Purpose: Educators have many choices when it comes to digital learning resources, however, with choices comes the responsibility to our students. We must be sure resources are curricula aligned, age-appropriate, and compliant with student privacy laws.
Tech Orders Software reviews may take up to 30 days for approval. Most requests are approved within 5 to 10 days but may take up to 30 days for a vendor to complete a legal student data privacy contract if students will be using the software.
List of Approved Apps at Modesto City Schools
On the Student Tech Help Center Website, we have our list of approved applications
NEW: We now have a Drone Drivers License Program and Drone Buying Guide. All drone purchases through TechOrders will need certification of the Drone Drivers License Program before they can be purchased.
On the MCS Help Desk Portal, click on Service Catalog on the left side navigation menu
Choose Technology Orders from the services listed
Complete the online form for Technology Orders
You will be able to track your status on the home page of the MCS Help Desk Portal, under the My Tickets section
Software Tech Orders would include:
Software, Applications, and Web-Based Applications
Chrome Extensions/ Google Workplace Add-ons
Renewals of Applications
What we review for approval:
Review if we currently have an approved application or a District licensed application that would be suggested as an alternative to the requested tech order submitted
Send it for review by CIPD or the appropriate department to ensure it complements the adopted curriculum, if applicable
If the request is for a school site license for all teachers at the site, then we will negotiate on behalf of the school site for the license to assist with reducing costs for the school site
If Approved: we will notify the requester of our decision for purchase, approval of the installation, and/or allow use.
If Not Approved: we will notify the requester of our decision. We will suggest an alternative or ask the requester to recommend another alternative. If asked for an alternative, please reflect on your learning goals and standards you are trying to align with the tool to assist with selecting the appropriate technology tool.
We will review the policies of any applications submitted for Tech Orders to ensure they are in compliance with State and Federal Laws with Student Data Privacy. We will not approve any applications that share or sell student data or the policy does not comply with Student Data Privacy Laws. Vendor Student Data Privacy can be found on their website or requested by email to the vendor.
Vendors may receive badges from third-party evaluators on their policies to have showcasing compliance with Student Data Privacy:
Educators can learn more about Student Data Privacy to protect themselves and their students while choosing technology tools in the classroom
iKeepSafe Resources for Educators including FERPA and COPPA 101 information
Edpuzzle offers the Privacy and Security Certification for Educators
www.studentdataprivacy.net California Student Privacy Alliance (CSPA)
https://privacy.a4l.org Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) Goals
https://sdpc.a4l.org Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC) Resource Registry