Laptops K - 12

For more than ten years, the Easton Area School District has integrated technology using a laptop cart model, so that teachers can bring technology into their classrooms.  At times, laptops are used in small groups or learning centers, providing a station where students can work either with or without their teacher.  Laptops are also used for whole group lessons to supplement the curriculum.

There are multiple carts in each of our elementary schools, with most schools having one cart per grade level.  Ipads have now replaced laptops in grades K and 1, however laptops remain in grades 2, 3 and 4.  Students in grades 2 through 12 will be utilizing Google Apps for Education starting in 2015.

In the middle schools and at EAA, carts are used within teams and departments.  The math cart is shared among the math teacher, science cart with science teachers, etc.  At the middle school, there are also 8 carts of iPads to supplement the curriculum.

At the high school, our laptop carts are utilized in a similar way to what is done at the middle school level. iPad carts have been introduced there as well, with seven carts shared within the building by department.  Through student-centered, project-based learning such as movies, podcasts, slide shows, blogs, spreadsheets, and graphic design, students learn the standards in all curricular areas with a new level of excitement as well as develop technological skills for their future. From the beginning planning stages to the final presentations, technology rich projects motivate students to want to learn, take initiative, and be proud of their accomplishments. Likewise, when teachers see the change in their students’ interest level and productivity, they begin to understand why this is a necessary change in our schools and become motivated to integrate into more and more of their lessons.

 

Internet Safety
Websites

NetFamilyNews

Tech News for Parents
http://www.netfamilynews.org/

Common Sense Media Internet Safety

Common Sense Media is the nation's leading non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families. 
Little Kids age 5 - 7
Big kids ages 8-9
Tweens ages 10-12
Teens ages 13+

NetSmartz

Resources on the latest issues regarding technology.
http://www.netsmartz.org/index.aspx

iKeepSafe

SafeKids.com

Advice and tools for parents of pre-teens about online safety and civility
http://www.safekids.com/guidelines-for-parents/

GetNetWise

Resource with tips, tutorials and other interactive tools to show users that creating a safe, secure and positive online environment
http://www.getnetwise.org/

SafetyWeb

SafetyWeb.com helps parents monitor their children's online activity.
http://www.safetyweb.com/

Yahoo! Safely

Learn how to help your children stay safer in the digital world.
http://safely.yahoo.com/parents/

ProtectKids.com

Making the Internet safer for children and families.
http://www.protectkids.com/

Cyberbullying Websites:

Cyberbullying Research Center

Identifying the causes and consequences of cyberbullying.
http://www.cyberbullying.us/index.php

Stop Bullying Now

Information about bullying, strategies for helping to prevent and deal with bullying and helpful materials that you can use to help children in your family, school, and community.
http://www.stopbullying.gov/parents/index.html

Stop Cyberbullying

This website will teach you about cyberbullying and provide options for getting help.
http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/

EBullying411

The EBullying411 website comes from the Illinois Attorney General's office and contains a variety of resources for kids, teenagers, parents, and educators seeking information and advice about cyberbullying.
http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/cyberbullying/for_parents.html