Digital Learning Initiative
With the start of the 2015-16 school year all students in the Shawnee Mission School District will have received a personal learning device. Elementary students in grades K-2 have access to iPads to support early learning curriculum and instruction. Students in grades 3-8 have access to iPads and students in grades 9-12 receive a MacBook Air that may travel between home and school to increase access to learning tools across the curriculum. The Shawnee Mission Board of Education is committed to maintaining the most efficient and effective technology to support curricular goals.
Prior to receiving any technology resources, all students and parents are educated on and required to commit to the district’s Responsible Use Policy. Students in all grades are expected to model Safe, Respectful and Responsible behaviors with technology at all times. Digital Citizenship curriculum is provided to all learners through the district’s Library Media Curriculum in addition to reinforcement through classroom lessons and projects.
Each classroom has a projector and screen, as well as an AppleTV. These devices allow teachers to project curriculum content, Web pages, and other images from their computers as well as share student projects from the respective student devices.
Apps for Learning
With the start of the district’s Digital Learning Initiative, many software programs have been replaced with iOS apps to support learning in all areas of the curriculum. Teachers and students have the ability to load apps through the iTunes store, provided they are age appropriate and intended to support learning outcomes. Popular apps include (but are not limited to): Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, Explain Everything, Notability, and Google Apps for Education.
Google Apps for Education
Upon enrolling in the Shawnee Mission School District, students receive a Google Apps for Education account. This account includes a district provided student email address as well as access to an array of Google Apps to support cloud-based work and collaboration. Google Apps utilized in the classroom include: Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive for file management.
Assistive Technology Program
Technology is not only a diagnostic tool used to enhance the curriculum. In some cases, technology allows students with special needs to participate and communicate with others. From simple technology to activate pre-recorded phrases and questions to more complex technology that allows for personal expression, students with a variety of disabilities are given the freedom to communicate with paraprofessionals, teachers, peers, and others through the assistive technology program.