Technology in the Classroom
Tech Plan Shared Vision For Learning:
We believe that excellence in MSAD #53 will be characterized by:
- High levels of student and teacher engagement in learning;
- Authentic, integrated learning experiences;
- Continuity in curriculum among and across grade levels and disciplines;
- Deep connections within our community of learners and beyond our schools’ walls to the larger community of our towns, state, nation, and world;
- Creative use of existing resources to their fullest potential.
The district vision for learning was developed several years ago by the District Leadership Team in a process that included input from the school community. The vision has been used as a “compass and filter” for technology planning by using the named characteristics as a set of criteria for decision making. For example, the existing 2013-2016 district technology plan includes a goal of all students having 1:1 access to devices. The rationale for this goal meets several criteria named in the vision – engaging our students with technology tools and applications, using these tools and applications to support authentic, integrated learning experiences such as team expeditions in the middle school, and equitable access by grade level. Nonetheless, moving forward we recognize an opportunity to revisit the vision so that stakeholders new to the district can participate in the process of thinking about and discussing the vision for learning. The district administrative team will have a summer planning session that will include developing a process for revisiting the shared vision for learning and applying the vision to technology resource allocation, policies and procedures, and professional learning.
Our teachers, like many parents, are concerned about kids and screen time. As Tech Integrator Gayle Middleton said recently, "We need our kids to learn to use tech for their work - people who work in the real world use tech!" This article offers an interesting perspective on the subject of kids and screen time.
MLTI Macbook Air Care Reminders:
- Take good care of your new Macbook Air.
- Carry your Macbook with both hands.
- Set your Macbook on a flat surface to use it. An example of a flat surface is a desk or table.
- Keep food and drinks away from your Macbook. In other words, do not eat or drink while you are using the Macbook. Instead, take a study break away from your Macbook.
- Never place a heavy object or a lot of objects on top of your Macbook.
- Charge your Macbook every night at home.
- If you close the lid of your Macbook, you will help save the battery.
- You can use your Macbook when the level is low. Just remember to charge when you get home.
- When you plug in your Macbook to charge it, look for the charging light indicator. This will assure you that it is being charged.
- Let the Macbook completely charge to a full battery.
Student Computer and Internet Use Rules Policy:
Superintendent of Schools
167 School St.
Pittsfield ME 04967
Tel: 207-487-5107 Fax: 207-487-6310