Important Elementary Parent and Student Information about Tablet Computers
The 2014-2015 school year will kick-off another exciting chapter of our Latitude 2 Learn (L2L) initiative. Through the overwhelming community support of the 2013 CCISD School Bond, funding has been provided to issue CCISD students and staff a Dell tablet computer to be used during and after school. The roll-out of the tablet computers will be complete by August 2015 for students in 4th through 12th grade.
This fall marks phase 3 of the project where 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th grade students will receive their tablet computers. Tenth and 11th graders received tablets last year.
As you can imagine, there is a great deal of information to share with you and your student from how this initiative will benefit instruction and extend learning beyond the school day to the parent and student responsibilities that go along with using a district-owned device.
Venue or Latitude?
No different than phones upgrade, so do computers. The Dell Latitude 10 devices that were distributed last year are still in use in CCISD. Dell has renamed the Latitude as the Venue. Both devices operate on the Microsoft system and functionality is pretty much the same. Students who will receive a tablet in the 2014-2015 school year may receive a Venue or Latitude. Regardless of the name, the device will serve their instructional needs.
Students will have in depth training at the time of receiving their device in September 2014. For our parents, there are multiple ways to get acquainted with the L2L program.
How Can I Learn More?
2. View the parent orientation video online.
3. Talk with your child's teacher.
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Difference between Elementary and Secondary
The learning outcomes for Latitude 2 Learn are the same in all grade levels- to enrich and deepen learning. However, there are some distinct differences when it comes to forms and responsibilities.
- Elementary students do not take the devices home
- Therefore, parents do not have to sign any forms other than the Parent/Student Handbook Acknowledgement Form which came home at the start of the school year. The Parent/Student Handbook outlines the District's Responsible Use Guidelines. If you missed that section, click on the button below.
- There are no fees associated with the use of the device and you do not have to consider purchasing the optional insurance since the tablets will remain in the class.
Your child's online safety is important which is why the devices will have an internet filter installed. The internet filter is compliant with federal guidelines. The school district has launched a digital citizenship program to be utilized in the classroom as part of the regular instruction. The resources we are using come from Common Sense Media. There are many resources for parents as well. Visit www.commonsensemedia.org.