Neptune's One-to-One Technology InitiativeThe Neptune Township School District envisions teachers and students participating in a one-to-one technology initiative, allowing for continuous access to dynamic information; this will shift the traditional methods of instruction to allow for an environment that is both student-centered and real-world based. Integration of these tools, i.e. Chromebooks, will stress the importance of creativity, innovation, research, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and digital citizenship, as outlined in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. Current devices are now able to be supported by robust technology-based instructional tools and resources that truly enhance curriculum and instruction resulting in an overall shift in how teachers teach and students learn reflecting the ever changing environment our students live in.
In the 2016-2017 school year, the NTSD began this initiative by providing all teaching staff and students in grades 5, 6, and 9 with Chromebooks. This initiative will continue to grow over the next few years, based on the information that the pilot year provided the district and one-to-one team.
In the 2017-2018 school year, students in grades 5-7 will have access to Chromebooks throughout the school day and they will remain in school overnight. In grades 9 and 10, students will be able to utilize the Chromebooks throughout the school day and also take them home overnight. The district is very excited about utilizing Google Apps for Education to leverage collaboration and real world problem solving in classrooms across all school buildings, lending to lessons which are both engaging and innovative, in addition to allowing for enhanced personalization of content and presentation for our students.
In order to provide support to staff and students, the district has four Technology Specialists on staff who work in each school building. Our Technology Specialists train teachers on the Google Apps for Education, and will also be working with students in all grade levels as well. They will be working in classrooms with teachers and students to integrate this technology into daily lessons.
For any students in the grade levels that will be utilizing the Chromebooks (grades 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10), parents and students must read, review, and sign a Student Chromebook Agreement.