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The Moses Lake School District is proud to be a Google District. This means that each student and staff member has a Google account which includes apps such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Classroom, and Sites. The Google suite of tools allows us to collaborate and learn more effectively through the use of technology, and offer a range of new learning opportunities for teachers and students. Students in our district have consistent access to Chromebooks in the classroom. Also, during the 2017-18 school year 41 teachers and approximately 2,200 students were involved in a 1:1 Pilot Program. Students in these classrooms were allowed to take home their Chromebook and were provided a hotspot if the internet was not accessible. For more information about this program please click on the following link: https://www.mlsd161.org/apps/pages/1to1. Additional technology in classrooms includes tools such as Promethean boards, Starboards, laser projectors, and a variety of document cameras.
With the increase of technology use in our district, we are committed to providing instruction in Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship. Elementary teachers primarily utilize the NetSmartz (https://www.netsmartz.org/Home) curriculum and supplement with Google's Be Internet Awesome - Interland (https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en/interland) game based play. Secondary teachers utilize the Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship curriculum. This curriculum covers the following eight topics: Self-Image and Identity, Relationships and Communication, Digital Footprint and Reputation, Cyberbullying and Digital Drama, Information Literacy, Internet Safety, Privacy and Security, and Creative Credit and Copyright.
In addition to instruction in Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship, we also utilize GoGuardian (https://www.goguardian.com/teacher.html) to help us with our on and off campus filtering and management of devices. GoGuardian allows teachers the opportunity to see students working in real time, view students' open tabs and previous browsing history, and to create Study, Work, and Testing environments to maximize learning time and minimize distractions.
As teachers in our district infuse technology into their classrooms they are encouraged to reflect on the SAMR model of technology integration. This model supports teachers in the development of lessons that transform learning experiences. The SAMR model moves from simple Substitution (technology is a direct tool substitute) into Augmentation (technology creates a functional improvement), then Modification (technology allows for task redesign) with the end goal being Redefinition (technology allows for the creation of a new task, previously inconceivable).
Lastly, MLSD teachers are encouraged to focus on the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards for educators and students. The seven standards for students include Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor, Innovative Designer, Computational Thinker, Creative Communicator, and Global Collaborator. For more information on please visit the following link: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students.