The EVSC is providing professional development (PD) ongoing each year for teachers and building administrators so more can be learned about how to incorporate this and other technologies into classroom instruction. Technology PD has been an ongoing part of the EVSC for many years. There are also coaches who will work to develop digital curriculum and to help teachers with ways to integrate the use of the netbook in engaging students in their classes.
In order to assure safety of the netbooks, will there be limits on the number of books a student must carry from class to class?
This will be a school-based decision and may vary at each school.
What procedures or precautions will be taken to assure the safety of netbooks when students must attend after-school functions?
The netbook policy which all students will receive and have available to them online, expects students to either have their computer with them, or locked in their locker. At no time is it to be left unattended.
As part of their class work, EVSC students have Skyped with people from countries across the world. The ANGEL Learning management system enables teachers to hold live online office hours to support learning outside of the classroom. Free wireless access is available at many local restaurants and businesses as well as all of the public libraries. Each EVSC high school has the equipment to support professional video production. With the netbooks, EVSC high school students have the power to tour museums in New York, London, Paris and Rome. Because of the netbooks, every EVSC high school student has a digital camera, a sound studio, a video camera, and a platform to share their ideas with the world. The Angel Learning management system enables teachers to collect, grade and give feedback on assignments more quickly and without wasting paper. 21st Century learning involves mastering skills that will prepare our students to compete in a world that is increasingly digital, individualized and global. 21st Century skills include critical thinking and problem-solving, collaborating across networks and leading by influence, adapting to new situations, taking initiative, communicating effectively, accessing and analyzing information, and effectively using curiosity and imagination. The EVSC has made a commitment to teach the way students learn today, instead of the way students learned in the 20th Century. By providing netbooks to all of our EVSC high school students, we are closing the "digital divide" that disadvantages some students more than others. The EVSC is preparing many students for jobs that don't even exist today. Every EVSC high school has an eLearning coach to help teachers find new ways to teach 21st Century skills. The EVSC has partnered with other state, national and international leaders in education and eLearning. With the netbooks, students can test their own scientific theories in virtual science labs. Did you know... – less–ZoomInfo