Using Technology at Home

Using Technology at Home

Technology at Home

Learning doesn’t end when the bell rings.  Students can keep learning all day long.  Below are a few areas you can focus on developing

in your students: technology skills, good digital citizenship, and continuing the learning day.

 

Tech Skills

The new statewide summative math and English-language arts assessments are taken online.  As such, students will need to feel comfortable navigating the online test environment.  Students will be expected to be able to type, click, drag, manipulate objects on-screen, and more.  One thing you can do at home is increase their comfort level with typing.  Students in grades 1-5 have Typing Club accounts via their Google account.

 

Typing Club Details:
On a laptop: Go to cusdk8.typingclub.com

On an iPad - Download the EdClub app.  For the school code - enter: cusdk8

 

We have also created a list of skills that students should acquire by each grade level.

Link to CUSD Tech Benchmarks 


 

Digital Citizenship

Knowing how to be a good digital citizen applies not only to the time students are using technology at school but also when they are using technology at home.  It is important to make sure that as parents and guardians you are reinforcing good digital citizenship during out of school hours.  

 

Common Sense Media has a lot of helpful resources including movie ratings, book reviews, app reviews, and more.  The site helps you navigate through all the media out there and identify the best age-appropriate media for your child and steer clear of inappropriate media.

 

More resources to keep you educated can be found on Common Sense Media's Educate Families page.

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities to do with your child:

Have a conversation with your child about the information they are sharing online - what is appropriate and what they should be aware of and why.
Digital Contract:  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/connecting_families/family_media_agreements_k-12.pdf
 
As students start using devices as part of their education, they also need to be aware of the responsibilities they have when using those devices.  This contract below is a great conversation starter so that it is clear between you and your child what those expectations are.Device Contract: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/connecting_families/customizable_device_contract.pdf

 

Google Apps Safety @Home

 

Cupertino Union School District uses Google Apps For Education for students and staff.  Every student is given an account within the cusdk8.org domain for the entire time they are enrolled in the district.  You can read more information about these accounts in the attached PDF.

 

Students are using Google Apps in the classrooms.  This allows them to work and collaborate on their work from any location they can get online.  However with this ability there comes the need to be responsible.  Here are a couple of ideas to consider when working with your child in the Google Apps environment.

 

  • Have your child sign into Google before doing any searches - they should use their cusdk8.org account.  This will automatically enforce Google's Safe Search protection.  This isn't foolproof, but is a step.

  • Using the Chrome browser, your child can set up a login/profile so they are logged into their cusdk8.org account.  ONLY do this for your home computer, NOT a public computer.

  • Be sure to LOG-OUT of your account when done.  This is good practice both at home and school.

  • Have your child create a password that they will remember, but that their friends would not guess.

  • Do NOT use a photo of yourself when setting up your profile.  You may use an avatar or another image that represents a hobby of yours, but do not use your photo.

Good Learning Apps at Home

Typing Club

This online program will assist students with learning and improving their typing speed.

Typing Club Details:
On a laptop: Go to cusdk8.typingclub.com

On an iPad - Download the EdClub app.  For the school code - enter: cusdk8

 

Khan Academy

One website we would like to recommend you use at home is Khan Academy.  Khan Academy is a free resource with a math practice area where students can practice different math activities at their own pace.  The math activities build on each other and is sequenced so that students can move on to harder concepts as they progress.  More importantly, they have created thousands of practice problems that cover the new Common Core State Standards, which students will be assessed on beginning Spring 2015.  In addition to the math practice areas, they have hundreds of videos in different subject areas from history to science.

 

Students can login to Khan Academy using their CUSD Google Apps account.

Raz Kids

For students in grades 1-5 whose teacher has an account with Raz Kids, they can access Raz Kids anytime and anywhere they have internet access.

You can go to: https://www.raz-kids.com

Log in with your teacher’s Class Name.

Newsela

All middle school students have access to Newsela which is a service that allow students to read current articles at different reading levels.  Students should log into: http://newsela.com with their Google Account.   Their teacher can give them a class code to join that’s class assigned readings.

 

Overdrive

This summer (2015) students will receive access to CUSD’s digital library to check out books to read on their device.  When Overdrive is active, log-in information will be available here.

 

Instructional Technology Parent Night

In Spring 2015 we held an Instructional Technology Parent Night. The event featured guest speaker Jon Corippo, teachers and students. Shared were the distsrict vision for the use of technology, examples of how technology is being used in the classroom, and students shared their experiences with using technology. In addition, parents received digital citizenship activities and resources that can be used at home.

 

Did you miss the evening? Please watch the videos here.

 

Please also view the frequently asked questions from the Spring 2015 Instructional Technology Parent Night here.

 

Questions:

Please complete this form if you have any questions or comments about Technology @CUSD: http://bit.ly/TechCUSD