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UV Technology Committee

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The Unadilla Valley CSD Technology Committee is tasked with guiding the implementation and use of technology to support learning at all levels at our school. 
 
A key component of the Unadilla Valley CSD Technology Plan is the district's 1:1 Learning Initiative, which features students receiving their own iPads in grades 5 through grade 12.
 
 

 
 

Tech Corner

Here's what is happening at UV 
 
Parents’ Ultimate Guide to YouTube Kids

Is YouTube Kids really safe for kids?
How does it work, and how do you set filters and parental controls?
Learn more about this kid-targeted, but sometimes iffy, YouTube-lite app.

What is YouTube Kids?
YouTube Kids is a kid-targeted version of YouTube that features curated, ad-supported TV shows, music, educational videos, and user-created content. You can create user profiles for each of your kids, so the app can tailor its selections individually. One of the best features of YouTube kids is the timer, which lets you set a limit (up to an hour) for your kids to play on the app. 

Is YouTube kids safe?
YouTube Kids is mostly safe, but there’s a small chance kids could see nudity, violence, or just weird stuff, as well as ads for stuff like junk food. Technically, the app is a portal to the main YouTube service and uses and algorithm to filter out the grown-up stuff and funnel the kid stuff to the app. On the plus side for parents, YouTube offers fair warning that kids may see something that you don’t want them to see and you can block and report inappropriate videos.

How do I set parental controls on YouTube Kids?
The main parental control setting is the ability to allow your kids to search for videos in the app or not. Disabling search limits videos to only the one that have been verified as age-appropriate by people on the YouTube Kids team. You can select “trusted channels” and topics in the Collections section, as well as restrict the “recommended” channels to only ones that have been viewed and OK’ed by a human. To access these settings, you unlock the “grown-ups only” section by using either a random passcode (written out so that pre-readers can’t use it) or a custom passcode you create. Then you log into your Google account and select the user whose profile you want to add controls to.

 
Tecnology Committee members include:

Secondary School
Christine Bieniek
Bruce McGowan
Jessica DeVries
Tresta Smith
Megan Tumilowicz
Will Rexroat  

Elementary School
Paulette Gage
Heather Davis
Renee Collum
Melissa Osborne
Jane Prohaska
Amanda DelReal

Technology Department
Bonnie Showe

Board of Education
Vicky Gregory

South New Berlin Library
Robin Avolio

Administration
Brenton Taylor
 

Community
Elaine Lull
Sue Slavicek

The Technology Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month and conducts student and staff surveys at the end of each school year. The surveys are reviewed in the summer and help guide the district's  work in updating the Technology Plan.