Every student at Ephesus now has a cart of devices in the classroom thanks to a pilot program with the district's Digital Learning & Library Media department. Students in K-1 have an iPad for each student assigned to him/her that lives in a "parking spot" in the cart. Students in second grade have a transitional Chromebook that features an iPad-like touch screen with a traditional keyboard. Students in grades three through five have a Chromebook.
Each class was handed the the "keys" to drive their digital learning after a lesson in responsible use, called "Rules of the Road". Students brainstormed examples of what they will do to positively interact with their devices in the classroom, according to our Positive Behavior matrix for Technology. Each class was given a Class Agreement for their cart and/or created their own chart and signed it. We have high expectations of our digital learning, just as we do for our face-to-face learning.
The district has been using Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for several years and students use their district GAFE account to log in to devices. Usernames are generated by the district IT department and every effort is made to teach students to protect their account information. Students in grades three through five have a Learner's Permit in their planner, so families may access log in information from home to support learning. Teachers in K-2 keep information in the classroom and guide students if they need to log in (which is not required for iPads).
Questions regarding what specific apps and learning opportunities your child is participating in should be directed to your child's teacher, who is planning lessons collaboratively with his/her team, including specialists and administration. Other questions can be directed to Instructional Technology Facilitator, Tori Mazur, or Ephesus Administrators.
Ephesus teachers are focusing on technology integration at every level and we are excited to embark on this journey together to bridge the world of technology for fun and technology for learning.