Technology in the Classroom
District 15 provides a 21st century learning environment with technology resources to enhance student learning. All classroom teachers use ceiling-mounted LCD projectors, document cameras, and laptop computers to access interactive instructional materials. Students have access to computers and/or laptops. Elementary classrooms also have a set of desktop computers. All classrooms have access to mobile devices with a wide range of applications for learning and assessment. Since we are a Google Apps for Education district, all students in District 15 have a Google account, where they can utilize cloud-based storage to create and save their work. A 1:1 Chromebook program for students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 has been implemented.
TECHNOLOGY STANDARDS for K-8
21st century students are:
- Capable information technology users
- Information seekers, analyzers, and evaluators
- Problem solvers and decision makers
- Creative and effective users of productivity tools
- Communicators, collaborators, publishers, and producers
- Informed, responsible, and contributing citizens
From National Educational Technology Standards for Students—Connecting Curriculum and Technology published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) NETS project.
The mission of School District 15 is to produce world-class learners by building a connected learning community.
World-class learners in the 21st century must be technology literate. Setting technology standards for our students is one of the ways we can fulfill our mission.
In District 15, technology skills are developed through coordinated activities that support learning and the curriculum. While some skills such as keyboarding must be taught as a standalone subject, it is not our intent to create a separate technology curriculum.
Technology skills must be incorporated into existing curriculum so that students have a clear understanding of not only the skill but its application as well.
A committee of District 15 teachers developed the technology standards for Grades K through 8. Multiple groups within the District 15 community then reviewed the standards. Input from those groups was reviewed and the standards were revised to reflect that input. These standards were also shared with High School Districts 211 and 214 as part of a technology curriculum articulation effort among all of the school districts in northwest Cook County.
Work is being done to align these with the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS) from ISTE.
1:1 Chromebook Information
Preparing students to be successful in a digital age and global economy is a responsibility that Community Consolidated School District 15 takes very seriously.
Community Consolidated School District 15 issues a Chromebook to all students in Grades 6-8. Students in multigrade classrooms with 6th graders will be issued a Chromebook as well.
Students will be able to use their individual, district-issued Chromebooks to access Google Apps for Education which are free learning tools that foster collaboration, exploration, and content creation.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been developed to answer many questions that parents and students may have about this exciting new initiative. The FAQ and other information about the Chromebook initiative can be found on the District’s website.
Network Use Agreement
Electronic networks, including the Internet, are a part of the District’s instructional program to help promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. Students and parents must read and sign the Network Use Agreement and Network Use Guidelines Letter of Agreement before students are granted use of the Internet. A copy of the agreement is available in all school offices.
Students who have a signed Network Use Guidelines Letter of Agreement form on file will, under the supervision of a staff member, be allowed to use the Internet to access appropriate learning resources. District 15 provides supervision and uses a commercial Internet filtering program to prevent access to materials that may be defamatory, inaccurate, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate in the school setting. It is impossible, however, to control all material, and a user may inadvertently discover inappropriate material. Ultimately, parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible for setting and conveying standards for their children. Student use of inappropriate material or language or violation of copyright laws may result in a student’s loss of Internet privileges. Parents are legally responsible for their child’s actions.
Learning Resource Center (LRC)
The LRC houses a wide variety of educational materials, including books, videos, software, tapes, and other media. The LRC teacher assists students and teachers in all areas of the curriculum. The LRC is open to all children in the school as well as to entire classrooms, small groups, or individuals working on special projects.
Adult volunteers assist the media center teacher and also help increase its effectiveness. the LRC is a great place to volunteer!