We can only see what students choose to store on on school-owned devices or in their school-managed Google Drive or school GMail accounts. We cannot search through personal files on private devices, nor do we have the time, resources, or inclination to do so.
The same holds true for the digital "lockers" the school provides students in the form of Google Drive, along with the information that students choose to put there. That school-managed Google Drive account is also school property, and is subject to search at any time by school officials.
It's fairly easy to equate the physical devices to things like microscopes and playground equipment. These things are all easily understood to be "property." However, when we think of information stored in Google Drive, things can start to get a bit murky - it's not really physical "things" we commonly think of as property.
Instead, think of the school-managed Google Drive like a digital version of the hallway locker that the school provides for students to use - it's a place to hold "stuff." Storing digital files in a school-managed Google Drive account is like putting books, assignments, and other materials inside a locker at school.
Teachers are expected to manage student behaviors in educational environments to promote good learning experiences. Additionally, we also use Hapara Interact to help teachers manage students' online behaviors. Many teachers use Interact to push out web-based activities to students, provide assistance remotely, and even give private encouragement or reminders to stay on-task. Of course, another part of Interact is the ability for a teacher to see all the tabs that a student has open on school-managed Chromebooks, a feature often-lamented by students who would rather surf YouTube & play computer games when they should be working on school activities.
- When students use home computers to access Google Drive, teachers still cannot see what's on the home computer.
- Hapara does not work on your home computer. Hapra only works on school-managed Chromebooks.
We trust that students will continue to make responsible decisions regarding privacy. We hope that parents and guardians will help us reinforce to students the importance of keeping their school and personal files separate.