Technology 

MVWSD is on the cutting edge of teaching students how to be proficient and responsible digital citizens. Our district’s tech ratio is one to one with a Chromebook for each student in grades 3-8.

Who: This means that every student in grades 3-8 has access to a Chromebook all day. Additionally this year, MVWSD is focused on bringing one computer to each student in second grade. The District is preparing more Chromebook carts (with new touch screen flippable Chromebooks!) for launch to second-grade classrooms in the coming months.

In middle school, the District is launching a new take-home program with the students. Each student will be assigned a Chromebook that he or she keep with them throughout the school day and take home with them every night. This will begin with sixth-graders this year and move to seventh- and eighth-graders in the future. Rather than students checking out a laptop from carts in classrooms, our middle schools students will all have computer access at home!

Why: Technology is a powerful tool for engaging students and enhancing learning in the classroom. It is also crucial that our students are prepared with technology skills and knowledge for high school, and ultimately, the workforce.

How students use technology in the classroom:

  1. Sharing presentations created with Google Slides

  2. Staying connected with their teachers through Google Classroom

  3. Use during Teach to One math in sixth grade

  4. Showing what they have learned and teaching others with Educreations.

  5. Working with multiple students on a collaborative piece with Google Docs

  6. Learning at their own speed with Blended Learning and classroom rotations using programs such as ST MathKhan AcademyNoRedInk, andEdpuzzle

  7. Perfecting their typing skills with Edutyping

  8. Making videos to display their learning

How parents can help: Parents can support and supervise appropriate technology usage at home in several ways.

  1. Please ask your student about how she or he uses the Chromebook and when. Please help your student care for his/her device by keeping it safe and charged. Students are responsible for the care and charging of their Chromebooks.

  2. Know that email has been disabled for grades K-5. The District has safety blockers for inappropriate content and red flags (that alert the MVWSD Technology Department) for inappropriate searches.

  3. Consider digital citizenship lessons for your student and resources for you on commonsensemedia.org

  4. Ensure that middle schoolers have an accessible Internet connection at home. (If there’s no Internet, qualifying families can sign up for the Internet Essentials program. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Chromebook repair and breakage: Call 650-526-3500 ext. 1200

 

http://www.mvwsd.org/technology-resources