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Preparing our children for the future: 1:1 Technology at UTSC
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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

eLEARNING

Greetings JSE Families,                         

We are excited to announce that we have started off the new year with 1:1 technology at UTSC! This means every student in grade K-12 at UTSC has been assigned a chromebook. Students in grades K-5 are already using their assigned chromebook during the school day as a learning resource and at this time our students will not be taking their device home. Our goal is to continue to increase blended learning in our classrooms to prepare our students for their future. Blended learning can be summarized as “an education program (formal or non-formal) that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods.” At UTSC we are achieving this through the utilization of our learning management system Canvas. Please keep in mind, that although elementary students will not take a chromebook home with them this year, we will be encouraging them to learn through Canvas outside of the schoolhouse and on eLearning Days.

eLearning Days at UTSC elementary schools: eLearning Days may be used for inclement weather days as well as other unplanned circumstances that may require a scheduled eLearning Day. In addition, we have been approved to use eLearning days for teacher professional development days. However, at this time we do not have any already planned eLearning Days on the school calendar.

We have discussed digital citizenship regarding safety and responsibility within each classroom and your child will be involved in digital citizenship lessons from the Common Sense Media curriculum. We will send home additional parent information during these lessons. Just as kids learn to swim safely or ride a bike carefully, they need to know how to live in the digital world responsibly and respectfully. Teaching our students about respect, online privacy and creative work is a necessity in today’s world. Their success depends on their abilities to use digital media to create, collaborate, and communicate well with others.

 The stakes are high because our kids’ technological abilities can be greater than their maturity and judgment. Having unrestricted access to information and people can result in gaining a wealth of information and experiences, but also access to inappropriate content. At UTSC we have a safe search internet filter; however, this filter does not extend to your child’s use of technology outside of school at home.

What Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsense.org) says:

*Consider using filtering and blocking software.

*Share your wisdom.

*Pass along your values.

*Talk to your student about online privacy and security.

*Lead by example.

We look forward to continue sharing our technology learning fun with you at home! And as always if you have concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Partners in Education,

Leigh A. Barnes, JSE Principal

 

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