Digital Learning in Elementary School
1:1 in Grade 4 & 5 with Chromebooks
In Grade 4 & 5, each student will be provided with a Chromebook. These devices will be owned by the student and managed by the school, creating a safe, rich, personalised digital learning environment for each student. In the classroom, these devices will support and extend what we already do - striving for excellence in teaching and learning.
A computer for each student
A 1:1 program is where each student in the class has access to a computer. As tools for learning, providing 1:1 access is of great value, opening up vast opportunities for information access, communication, collaboration and personalised learning. It also provides important infrastructure for developing and practicing essential 21st century life skills.
At AIS, we realise that the success of a 1:1 program is dependent on complex factors. From choosing the right device to mapping out digital skills through our curriculum and instilling appropriate digital responsibility in our students, the Grade 4 & 5 1:1 program has been designed carefully to keep the focus on learning, growth and independence.
What is the AIS Chromebook?
The Google-based Chromebook is great value and hassle-free - the easiest way for students to experience the power of a laptop, the web and the AIS Google for Education environment. Students open the lid, login with their AIS email account and, without needing any additional setup, they have access to all on their student account, including files on Google Drive, calendars, mail, web-apps and learning.
Lightweight and with good battery life, the Chromebook generally depends on an internet connection, and apps run within the Chrome browser. Each device is configured and managed by the school, ensuring a safe, focused, easy-to-use experience for our Grade 4 and 5 students.
The Chromebook platform allows teachers to focus on the important parts of teaching and learning. We use age- and skill-appropriate tools to complete the learning task at hand. As students progress in skill, confidence and ability, the Chromebook experience can grow to match.
From the moment students log into their Chromebook, teachers are better able to meet the learning needs of each individual. Teachers can assess individual learning with greater transparency, and engage students more effectively.
Technology Acceptable Use Policies
The elementary school and early childhood sections have clear, easy to follow guidelines for technology use. These help to ensure students know their responsibilities with respect to using all technology at AIS, including the Chromebooks.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about the Chromebook program
Family Toolbox: Parenting in the Digital Age
Some tips for parents:
- Sit down to discuss and agree to guidelines for using technology at home. Examples: How long they spend on it during their free time, where they can use the technology, what they can use it for if it is not school instructed.
- Parents can visit OnGuard Online and Common Sense Media to learn more about keeping their kids safe online. Teachers also have access to resources from Common Sense Media and will use them to educate students about appropriate online behavior.
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Facebook, Instagram and Social
- Marketing to Kids
- Violence in Media
- Learning with Technology
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Back to School Guide
- Sex, Gender and Body Image