Each school district in Florida has been provided with a digital classroom allocation. In order to receive these dollars, the school district has had to collaboratively develop and submit a plan for how best to use that allocation to improve student and teacher access to digital tools and resources. Prior to the development of this plan, the Gilchrist County School District and Superintendent Rob Rankin already had technology goals. In an effort to increase the use and availability of technology as a teaching and learning tool, the school district purchased classroom sets of iPads for grades K-2, as well as one laptop cart for each elementary school.
Each year, the school district has used the DCP allocation to purchase laptops for students, moving toward a 1:1 goal. Both high schools have met that 1:1 goal. All 9th graders are provided with a laptop each August. These laptops are expected to be the responsibility of the student, and will be in the care of the student throughout high school. The device will be turned in at the end of each school year for general maintenance, and will be re-issued at the beginning of the following school year. Laptops will be disseminated to students at Parent Nights planned for August 15 and August 16. See below for information on these Parent Nights.
Laptop carts are in place in grades 6-8, and both elementary schools will have a 1:1 student to device ratio for grades 3-5 in 2016-17. This means that every student in grades 3-5 will have a laptop for his or her use at school!
Training for teachers has been provided through a $75,000 Professional Development for Digital Learning grant. "It is important not only that technology is available, but also that our teachers are experts in how best to use these types of tools to deliver and differentiate instruction for all types of learners," explains Superintendent Rankin.
These efforts to improve access to digital tools are being strategically integrated and coordinated with efforts to increase technology through other sources as well. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) efforts also support the goals of this project.
|Parent Nights and Laptop Sign-Out|
|Student Assemblies will be held at each high school for all 9th graders on August 15th. At these assemblies, students will be provided with information on dates/times for Parent Nights, review digital citizenship concerns, learn about privacy issues, and see what their new laptops and cases will look like. In addition, we will remind students that this is a privilege and that laptops can be confiscated, that there are repercussions for misuse, and that our IT department will be automatically notified regarding attempts to access any inappropriate sites. These sites will be blocked by a filter, but students will be able to access social media from home. The laptops that are being provided to students will have been loaded with all of their textbooks in digital format. Student laptop use at school should be consistent with how and when textbooks would have been used in the past. Students will be provided with guidelines and expectations at these assemblies.
Students will actually receive their laptops upon completion of contracts and training that will take place at each high school auditorium. Parent Nights have been scheduled for August 15 and August 16. The times are listed below:
BELL HIGH SCHOOL TRENTON HIGH SCHOOL
Aug 15: 6:30-8:00 Aug 15: 4:30-6:00
Aug 16: 4:30-6:00 Aug 16: 6:30-8:00
The parent must be present, have a picture ID, and sign a contract in order for the student to receive the laptop. In addition, the student must sign indicating that s/he understands and agrees to the conditions. The parent and student will be required to move through several informational booths prior to being assigned a laptop. Helpful documents are available below.
Documents Related to Digital Classroom Plan Implementation
1:1 Equipment Take-Home Opt-Out Form for Day Users
1:1 Equipment Loan Form
Student / Parent Acceptable Use Policy Agreement
Frequently Asked Questions for Students / Parents
Digital Classroom Plan
Professional Development for Digital Learning
Spring 2015 Technology Training Calendar for Teachers
Technology Integration Matrix
DigitalCitizen.net describes Digital Citizenship as "the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use." Digital Citizenship has 9 themes: Access, Commerce, Communication, Literacy, Etiquette, Law, Rights and Responsibilities, Health and Wellness, and Security. Please access the resources here to help you understand and become a good Digital Citizen.
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