• Instructional Technology


    Instructional Technology

    VISION:               Preparing today’s learners to excel in tomorrow’s world.

    MISSION:            The mission of the Maercker School District 60 is to provide exemplary learning experiences within a positive, safe and caring environment that support

                               student academic and personal growth.

    Kindergarten through second grades utilizes iPads and third through eighth grades are part of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative to enhance instruction.

    What is 1:1?

    In District 60, each student in grades 3-8 is provided access to a Chromebook on a continuous basis throughout the school day, and beyond.  Students do not share

    Chromebooks with other students.  Each student has immediate access to a Chromebook and it is used for instruction regularly and with purpose. 

     Why 1:1?

    The need for consistent access to technology is a priority.  Technology is mentioned in over 70 IL Learning Standards and students must be adept at using mobile technologies to do critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, multi-media research and sharing.  Constant access and the use of Google APPs for Education and other instructional resources allows for these important competencies to flourish in all classrooms.  Chromebooks and other technologies are instructional resources used with purpose to support mastery of the learning standards.

    In District 60, we have a strong balance of instructional resources, which includes textbooks, rich literature available in both hard copy and through various technologies.  The Chromebooks and Google Drive will enhance instruction and not eliminate the need for students to write using paper and pencil.

     What is a Chromebook?

    The Chromebook is a web based device so there is no need for downloading or installing software.  Chromebooks are managed through the District’s Google Apps for Education Administrative account, which provides multiple layers of protection against viruses and malware.  Students log into their Chromebook and seamlessly access the Google Apps for Education suite of tools.  The tools include Google Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheets), Presentations, Drawings and Forms.  As appropriate, teachers request installation of other apps and extensions to support and enhance instruction. 

    How are Chromebooks used in the classroom?

    Chromebooks are an instructional resource and will be used with purpose to support and enhance instruction.  The use of Chromebooks provides opportunities for greater collaboration, increased engagement and access to 21st century teaching and learning. Each individual teacher determines how to incorporate Chromebooks into the curriculum.  Students will use the Google Apps for Education suite of tools, as well as use Chromebooks to access web-based instructional resources.  Teachers manage and monitor student work through Google Classroom. 

     All students will participate in an internet safety and Chromebook use and care lessons prior to being allowed to take the Chromebook home.

    What is provided?

    A Chromebook, protective case and charger will be checked out to each student in grades 3-8.  Students in grades 5-8 will carry their Chromebooks in the laptop portion of

    the executive functioning binder provided by the school.  Students in grades 3 & 4 will be provided a carrying case. 

    What if the device lost or damaged?

    As with all instructional resources, students are responsible to care for assigned tools.  Parents will be able to purchase an insurance policy which covers accidental damage (drops & spills), cracked screen, liquid submersion, flood, natural disasters, power surge by lighting and theft.  Information regarding the insurance options will be provided at the parent informational nights.  There are cover options which range in cost from $32.40-$42.50. Click here to access Worth Insurance Policy information.

    In the event of a discipline incident that results in damage or theft, the school will follow the district’s discipline policy when handling the situation.

    Filter Access and Cyber Safety:

    Filtering software is NOT built into the Chromebook.  Inappropriate content is filtered and blocked on the school’s wireless network so student can’t access them.  When at home, children frequently have unrestricted access.

    Parents could consider installing software to filter and block inappropriate content on your wireless home network.  Free OpenDNS software is easily installed and allows parents to control web access within your home wireless network. 

    Some products offer additional protection features such as cell phone filtering, text message and photo screening tools, and digital footprint/reputation monitoring.  Below are some options parents could consider exploring:

    • Products available to monitor your child’s posts and digital footprint/reputation on sites like Facebook and Twitter  Social Shield and Net Nanny.

    All students participate in internet safety lessons and expectations are continually referenced and re-taught as necessary.  Parents are encouraged to set expectations with their child about accessing only appropriate sites and content. 

    Parent Chromebook Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXqHNPov09Y