Thanks to a matching grant from Portola Valley Schools Foundation, students in 4th and 6th grade at Corte Madera will be give an 11" Chromebook (less than 3lbs) to take to and from school to focus on accessing instructional content anytime/anywhere! This program will allow the district to remove out-dated devices from some of the classrooms and set the vision for 1:1 computing in order to create engaging, authentic, and innovative learning environments.
Today’s standards require students to use the Internet for research, publish work online, and interact and collaborate with others through virtual environments (all explicitly mentioned in the Common Core State Standards). These college and career-ready skills are essential to be a productive citizen in our 21st century workforce. This program supports ubiquitous access of devices for students in where school and home will be a connected learning environment and level the playing field for all students. Furthermore, students will gain ownership of a device that will be used throughout their tenure at Corte Madera.
As the world changes, access to a technological suite of tools is consistently growing to promote literacy, encourage critical thinking, as well as obtain the collaboration skills required of a future ready learner. This infusion of technology is shifting the way teachers teach and students learn. Supporting the diverse learning needs of our students is recognized as a key element to students achieving academic success. The effective use of technology is an integral part of this. It should help to build depth to learning in a manner that all students can access. As students learn to use these tools effectively and ethically, and as they are exposed to a variety of inquiry-based activities, guided by their teachers, they then become prepared with the skills and knowledge to make positive contributions to the world.
Some of the tasks students will accomplish with Chromebooks:
- Personalize their learning experiences
- Increase their productivity and engagement in and outside the classroom
- Access class content using digital textbooks, eReader, and video/audio recording
- Use digital model and simulation software such as PHET
- Access instructional content such as YouTube EDU, Khan Academy, IXL, and BrainPOP
- Communicate with teachers and other students via email
- Increase productivity with efficient use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation applications through Google Drive
- Conduct research using online resources and primary source documents
- Gain access to adapted content and assistive technologies to meet special needs
- Create and publish digital content such as videos and presentations demonstrating subject-matter knowledge
- Take various assessments through web-based tools such an Illuminate
- Prepare them to live and work in a digital environment by applying the knowledge and skills needed for future learning and workforce
Professional Development Plan
Phase 1 - Send Teachers to Conferences focused on Educational Technology
Host a week-long symposium to engage teachers in redefining aspects of their instruction with digital, collaborative tools to enhance the existing curriculum. Teachers develop 3 lesson plans and all lesson plans will be curated and shared with the entire district to provide a database of support. Teachers will also attend Google Apps for Education Conferences and CUE Conferences.
Phase 2 - Provide hour long trainings 2-3 times prior to deployments
The focus is on building continuity and creating a efficiency workflow for online assignments, resources, and submissions.
Phase 3 - Ongoing support and coaching
We have 2 lead teachers at CMS that provide support and coaching on elements of technology integration and best practices to support high quality instruction. We will be partnering with Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Digital Promise, and/or CUE to provide in classroom support through this process as the year progresses.