promote a safe and healthy online environment. That said, the internet changes quickly and no filter is 100% effective at blocking questionable content. If students use their school issued device to access inappropriate content or to engage in conduct such as cyberbullying, they are subject to disciplinary procedures at the discretion of building administration in accordance with district policies and the Family and Student Handbook.
Infinite Campus Information
Access your student's information on the web or via a mobile device.
Please contact your child's school for details.
Prior to entering your username and password in the mobile app, please search for school district by district name and state.
District Name: Duluth
District State: Minnesota
Please follow the link below for any troubleshooting issues you may have:
Infinite Campus Parent/Student Help Center
Please Note! Infinite Campus Parent Portal Notifications
All families in Infinite Campus Parent Portal will automatically be set up to receive the following types of messages:
- Priority Notification
- General Notification
Families may log into Parent Portal and opt out of all settings EXCEPT Emergency and Priority, which will remain selected for all families. This will ensure that, when there's a school emergency, all families in Infinite Campus for that school receive notification. This could include lockdowns, evacuations, weather closings and all situations requiring immediate response. Thanks for all you do to help keep our schools safe.
For any issue with a Chromebook or for support with digital learning programs, please contact your building's Digital Innovation Specialist (listed below).
For help with malfunctioning or broken desktop Computers, SMART Boards, Phones, and other non-Chromebook Technology, staff members should fill out a Help Desk Ticket.
Peter Graves, Educational Technology and Innovation Coordinator
Location: District Wide
Phone: 218-336-8700 x2318
Elisabeth (Buffy) Helstrom, Digital Innovation Specialist
Location: Duluth East High School and Congdon Park Elementary School
Phone: 218-336-8845 x2519
Parker Huber, Digital Innovation Specialist
Location: Laura MacArthur Elementary School, Lowell Elementary School, Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, and Piedmont Elementary School
Phone: 218-336-8700 x1245
Elizabeth Peterson, Digital Innovation Specialist
Location: Lincoln Park Middle School and Care and Treatment Programs
Phone: 218-336-8880 x2636
Robin Ryme, Digital Innovation Specialist
Location: Denfeld High School, ALC, and AEO
Phone: 218-336-8830 x1246
Breanna Shofner, Digital Innovation Specialist
Location: Ordean East Middle School
Phone: 218-336-8940 x1242
Sawm (Peter) Vang, Digital Innovation Specialist
Location: Homecroft Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School, Lester Park Elementary School, Stowe Elementary School
Phone: 218-336-8700 x1203