Elementary School Technology
One mission of education is to prepare students for future careers that include the use of technology. In an age of rapid technological change, teaching our students information and technology literacy skills is essential. At the elementary level, teachers use educational iPad and Chromebook apps to enhance classroom curriculum and to allow students to develop Future Ready Skills such as problem solving, creative thinking, and the ability to collaborate. Lessons on care and use of devices and on digital citizenship are taught in library classes, technology classes, and infused in classroom curriculum.
We believe that robust and reliable access to digital learning devices for all students empowers them to engage in their learning through inquiry, collaboration, access to online resources reflecting multiple viewpoints, and the creation and appropriate sharing of their own ideas and products. Robust, equitable, and reliable access is a cornerstone of preparing students for their future in college and/or in a career.
The Waunakee Community School District digital learning initiative builds on increasing levels of access and responsibility from elementary school through high school.
Waunakee Schools abide by the Children's Online Protection Act and we also teach and promote digital citizenship and responsibility. We also have Internet filters in place to block inappropriate and harmful sites. All technology use is expected to abide by the district's Acceptable Use Policy (see policy 365 here).
School Google Account
Second through fourth grade students will have access to a Google Workspace account. Students will be introduced to the safe and appropriate use of Google Apps, which is restricted to the district email domain (teachers and other students in the same grade), and is to be used primarily for class activities and assignments. Students will save most of their work to Google Drive, which is accessible from almost every device with an Internet connection.
If students misuse devices or break digital citizenship expectations, consequences will be applied on a case-by-case basis.
Adults at home play the biggest role in teaching children to use technology responsibly. Talk to them about how you expect them to use their devices and how to access the Internet safely and responsibly. Remind them that devices are learning tools and not to be used as a distraction or a toy. Throughout the year, ask them about how they are using devices at school.
Additional Resources for Families
Department of Public Instruction's Parent Page
Federal Trade Commission's "Kids Online" Page
American Academy of Pediatrics "Media" Page