Technology Tools

  • Software

    We use G Suite for Education, which is becoming a crucial aspect of learning during the day.  Many teachers have students using Google Apps to research, write, create presentations, use spreadsheets, and more.  

    We also use Typing Club for students to practice keyboarding skills. Other district tools include Seesaw, Literably, NWEA, Newsela, Pear Deck, Raz-Kids, and Microsoft.

    Each teacher may choose different tools to use depending on what they are teaching.  We have an established a vetting process for different sites and tools to ensure they have sound instructional goals and will keep your child safe.  Each site needs to abide by FERPA, COPPA, CIPA federal laws as well as EC 49073.1

    If you wish your child to opt out of using one of the online tools, please discuss with your child's classroom teacher.  You may also e-mail edtech@cusdk8.org with any other concerns. 

    Student Utilization of Technology

    Technology has been a part of the elementary and middle school classrooms for decades (think radio programs in the 70’s, television and video in the 80’s, computer labs in the 90’s, and device carts in the 2000’s). Today we find ourselves facing a tipping point in education, as the integration of technology into learning is becoming more a “need to use” rather than a “nice to have.”

    The State of California has created the Education Technology Blueprint for grades TK-12 (http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/ in/edtechbi.asp). There are now school districts implementing 100% digital textbook adoptions. Additionally, during the spring of 2015, students in grades 3-8 will experience the first statewide online assessment, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

    What is being done to prepare for this work? The number one assumption we began with is that just placing computers and mobile devices into classrooms alone is not the answer. Rather, devices are a means to allow students to engage in creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking. The goal is to use technology as a tool to assist teachers in delivering the District’s curriculum, for students to access resources and create/express meaning, and for parents to become active partners in their child’s education. Sounds simple, but this is not an easy task. The infusion of technology in our classrooms is already taking place in many classrooms and grade levels, and we are working on ensuring that every student in the District has equal access to these learning tools.