Learning Technology Vision

The KAS Learning Technology program is a catalyst to all educational experiences.

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Learning Technology Mission

LEAD

Transform the learning environment through modeling the integration of technology across curriculum.

COLLABORATE

Build a tightly-woven Professional Learning Community (PLC) within KAS which extends globally (PLN).

SHARE

Promote and encourage the KAS community to share, explore and celebrate learning within and beyond the classrooms.


Learning Technology Standards


1-to-1 Environment

Benefits

KAS use a well-established 1-to-1 environment (one device is available for one student) in Elementary (G4), Middle School and High School. It is important to emphasize the educational benefits of this initiative:

-More engaged learners

A four-year study of 5,000 middle school students in Texas found that those engaged in laptop immersion programs were less likely to have disciplinary problems (but slightly more likely to be absent from school) than students in schools without laptops (Shapley et al., 2009).

-Better technology skills

The Texas study also found that the technology skills of students in the laptop programs improved significantly— so much so that after three years, low-income students in the laptop schools displayed the same levels of technology proficiency as wealthier students in the control schools (Shapley et al., 2009).

-Cost efficiencies

Proponents of one-to-one programs also assert that such programs create savings in other areas, including reduced costs for textbooks, paper, assessments, and paperwork, as well as a reduction in disciplinary actions (Greaves, Hayes, Wilson, et. al., 2010).

-Higher Level of Achievement

That same study (Greaves, Hayes, Wilson, et al., 2010) identified nine factors that, if present, appear to contribute to higher levels of achievement in schools that have adopted one-to-one programs. The top three factors were:

  1. Ensuring uniform integration of technology in every class.
  2. Providing time for teacher learning and collaboration (at least monthly).
  3. Using technology daily for student online collaboration and cooperative learning.

As technology has become an increasing part of life we feel it is essential to incorporate it into the education of KAS students. With technology we can:

    • Provide for learning anytime and anywhere; not just in a classroom;
    • Increase the depth of understanding;
    • Give students the tools to learn on their own;
    • Provide new media for student expression;
    • Provide tools for collaboration and global awareness;
    • Replace heavy books with laptops accessing up-to-date information;
    • Prepare students for the future.

These reasons for technology have motivated us to start a 1-to-1 Laptop Program.


Learning Technology Coach @ KAS

The Learning Technology Coach supports teachers, students, staff, and the wider school community with technology integration and technology issues.

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Required Devices for Students

  • All laptops, tablets, and other devices are provided for Elementary School students. Occasionally, Elementary Teachers may ask if students are willing to bring specific devices for a short use.

    Our 1-to-1 environment, where each student has access to a laptop for learning purposes begins in Grade 3 with school-issued Chromebooks laptops. iPads are available for Elementary School teachers to use in their classroom activities.

  • Middle School students operate in a 1-to-1 environment where students need to Bring Their Own Device (BYOD). Middle School students are required to bring an Apple MacBook laptop to all their classes.

    All current models of Apple MacBooks are adequate for use in Middle School. Be sure that the model you are planning to use has at least half a day of battery life (regular, intermittent use). Lighter models are easier to transport, and therefore laptops with a screen size over 13″ are not recommended. If you need more information regarding which model to purchase, use the contact for below.

  • High School students operate in a 1-to-1 environment where they Bring Their Own Device (BYOD). High School students are required to bring a functioning laptop to all their classes.

    Any laptop is acceptable in High School as long as its battery life is at least half a day (regular, intermittent use). At the moment, 95% of the High School students opt for Apple MacBooks laptop. Lighter models are easier to transport, and therefore laptops with a screen size over 15″ are not recommended. If you need more information regarding which model to purchase, use the contact for below.

Technology Responsible Use Policy for Students

KAS is equipped with a full array of computers, electronic devices, software and Internet service that is freely available to all students.

Our teachers leverage these advanced technologies and progressive teaching approaches to enhance student learning, promote collaboration and facilitate the creation and sharing of knowledge locally and globally.

To promote and model digital citizenship and the responsible use of KAS’ information technology resources on any device for educational purposes, all students of KAS must agree to the following rules.

-19.1 Rules

Students must

  1. Respect and protect the privacy of others.
    1. Use only assigned accounts.
    2. Not view, use, or copy passwords, data, or networks to which they are not authorized.
    3. Not distribute private information about others or themselves.
  2. Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.
    1. Observe all network security practices, as posted.
    2. Report security risks or violations to a teacher, staff or network administrator.
    3. Not destroy or damage data, networks, or other resources that do not belong to them, without clear permission of the owner.
    4. Conserve, protect, and share these resources with other students and Internet users.
  3. Respect and practice the principles of community.
    1. Communicate only in ways that are kind and respectful. Report threatening or discomforting materials to a teacher.
    2. Not engage in behavior that endanger themselves or other students, or negatively reflect upon the reputation of the school or other students.
    3. Not intentionally access, transmit, copy, or create material that is illegal and/or violates the school’s code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass).
    4. Not send spam, chain letters, or other mass unsolicited mailings.
    5. Not buy, sell, advertise, or otherwise conduct business, unless approved as a school project.
  4. Respect and protect the copyright and attribution of others’ work.
    1. Not infringe copyrights (no making illegal copies of music, games, or movies).
    2. Not plagiarize.

-19.2 Consequences for Violation

Violations of these rules may result in disciplinary action, including the loss of a student’s privileges to use the school’s information technology resources, confiscation of devices used in contravening these rules, suspension, and expulsion.

-19.3 Students Work & Recordings

Images or videos of students, or their work, may be published or utilized in various electronic resources, including the school website and other online platforms, as well as in print media, including teaching and school promotional materials. If a student’s work is shared, only the first name and grade should be included as credit.

-19.4 Supervision and Monitoring

KAS IT department monitor the use of information technology resources to help ensure that users are secure and in conformity with this policy. Administrators reserve the right to examine, use, and disclose any data found across the school’s information networks and any device connecting to these networks in order to further the health, safety, discipline, or security of any student or other person, or to protect property. They may also use this information in disciplinary actions, and will furnish evidence of crime to law enforcement.

Tech Presentations at KAS

Tekiota

Finally, in order to help teachers integrate technology in the classroom, Tekiota is a collection of advice about technology in education.


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