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Technology as a CCSS 21st Century Tool

If we teach today the way we were taught yesterday we aren’t preparing students for today or tomorrow.

The skillful use of technology will have enormous payoffs in terms of every child’s readiness for further education and the workforce. Digital tools are essential to student learning, as they connect our efforts to identify what students should know and be able to do, as well as help students and educators assess progress toward achieving academic goals.

To meet the needs of today’s students – to ensure they are college and career ready in the modern world – we must be innovative in new student learning experiences, adopting technologies and instruction in ways that meaningfully engage the digital generation.

Oak Grove School District is using Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education as tools for ensuring students are Career and College Ready. Through CCSS implementation and acquiring digital literacy skills, students are learning how to use Google Docs for writing, Google Slides for doing presentations, Google Forms for doing surveys and data analysis, along with other applications such as calendars, spreadsheets and more. All students in grades K-8th have a Google account that is secure within the Oak Grove School District domain. For example, students cannot email people outside the Oak Grove domain nor receive emails from anyone outside the Oak Grove School District domain. Parents cannot even send emails to their children.

The Google account always allows students through the Clever Single Sign-On to access reading and math programs: Dreambox (if the school purchased it), iReady, Khan Academy, etc.

Students and parents can find the link to Clever on the Oak Grove School District webpage then the click on the Student Resources tab.

Also to support parents, the Oak Grove EdTech Team has created a link to documents on the Oak Grove School District Student Resources Tab: For technology tips from the Oak Grove EdTech Team there is a How to from EdTech

The District is pleased to be able to offer individualized instruction to students through a variety of technological resources. In some instances, the District will offer educational websites or applications that utilize information of students, such as name or user name in order to provide the individualized instruction. A list of such websites and applications and links are found on the District website under the Student Resources Tab.

Additionally, the District will avoid websites and applications that market student personal information. Should such a website or application be utilized for educational purposes, it will be identified on the District website and parents have the right to opt out of student use of such websites and applications. Currently there are no websites that we use that do this.

It is the practice of the District to: prevent its computer network user access to unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”) [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 U.S.C. § 254(h)].

Board Policy 6163.4