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A Parents' Guide to P-H-M Technology

Parents, we want you to be informed about the technology P-H-M has put in place to serve you and your child.


As part of P-H-M’s strategic technology goals, the District is 1:1 with Chromebooks or iPads with every student in the District, nearly 11,000 students! Students in grades 6-12 (@6,000 students) are issued a personal Chromebook device to take home with them.


Penn High School students were the first to receive Chromebooks at the start of the 2014 school year, followed by all three middle schools in 2015. 


Elementary students in grades 1-5 have Chromebooks to use in the classrooms during the school day and Kindergartners use iPads.


Click the links below for information about the following:




Chromebooks – Browsers can expand learning and extend students’ reach

Chromebooks are lightweight personal devices (keyboard with hinged screen/lid) designed for browsing the internet and accessing network items. P-H-M issues one to each middle school and high school student to carry home and use throughout their secondary school career.  Read more about the advantages of P-H-M’s Chromebook initiative and the benefits it provides to our students. 


Chromebook Technical Assistance:
If students are having a technical issue with their Chromebooks or need repairs or a replacement, families can email chromebooks@phm.k12.in.us. P-H-M’s Technology Department will respond to emails Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If necessary, appointments will be set up at the student’s home school.


​iPads – These small tablets are a good fit for young children in the Primary grades

Our iPads are loaded with educational software and learning games, and students enjoy using them. They are meant to supplement, not replace, instruction. Students are always supervised when using iPads in the classroom.



Skyward Family Access –  See your students’ grades & other student information


Canvas – Shows your student’s schoolwork and classroom information


PLEASE NOTE: In order to use these applications, P-H-M must have your email address on record.  If you have not shared an email address with your school, please contact your school’s front office to update your contact information and receive access to these applications. 


Both programs this year will require you to set your own password using the following methods. Your username will be the same for both programs.



eLearning – Provides organized online learning outside the classroom when school is canceled

eLearning is facilitated by P-H-M teachers who create lesson plans and make them available online (and offline) for students to work on outside the classroom. eLearning is an alternative to scheduling make-up days. 



School Messenger – Sends parents automated school safety notifications

School Messenger can quickly dispatch thousands of phone calls, text messages, and emails when the district has urgent information to share. Parents parents must make sure their student(s) school has their most recent emergency contact information. By logging in to School Messenger’s InfoCenter, parents can indicate their preferred method of contact. 


Facebook & Twitter – Parents, Principals, PTO’s—we all rely on these for sharing news

How great are P-H-M students!? We can't help but show them off a little! (Remember to confirm you are seeing official, not fake, accounts. If needed, request to join closed groups.) 



Clever – Allows students to visit numerous secure sites with a single login

Clever is the solution to the problem of multiple log-ins! Once logged in to P-H-M’s Clever portal, students can go directly to several of their most-used programs including Plato and Study Island.


Elementary Launch Pad – Visit this P-H-M page for quick access to age-appropriate applications 

Students will find some of their favorites here, and parents can browse offerings by subject. All are free and available online at home and at school. 


Links to Learning Resources – The educational software most used by Penn High students

This page on Penn’s website contains links to programs teachers recommend and students use. It is a quick way to find the one you need, then opening it either directly or through the Clever portal.



P-H-M’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) – Expectations for users on the district’s network

It is important for students to understand and abide by the terms in the AUP. Agreement is implied by the act of logging in to the P-H-M network, making student users accountable for their online conduct. The AUP is published in the student handbooks each year. 


Hapara – A way for teachers to monitor and control what students do on Chromebooks

In addition to equipping teachers with interactive tools, Hapara runs a school-based filter that is always operating on the networks inside our buildings so students are safe while browsing.


Securly – a way for schools and parents to monitor students online behavior on school issued Chromebooks

In addition to teachers using Hapara in the classrooms, P-H-M middle schools and Penn High School Administrators now also have Securly to help keep students safe on their school issued Chromebooks. This same tool is now free and available to P-H-M parents of middle and high schoolers. Parents will receive a weekly email from Securly.com that will show parents a preview of your student’s online activity while using their P-H-M issued Chromebook.




P-H-M’s Online Payment Systems – A safe and convenient way to pay for school fees and services

We’ve partnered with “e~Funds for Schools” to pay book fees and “RevTrak” to purchase tickets to community education classes and DVT / Planetarium shows. Click the links below for more information.


School Cafe – Parents can monitor their student’s cafeteria purchases and pay for them online

See what Junior is eating and limit the choices, if you wish. Keep tabs on account balances and replenish when needed—all online!  




Discount Plans – Internet access is becoming more important, and more affordable!

Several national discount programs are available to help eligible families get online, including the two below. The “everyone on” program lists a number of resources, including free/discounted computers and user training, for households who meet income requirements.