GCSD 1 to 1 Initiative

1 to 1 Initiative Question and Answer:

  • Will students be able to print from the cloud?
    • Yes, students will be able to print from the cloud.
  • Can students use flash drives with the Chromebooks?
    • Yes, students can use flash drives with the Chromebooks. The need for flash drives will diminish once the students start using Google Drive to save their work. This will allow them the opportunity to retrieve their documents from any device either at school or away from school.
  • If I already have a gmail account can I use it?
    • Students need to log in with the account provided to them with their Chromebooks so the Chromebooks are managed by Glenwood Community Schools and receive all of the policies that are needed.
  • Will students be able to get on Facebook with the Chromebooks?
    • If the students logged in correctly and the Chromebooks are managed by Glenwood Schools they will not be allowed on Facebook.
  • What technology Professional Development will be provided to teachers?
    • Teachers received their Chromebooks in January of 2013 to start learning about them and the roll they can play in the classroom.
    • On April 2, 2013 the teachers were given the opportunity to attend an all day Professional Development Day which focused on using Google in the classroom.
    • The Glenwood Community School District teamed with the Green Hills AEA to host a Google Summit on July 15 and 16 2013.
    • The teachers also have the opportunity to take part in the Video Series training offered by the Glenwood Community School District to learn more about how to use the different features of Google.
    • Starting in October 2013 once a month there will be extended learning opportunities for teachers to learn how to integrate technology into their classrooms via Google Hangouts.
  • Can the district's Internet Service Provider provide enough power for all kids and teachers to use the new technology simultaneously without constant interruption?
    • This past summer the District upgraded our wireless network to handle the additional devices the district is now using. We will continue to monitor the bandwidth usage in the District.
  • Can students purchase their own decorative bags for their Chromebooks?
    • The District has provided a bag for each student that has identifying information on it (the ID Tag), we prefer each student carry his/her Chromebook in this bag.
  • Are we able to download programs onto the Chromebooks?
    • The apps on the student Chromebooks must be approved by the Technology Department. Students are not able to download their own apps, however you can browse apps via the Chrome WebStore and submit a request if there is an educational app you would like to see added to the devices.
  • How will calendars be used and will they be shared with the parents?
    • The use of calendars in the classroom will be up to the classroom teacher.
  • Does the use of the Chromebook mean there will no longer be textbooks?
    • At this time students will still receive textbooks in some of their classes.
  • Do we have administrative rights to add our home wifi network?
    • Yes, you can use the Chromebooks on your home wifi network. The Chromebooks will still be filtered through the District policies.
  • How will the District measure the effectiveness of this technology in improving student achievement?
    • As with all instructional tools, teachers and administrators will monitor usage and study the achievement trends over time.
  • How will the District quantify the impact of technology?
    • As with all instructional tools, teachers and administrators will monitor usage and study the achievement trends over time.

We will learn the positive impact technology has on student achievement through instructional delivery, district formative and summative assessments, state tests, as well as other high-stakes testing such as the ACT/SAT.

  • What are the goals associated with the implementation of this technology?

o The goal is for teachers to use the Chromebooks as an effective tool to engage students while creating student-centered classrooms. Research indicates this is very effective in improving student achievement.

  • Are there specific goals for each content area?

o Regarding implementation of technology, all teachers are expected to use Chromebooks as an instructional tool. Please see the answer above for more specific details.

Regarding curriculum, learning goals are tied to the required Iowa Core curriculum. The district’s Long Range Curriculum Plan includes all content areas. Through this process, there will be a board-adopted curriculum which contains content goals – outcomes and components – at all levels.

  • With students participating in sports and traveling to other schools, who takes responsibility of these Chromebooks while they are away from bags?

o At the Middle School, students have been instructed to leave the Chromebooks in their school locker and pick it up once they return from the out-of-town contest. If a student is not riding the bus home, he/she needs to make arrangements with the parent or guardian attending the contest to take possession of the Chromebook during the contest.

Students at the High School have been instructed to leave Chromebooks in their lockers and pick up their Chromebook once they return. If a student is not riding home with the team, the student needs to make arrangements with parent/guardian to ensure the Chromebook is securely in parent/guardian’s possession.

  • Why couldn’t we have the option to say no and purchase our own Chromebook for our child?

o Parents can opt out of students taking the Chromebook home. The district will continue to explore the option of a student bringing his/her own device as an alternative to the provided Chromebook.

  • Work outside of the classroom – is this grading policy being implemented throughout the state? Conference?

o The GCSD is leading the way with strong research-based strategies and programs. Some other districts in the state and, possibly, our conference are also exploring all possible strategies and programs to improve their districts’ student achievement. Our implemented “work outside the classroom” policy is what we feel is best for GCSD students. The Curriculum Coordinating Council (CCC) reviewed the research and best practices on this issue prior to making a decision on the policy. The policy will allow teachers to measure authentic learning: what students really know and are able to do. When students leave Glenwood Community School District, we expect our students to be competent learners, not merely compliant students.

  • New Homework policy – I need more information. Lots of questions.

o Please contact a building administrator for clarification on your questions.

  • What data does the district have on bullying incidents? How often is it occurring?

o Each building is required by the Iowa Department of Education to enter all reports of bullying and harassment, either founded or unfounded, on the Ed Info website. The report includes the student who reported the bullying and the accused student. The report details specifics as to the reason of the reported incident, for example race, gender, mental or physical abilities, sexual orientation etc. Please contact a building administrator if you are interested in exact numbers reported to the state.

  • What if there is a personality conflict between student and teacher? Could this affect their grade with the behavior curriculum? How do we stop this from happening?

o The employability/citizenship skills grade has no academic weight. The employability/citizenship skills are graded separately from students’ content knowledge. Upon request, the teacher will provide documentation of rubric scores below a “3” specific to the behavior of concern. The rubric score is given during each grading period and determined over time.

  • Will there be a locked place available for students to place Chromebooks while they are in PE and athletic practices?

o Yes. At the Middle School, students will very rarely be asked to take Chromebooks to PE. In the event this happens, Chromebooks will be left in the gym; not the locker room. Regarding practices, each coach shares information with the students regarding where to keep a Chromebook during practice. Depending on the sport and location of the practice, this includes a locked coaches’ office, a school locker, etc.

At the High School, each student is provided an academic locker with a built in lock. The students can secure their items in this locker or, if they so choose may request a lock for their gym locker.

  • Where can I find the Iowa Core Curriculum?

o Please see attached documents and links on the curriculum webpage. The link provided includes information on math, literacy, social studies, science, and 21st Century Skills.

Refer to the district Long Range Plan regarding the timeline for content areas to be aligned with Iowa Core Curriculum (ICC).

  • If work outside of the classroom is considered behavioral, not academic, does it matter how well their work is done? Can in-class behavior affect their “behavior grade” if out of class work does not affect the academic grade?

o The Citizenship / Employability Rubric will be used to score individual student demonstration of working with others, class participation, behavior, solving problems, and work completion.

In most situations, the quality of the homework will impact a student’s understanding of an essential skill. The intention of homework is to practice a skill; therefore, the quality of the homework will impact in-class work.

Yes, in-class behavior will have a direct impact on that component of the Citizenship / Employability Rubric.

  • Will the behavior grade affect a student’s involvement in extracurricular activities?

o The scores received by a student on the Citizenship / Employability Rubric will not directly affect a student’s involvement in extracurricular activities. However, consequences can be given for inappropriate behavior, incomplete work, etc. which may impact a student’s involvement in extracurricular activities.

  • What are the administrative procedures for dealing with less-than-satisfactory behavior? Are students rewarded for good/outstanding behavior?

o Each building has a handbook that contains information on the Code of Conduct and includes consequences for inappropriate behavior.

At the West Elementary, students are given Ram Pride Certificates that recognize students for being kind, thoughtful, and respectful. Teachers AND students can nominate students for these certificates.

At the MS, we use Ram Tickets to recognize students for good / outstanding behaviors. Individual teachers may also have a system in place.

At the high school level, we are more inclined to expect students to do what is expected of them. Offering a reward for doing what the student is supposed to be doing isn’t in line with our goals. With that said, the “reward” in high school for good behavior, is the ability to participate in extra curriculars, run for student office, be selected to different groups, etc.

  • Will school be offering insurance in the future?

o The school will continue to explore options regarding insurance.

  • Why did Iowa decide to use core curriculum? The standards of education are sub-par.

o Please see attached documents and links on the curriculum webpage. The link provided includes information on math, literacy, social studies, science, and 21st Century Skills.

  • How is Glenwood going to ensure students can “compete” with students from other states, re: level of education? Especially when going to/applying to colleges?

o Please see attached documents and links on the curriculum webpage. The link provided includes information on math, literacy, social studies, science, and 21st Century Skills.

In addition, we will continue to track how our students perform on state assessments, ACT/ SAT assessments, course work, and so on. We will also explore the use of a survey to determine input and suggestions from former students regarding how prepared our students are for post HS.

  • When are additional electives going to be available to MS students?
    • We evaluate current programs on an ongoing basis. We have researched what other middle schools in districts of comparable size offer for electives. We will continue to explore opportunities in the event funding becomes available to add electives.

** Funding source for curriculum writing and resources is a different funding stream than what is needed for added programs and staff.

  • When are the Glenwood MS and HS going to a block schedule?
    • There are many pros and cons to block scheduling. We are pleased with the effectiveness of our current schedules; however, we are constantly researching best practices.

Currently the HS offers college-level courses in all core and one Career class (AG) content areas, with the exception of Math through the AP program.

  • Are AP classes offered to students in MS/HS?
    • Currently the HS offers college-level courses in all core and one Career class (AG) content areas, with the exception of Math through the AP program. If a student scores a 4 on the AP final, then college credit will be awarded for that class.

At the MS, advanced placement classes are offered in math for 7th and 8th graders.

Summer Chromebook Turn In:

Students in grades 6-12 are required to turn in their Chromebooks over Summer break in order to maintain inventory and to make any repairs for the upcoming school year. All Chromebook parts (Chromebook, Shell Case, Charger, and Bag with the ID Tag) need to be turned in before the last day of school. The Chromebook Turn In dates for this year are:

May 16, 2017: 12th Grade (Final Turn In)

May 24, 2017: 8th Grade and 9th - 11th Grade

May 25, 2017: 6th and 7th Grade and Alt. High School

 

Iowa Core Curriculum Website