Elementary Student Devices

Posted by on November 2, 2016

Northwest ISD is excited to announce Chromebooks are coming to elementary campuses! All 3rd-5th grade classrooms will have a full class set of Chromebooks beginning Fall 2016. We know this opportunity will have a positive impact at our Elementary Campuses. Here are some details about this exciting opportunity:

What types of things will my child be doing on the Chromebooks?

In Northwest ISD, we view technology as a means to elevate learning to a level of depth that would not be possible without it. We strive to equip our students with skills and strategies they need to be a future ready learner. The following are some examples of what students may experience in an NISD elementary classroom:

  • Utilizing Google Apps for Education to provide and receive feedback, collaborate on documents and share work
  • Utilize an ePortfolio as a means to showcase work and reflect on learning
  • Access the adaptive, interactive components of district adopted textbooks
  • Learn how to be digitally organized
  • Learn about web literacy and discern through information to find what is valid and relevant to their needs
  • Interact with a global audience to communicate with peers and experts using digital tools while demonstrating safe online practices
  • Create, present and publish original works individually and as collaborative groups (graphic organizers, presentations, pic collages, movies, graphs, etc.)
  • Build technology applications skills that comply with the Technology Application TEKS

How will the increased access to devices impact my child’s learning?

Schools today are given the task of not only educating students with the three Rs of Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic but also are expected to give students strong backgrounds in science, technology, global studies, and a diversity of so-called “21st century skills” such as critical thinking, collaboration, agility, initiative, oral and written communication, analyzing information, and imagination (Wagner, 2008). Recognizing that we now live in a digital rather than analog world, many schools are implementing one-to-one computing initiatives to help accomplish these academic goals. -Sauers & McLeod, Brief Castle, (2012), No. 1, What does the research say about school one-to-one computing initiatives?

Will my child be taking the Chromebook home?

At this time, the Chromebooks are not available for student checkout and will remain at school at all times.

What measures are in place to help keep my child safe online?

The filter utilized by Northwest ISD exceeds the standards as outlined in Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). This means that any device connected to the district network infrastructure (wired or wireless) is filtered. In addition, Northwest ISD utilizes Restricted Mode on YouTube. This means that students have access to educational videos and those approved by NISD educators. While the world wide web and content changes constantly, the filtering solution that NISD has implemented gets updates every ten minutes.

What supports are in place for parents?

As parents, you play a vital role in preparing your child to thrive in a digital society. By creating a dialogue with your child about their role and responsibility when using digital tools, your child will be more likely to reach out to you as they grow older and learn how to navigate the digital world. In addition, Northwest ISD invites you to explore the Chromebook Academy where you will become familiar with the Chromebook, Chrome Operating System, Chrome browser and Google Apps for Education. In addition, the NISD 1:World Website is maintained to serve as a resource with FAQ’s, blog posts, etc.