Internet access for student devices is filtered while at school. When students take their devices home, parents can set family media balance plan with their children based on school’s Responsible Use Agreements. and their family values. This page is intended to provide some basic information for parents who wish to implement parental controls and filtering on their child’s device while at home.
Click on this link to see how to use parental controls on your child’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Set up Parental Controls on a student MacBook (Gr.4-6):
Please note that these steps are written for macOS 10.14 (Mojave). For macOS 10.15 (Catalina), parental controls is set within Screen Time. Please follow the steps in this link for the setup guide.
1.Logout from the student account and login to the parent account. If you don’t know the parent account password, please write an email to OneDoor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reset the password.
2.Go to Apple menu > System Preferences…
3.Click on “Users & Groups”.
4.Click on the “lock” to make changes.
5.Type your MacBook password to unlock
6.Make sure you click on the student account, then choose “Enable parental controls” and “Open Parental Controls…”
7.There are a number of settings you can choose to change for the user.
8.In the Apps section, click on “Limit Applications on this Mac” to allow the user to open only the specified applications on the MacBook.
9.In the Web section, click on “Try to limit access to adult websites”. Click on “Customise…”
10.Some websites are used by common school-related tasks and parents need to make sure these websites are in the always allow list. Please test this function with your child to see what websites are needed for school work. The list above is just an example of some tools.
11.In the Time section, set desired time restrictions and bedtime hours.
12.In order prevent conflicts with school’s device management system, parental controls should be switched off when the student MacBook is brought back to school for learning.
The following is to support teachers in providing online education for their students.
It will be updated as new resources are identified.
Please email OneDoor with recommended additions or if you have any questions about any resource or other information provided through this page.
As an overriding consideration, it is important to not see Online teaching as not just an issue of what tools the teacher might prefer. There are crucial process and pedagogical considerations to also consider.
Most research advice is geared for post-school age students. K-12 needs to take into account the different needs and capabilities of children across K-12, including age, motivations and role of parent
Online learning research is also strongly aligned to pre-designing for online as a primary delivery form, whereas this page is primarily in response to a school closure situation.
Technology is never neutral, nor provides a ‘solution’ as a one variable consideration
While good teaching is good teaching anywhere (driven by relationships, expertise and structure), teaching online requires consideration of differences in teacher-student relationship and teacher management requirements
Parents role is a critical consideration depending on age, as many K-12 students might not be ot independent self-directed learners as defined for tertiary considerations.
From the research (Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research Linda B. Nilson and Ludwika A. Goodson (2018))
Good Online Education is evident in
Clear Learning Objective (Alignment of all aspects (content, learning activities, assessments))
Support for the range of self-directed learning appropriate for age and diversity of student approaches (and associate parental involvement)
Teacher presence through interactions with students
Reliable / Function Technology
Understanding Cognitive Impacts (see below)
Virtual Classrooms that promote student interaction, have well managed resources and activities, and cater for the individual differences between students
Evidence of Teacher considerations
Encouragement of contact between students and faculty
Development of reciprocity and cooperation among students
Encouragement of active learning
Giving of prompt feedback
Emphasizing of time on task
Communication of high expectations
Respect for diverse talents and ways of learning (Chickering & Gamson (1987) on undergraduate learning)
Screencastify is a Google Chrome Extension for screen recording. The school now has a full licence for Screencastify. This tool works much like screencast-o-matic but without time limits. Screencastify is a Google product, so videos are automatically to your Google Drive. Here is a video showing how to use it.