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 in the 2017-18 school year.
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, and the ISAT.
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.
Essential skills that students must possess in order to meet the challenges and opportunities that will face them in their families, workplace, and community include the ability to:
- Think critically and solve problems;
- Effectively collaborate with others;
- Take initiative;
- Access and analyze information;
- Demonstrate high levels of oral and written communication;
- Remain curious and imaginative;
- Remain persistent;
- Take calculated risks;
- Tolerate failure;
- Be resilient.
—Wagner, T., & Compton, R. A. (2012).
Creating innovators: The making of young people who will change the world.
New York: Scribner.
Technology represents a powerful and motivating tool that educators can use to teach, model, and reinforce these essential skills to students. As a result, Community Consolidated School District 15 will issue a Chromebook to all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades beginning in the fall of 2017-2018. 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.
Many of our neighboring school districts have already implemented a 1:1 student to device initiative including: Community Consolidated School District 21, School District 54, Community Consolidated School District 59, and Township High School District 211. Arlington Heights School District 25 will be implementing a 1:1 initiative during the 2017-2018 school year.
We are learning from and with our neighboring school districts. Community Consolidated School District 15 is anticipating that parents and students will have questions about this exciting new initiative for the 2017-2018 school year. With this in mind, 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 1:1 Chromebook initiative (e.g., optional insurance plan, claim forms, etc.) can be found online.
Preparar a los estudiantes para tener éxito en la era digital y la economía mundial es una responsabilidad que el Distrito Escolar Comunitario Consolidado 15 se toma muy en serio.
Las habilidades esenciales que deben poseer los estudiantes con el fin de responder a los desafíos y oportunidades a las que se enfrentarán en su familia, trabajo y la comunidad incluyen la capacidad de:
- Pensar críticamente y resolver problemas;
- Colaborar efectivamente con los demás;
- Tomar la iniciativa;
- Accesar y analizar la información;
- Demostrar altos niveles de comunicación oral y escrita;
- Permanecer curioso e imaginativo;
- Permanecer persistente;
- Tomar riesgos calculados;
- Tolerar el fracaso;
- Ser resistente.
—Wagner, T., y Compton, RA (2012).
La creación de innovadores: La fabricación de los jóvenes que van a cambiar el mundo.
Nueva York: Scribner.
La tecnología representa una herramienta poderosa y motivadora que los educadores pueden utilizar para enseñar, modelar y reforzar estas habilidades esenciales en los estudiantes. Como resultado, el Distrito Escolar Comunitario Consolidado 15 proveerá un Chromebook a todos los estudiantes de 6º, 7º, y 8º grados a partir del otoño del año escolar 2017-2018. Los estudiantes en aulas multigrado en 6º grado recibirán también un Chromebook.
Los estudiantes serán capaces de utilizar su propio Chromebook, provisto por el Distrito para accesar a Google Apps for Education, las cuales son herramientas de aprendizaje gratuitas que fomentan la colaboración, la exploración y la creación de contenidos.
Muchos de nuestros distritos escolares vecinos ya han implementado, con esta iniciativa, una relación de 1:1 de un estudiante a este dispositivo, estos distritos incluyen: Distrito Escolar Comunitario Consolidado 21, Distrito 54, Distrito Escolar Comunitario Consolidado 59, y el Distrito Escolar Municipal de Escuelas Secundarias 211. El Distrito Escolar 25 de Arlington Heights estará implementando una iniciativa 1 a 1 durante el año escolar 2017-2018.
Nosotros estamos aprendiendo de los y con los distritos escolares vecinos. El Distrito Escolar Comunitario Consolidado 15 está previniendo que los padres y los estudiantes tendrán preguntas acerca de esta nueva iniciativa para el año escolar 2017-2018. Con esto en mente, una lista de Preguntas Más Frecuentes (FAQ) ha sido desarrollada para responder a muchas de las preguntas que los padres y los estudiantes puedan tener sobre esta nueva iniciativa.
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.
Students learn how to use multimedia to communicate as they produce and edit videos with news and events on a daily basis. Videos are viewed by students and staff in the form of morning announcements delivered over the classroom projectors.
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!