Instructional Technology

K-12 Programs
Today’s students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and apply their learning.  Digital age skills are vital for preparing students to work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.  Learning to simply use technology is no longer enough.

Teachers need to integrate the use of technology in all aspects of classroom instruction.  They must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world.

 

Technology Team Leaders

Technology Team Leaders (TTL) represent their schools on the District Technology Committee.  They also:
  • Serve as technology liaison to convey information, expectations, and concerns between the site and the district
  • Advise the principal on matters related to instructional technology
  • Serve as an example of effective technology use in the classroom
  • Strive to make technology user friendly for students and instructional staff

Chromebook FAQ’s

What kind of computer will my son/daughter receive?

All students in grades 2-12 will receive a Chromebook.  Chromebooks are a new type of laptop computer that depend on the internet for their programs and applications.  They run Chrome OS, an operating system that has multiple layers of security, cloud storage, and the most popular Google products built-in.

Will students need to carry their Chromebooks to and from school?

Elementary students will probably not need to take their Chromebooks home this year.  Starting next year, however, some of your student’s textbooks may be placed on their Chromebook, and they may need to take it home to complete homework.

Because middle and high school students travel from class to class, they have no place to keep their Chromebooks at school.  They will need to carry their Chromebooks from home to school each day.

What happens if my son’s or daughter’s Chromebook is lost or damaged?

Our school will treat each Chromebook the same as a textbook.  Students with a lost or damaged Chromebook will be given a replacement.  However, they will be expected to pay the cost for its replacement or repair.  The cost for a new Dell Chromebook (with the upgrades required by the district) is $250.00.

Is it possible to insure my student’s Chromebook against loss or theft?

Although the school district does not provide insurance for computers, parents may choose to purchase insurance for their child’s Chromebook.  Insurance policies for this type of laptop computer cost about $40 per year.

What safeguards are in place to protect students on the internet?

Every effort has been made to safeguard students’ safety and privacy as they use these new digital tools.  For example, internet access will be limited in much the same way that parental control settings work on television.  Student email messages will be continuously scanned for inappropriate content such as messages involving threats, violence, drugs, and other items that are inappropriate in school settings.  Our school will also ensure that every student learns his or her responsibilities as a “digital citizen” through participation in digital citizenship lessons about internet safety, privacy, cyberbullying, information literacy, etc.

What if we don’t have internet service at home?

Chromebooks come with enough internal memory to allow students to complete most assignments offline.  Any offline work will be synced in their digital folders as soon as they reconnect to the internet.

Will these computers replace paper and pencil?

These new devices will allow students to research and create, to work together, and to organize their learning in ways that can’t be done with traditional paper resources.  This does not mean that our students won’t ever use paper and pencil.  It just means that they will not be limited to that medium alone.

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