Tech Integration


This year the district began implementing 1:1 at the elementary level.

All fifth grade students now have daily access to a Chromebook.   Each student has a Google school account and will utilize Canvas to access online assignments.   All students have the opportunity to log into their Google Chrome school account from home.  The following link has directions for you to help your child log on to their Google account. Additionally, you can find the Canvas link either in the student bookmarks or at the District 100 website under the resources tab.

On each of the elementary school websites, under the Academics tab, there is now a link to technology tools. Here you can find information on: internet access at home, digital citizenship, training resources, and frequently asked questions.

Did you know that our staff is continually going through training and learning new ways to integrate technology into their teaching?  Our school has an instructional coach that provides professional development to staff on a monthly basis. One of the programs he has taught staff to use with students is Screencastify.  More than half of our classrooms are using this program. Students can use this program to practice their speech and language skills, answer questions, or reflect on what they have learned.  Students record themselves on a Chromebook and the teacher is able to view their video at a later time. Ask your child if they have used Screencastify!

Technology Corner 

Parental Controls on Home WiFi 

Written by: Alan McCormick

One of the most frequent question we receive in the Technology department is “How do I limit what my child does on their Chromebook at home.” The most effective way to do this is by using the parental controls on your wifi router. Depending on your brand of router, you can set time limits for you child, restrict what websites they access, and monitor their activity. All routers are different, so we have provide some links below to guide you in setting up some of these features.
 

How to article NetGear Google WiFi Linksys
TP Link Asus XFinity Frontier


Karen Blomgren, Mike Bradford, Alan McCormick
Instructional Coaches for Technology

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4/19/2018

“The Belvidere School District strongly believes that 1:1 classrooms enhance the educational experience for a child.  Technology integration increases a student's ability to stay engaged, stay organized, and allows for greater opportunities of collaboration between peers and outside experts.”

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the fourth and fifth grade classrooms across the district will be 1:1 classrooms.  This tool will help our students grow and access new resources that could not exist without Chromebooks. It is important that students are prepared to use this valuable device. Similar to a pencil, headsets or earbuds will now be required. You can purchase these online or at any department store with an electronics department. They are also available at the Dollar Store.  

Additionally, some students are more comfortable using a mouse. Please discuss this with your child as they are welcome to bring a mouse to school. Finally, during the summer months the district will be hosting a Chromebook bootcamp to help the incoming 4th and 5th-grade students prepare for the coming year. Please look for the scheduled dates in early May.

Credit: www.district100.com
 

Karen Blomgren, Mike Bradford

Instructional Coaches for Technology

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