August 31, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are excited to share with you that all middle and high school students will be provided with a district-issued Chromebook during the month of September. Having a Chromebook will allow students to access digital course content and materials, including digital textbooks. Having a Chromebook will also support students to meet the following standards:
Empowered Learner – Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.
Digital Citizen – Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
Knowledge Constructor – Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
Innovative Designer – Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
Computational Thinker – Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
Creative Thinker – Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
Before distributing district-issued Chromebooks to students, students and parents/guardians need to sign and return to school the ConVal School District’s Student & Parent/Guardian Chromebook Loan Agreement. A hard copy of this form is being sent home with high school students today and middle school students next week.
This agreement requires students and parents/guardians to review the District’s Blended Learning Parent & Student Handbook, which includes the District’s Internet Use and Responsible Use Policy for Students. These documents can also be found, along with additional resources, at the http://convalsd.net/curriculum-and-assessment/11-initiative/orientation-resources/. Hard copies of these resources can be provided upon request.
For those of you interested and available, I invite you to join me along with some members of the District’s Blended Learning Leadership Team next Wednesday, September 5th from 6:00 to 6:30 in the Lucy Hurlin Theatre at ConVal High School for a presentation on Blended Learning in the ConVal School District. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for parents and guardians to ask questions. This presentation will be repeated on Thursday, September 6th from 6:00 to 6:30 at Great Brook Middle School in Antrim.
Ann E. Forrest, Ed. D.
ConVal Regional School District