This is going to be an exciting year for Jellick! We are rapidly moving into the use of educational technology to support 21st Century Learning. Technology is all around us and many students seem to be more comfortable with it than the adults.
For the 2015-16 school year, we will be using iPads in kindergarten through second grade. In third through sixth grades, students will be using Chromebooks. Using technology is a privilege for our students. All students are required to sign our RUSD Appropriate Use Policy found in the RUSD Parent Handbook, page 32. Additionally, we follow our Character Counts! six pillars as we use technology, whether at home or at school. Remember, we expect students to be TRRFCC (demonstrate Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship) every day and everywhere.
Part of being a 21st Century learner is knowing and using digital literacy and citizenship. Here are a few links where you can keep informed and find information to support your child. Connect Safely gives good advice to parents of students of all ages. You may even wonder about what digital literacy or digital citizenship is. To find out more, click this link or this link to gain a better understanding.
Parenting is difficult enough without having to figure out all the technology. NetFamilyNews.org has some interesting information that can help parents. Cyberbullying is often in the news and many parents are concerned about this (and bullying in general) aspect of students and technology. Here is an interesting article regarding cyberbullying. Please remember that Jellick makes every effort to keep students safe. We teach both academics and behavior as we prepare students for secondary school. When students break rules and use technology inappropriately, we make sure we the victim is safe and parents informed. Students breaking the rules receive consequences according to district and site policy with every effort they understand what they did wrong and how they can make better decisions in the future.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Mr. Staumont.