Weekly Letter (Dec 5 ’16)

Greetings Parents & Families,

I would like to tell you a bit about our latest influx of technology and new devices here at Star. Most recently we purchased a large order of HP Chromebooks that will allow us to provide class sets to our upstairs 5th through 8th grade teachers. Lockable carts have been placed in or by the classrooms for easy access and safe storage of our equipment. Teachers can now use a class set of devices to enhance their lessons, provide student learning scaffolds, and make good use of the World Wide Web and all the information it has to offer.

In addition to the new Chromebooks we have more laptops, desktops, and iPads which are used in our Technology & Computer classes for Kindergarten through 4th grades. Students are provided supplemental curriculum support, specifically in Math and English, and begin learning and practicing with coding and robotics in our class. The Google platform and its applications are primarily used by students and teachers, and its many services allow a wide range of possibilities for class activities. Students are taught not only about a subject through the use of technology but also how to care for such a wonderful tool.

The Appendices of the Family Handbook includes a Copy of Technology Acceptable Use Policy & Internet.This is something to which teachers may refer and utilize in class. The contract includes several terms and conditions designed to focus students on personal responsibility and acceptable use of their technology. Netiquette and cyber security are also high priorities. Students and parents should be familiar with the rules and regulations of the contract and understand various ways which we can work together to secure the safety and enjoyment of our students’ learning experience.

Students may also bring their own technology to use in class, and the attached permission slip is used to see that all personal equipment is also handled with care.

Best,

Mr. Kaiser

 

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