Teaching and Learning with Technology – Facts for Students and Families
Ensuring our students are college ready and life prepared means they are competent in using digital tools and technology.
The vision of the Cleveland Heights – University Heights City School District is to Prepare All Students for Success in A Global Economy (P.A.S.S.A.G.E.). The Teaching and Learning with Technology Initiative is being instituted to further this vision and help prepare students for their future, a world of digital technology, global information, and instant communication. Increasing access to technology is essential for that future, and laptops, within a wireless learning environment, help students to learn at their full potential and to prepare for college and the workplace.
The District's Instructional Technology plan was designed to support teaching and learning in the classroom, the third grade reading guarantee, and the Common Core standards. As we move to implementation of the Common Core, we will focus on the four C's: Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Communication and Creativity. Professional development plans for teachers will focus on how technology can support these four C's and how students can use technology to engage and promote learning.
Each elementary school has an iPad Cart to be shared between Grades K-3. These iPads will be used to support the third grade reading guarantee and our literacy initiatives. There is a cart of Macbooks in every fourth and fifth grade classroom, creating a 1:1 computing environment that will stay in the school. Each student will have access to a Macbook during the school day to support learning.
Students in sixth through eighth grades have received iPads. These iPads have installed apps that were chosen by a committee of middle school teachers to support teaching and learning. Students have access to their iPads 24/7, allowing for learning to extend beyond the four walls of the classroom. Teachers will use the iPads to move towards models of teaching that best support the eighth grade reading guarantee and implement the Common Core into daily instruction.
Every student at CHHS has access to a Dell Netbook during the school day to support teaching and learning at the high school. Teachers will implement a learning management system called Moodlerooms. This online environment will allow students to have access to the classroom environment 24/7. In addition, students have access to Infinite Campus, the district's student management system. This system allows students and parents to check grades and attendance, and monitor progress throughout the school year.
TECHNOLOGY DEVICE UPDATE
High School Technology Devices:
- Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, High School students will no longer be issued Netbooks for their individual use and to take home. To ensure students have access to working computers every day, the District will make Netbooks available in classrooms. The District will be re-using the existing High School Netbooks next year.
- During the 2014-15 school year, the District will be studying the purchase of new technology devices for High School students for the 2015-16 school year and the feasibility of a “Bring Your Own Device” to school policy.
Middle School Technology Devices:
- For the 2014-15 school year, middle school students will continue to use District iPads during the school day. The District has no plans to make upgrades or changes to Middle School technology devices.
Elementary School Technology Devices:
- For the 2014-15 school year, the District will be adding one additional technology device cart and 25 additional iPads at each Elementary School building.
- For the 2014-15 school year, technology obligations will only be assessed if a device is damaged or lost by a student. Procedures in such cases will follow those outlined in the Student Handbook.
- It is expected that all current fee obligations will be paid as soon as possible. If families have any questions regarding their student’s current technology fee obligation they may contact Pamela Hudson, IT Assistant, at (216) 320-2359