- We are getting closer to the launch of our Connected Classrooms pilot project. Connected Classrooms is a technology initiative that brings student-owned learning devices into the classroom. Beginning March 9, 2015, students in the classrooms listed below can bring a personal learning device into the classroom. These Connected Classrooms will create a more engaging learning experience that prepares students for success in tomorrow’s world.
Drew Thompson – 6th grade Science
Lynn Wakefield – 6th grade Language Arts/Social Studies
Kellie Kroc – 6th/7th grade Science
Josh Wendorf – 7th grade Social Studies
Karena Hunt – 7th grade Language Arts
Lauren VanOverBeke – 6th/8th grade Science
Brenda Badger – 8th grade Language Arts
Joe Recchio – 8th grade Social Studies
Eric Berg – Art
Brent Evander – Special Education
Below is an FAQ to help parents and students prepare for our Connected Classrooms pilot project:
What kind of devices are recommended?
Skyview Middle School currently uses several devices in the classroom. While families may purchase a device of their own choosing, selecting one of these types of devices will ensure its compatibility in the classroom. Click here to see a list of devices.
What if my child doesn’t have a device?
No student is required to purchase a personally owned device for use at school and some district owned devices will be available for student use in the classroom and for check out.
How will my student use this device at school?
Currently, teachers use laptops and tablets in the classroom for a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities that keep students engaged, such as: self-paced instruction, online learning, blended classrooms, innovative education applications, and expanded collaboration. Having student-owned devices available in the classrooms will both expand and enhance these opportunities and make these types of activities the norm instead of the exception.
How will the school provide a safe, online-learning environment?
Students utilizing the District’s wireless network on their device at school will still be subject to the District’s content-filter, which prevents students from accessing inappropriate materials via the web. In addition, students will also learn about managing their “digital footprint” in a responsible manner. While at home, parents should take an active role in monitoring their student’s online behaviors.
Where will my child be able to store their device when it is not in use?
Along with using their assigned locker as a place to store their device, students will be able to carry their device with them. We would like students who are carrying their device throughout the day use a sinch sack like bag versus a large, heavy back-pack if possible.
Is the school responsible for my child’s device?
Per the district Student and Parent User Agreement – Internet/Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) - Students are responsible for their devices at all times while at school. District 622 is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged personal devices.
To better meet the needs of students
who may be victims of bullying, Skyview Middle School has created a new
online reporting form that can be used by parents and students to report
incidents of bullying. If your child is, or knows of someone who is
a victim of bullying, consider filling out this online form (link can be found
on our website's Home Page).
Of course, parents are always
encouraged to call the school of any bullying situation. The online
reporting tool is not intended to replace that option but is intended to be a
viable alternative for reporting.