As foundational technology skills go throughout our society, students will be expected to apply the basics in how to solve problems, complete projects, creatively extend their abilities, prepare work, live, and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities. Functionality and skills in technology are vital in the 21st century.
The new National Educational Technology Standards identify several higher-order thinking skills and digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime to live productively in our emerging global society. These areas include the ability to:
- Use iPADs to support personal productivity, remediate skill deficits, and facilitate learning throughout the curriculum.
- Use a variety of media and technology for directed and independent learning activities.
- Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, brochures) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom.
- Communicate and collaborate with others in support of direct and independent learning.
- Demonstrate an understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity as well as practical applications to learning and problem solving.
- Research and evaluate the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, comprehensiveness, of electronic information sources concerning real-world problems.
- It has a touch interface that renders content beautifully allowing students to develop their motor skills.
- The iPAD has a 10-hour video viewing battery life, long enough to be used during the entire school day; there is no need for power outlets or cords.
- The iPAD allows students to immerse themselves in the learning process immediately without losing instructional time in the classroom.
- The iPAD is a first-rate device for student learning and interaction.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND ASSESSMENT:
The technology at HFGS supports education while streamlining classroom management, progress reports, and assessments, therefore making it possible for teachers to spend more time with students. Technology also improves our ability to communicate with parents and all other shareholders. Technology is also used for secure student record keeping, assessments, and various forms of reporting.
Grades 6, 7, and 8 iPad ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
To ensure the learning and safety of all our students, Holy Family Grade School students and parents agree to both read and follow these guidelines:
- iPads are for educational use. Students who play games, text, or access any social networks during class time will have their iPads held by the teacher until the student’s parent or guardian sets up a meeting to discuss the incident.
- iPads must be turned OFF at the beginning of the school day and will be turned on only when asked by the teacher. This will help with Internet issues.
- All iPad wallpaper and backgrounds must be school-appropriate.
- Watching videos online is disruptive to both learning and our wireless networks. Streaming videos slows the internet. Viewing videos when not asked by teachers is prohibited.
- Students are allowed to install games on the iPads. However, these games should not be on the first few home screens nor should be played during school hours.
- To ensure the safety of your iPad, students are not allowed to take their iPads out to morning or lunch recess.
- Students are responsible for updating their apps and the iPad software on a regular basis. Backups should be made on their laptop or desktop computer once or twice a month.
- Students are responsible for writing down their iPad’s lock-screen password. Teachers cannot reset this password.
- Students are allowed to have music on their iPads. However, music can only be listened to with a teacher’s permission. Streaming music is not allowed in school.
- When walking to or from school, be safe and smart! Don’t show or use your iPad. You don’t want to be at risk for being robbed or mugged.