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    Vision: 

    At Cedar Park, we value the critical relationship between teachers and students in supporting their learning and growth as scholars and citizens. To that end, we are committed to only using technology in our classroom environments that enhances the teaching and learning fostered by teachers in their classrooms – equalizing opportunities for students to practice specific skills in context or communicate their learning in effective and meaningful ways. The programs listed below are commonly used at Cedar Park during the school year. There may be other programs used occasionally that are not listed here. 


    Communication:
     

    Any changes to these procedures will be vetted through the Building Leadership Team (BLT) and communicated to staff and families. 


    Procedures
    : 

    Cedar Park will be committed to… 

    Keeping technology use during an academic block (Reading, Math, etc.) to 15-20 minutes during an independent work station. Exceptions to this will  occur for special projects such as writing pieces, research or Expeditionary Learning Projects.

    Using only District approved programs and apps vetted through the SPS Technology Department, which have been determined to be ADA compliant.

    Protecting student data per FERPA guidelines and proper technology usage/care (safeguarding student log-ins, closing out of programs, etc.)

    Technology Products used at Cedar Park:
      

    Note: The following list details the most commonly used software at Cedar Park. It is not exhaustive and will be expanded if faculty incorporate further digital tools into their classroom practice. All technology used by staff and faculty will adhere to the above guidelines. 

     

    Raz-Kids (Learning A-Z) 

    Approved and Vetted by: SPS Technology Department 

    Used For: Literacy Independent Work Stations Grades K-2 

    Purpose: To provide students with opportunities to independently practice their literacy and comprehension skills regardless of foundational skills ability (text selections are read orally to students allowing them to engage with comprehension and other literacy activities). By expanding comprehension skills, students learn to more deeply engage in reading which, in turn promotes an eagerness to learn foundational skills. The program tracks and assesses student progress, allowing teachers to right-size instruction in small groups. 

     

    IXL 

    Approved and Vetted by: SPS Technology Department 

    Used For: Math Independent Work Stations Grades K-5 

    Purpose: To provide students opportunities to independently practice Math Skills based on individual student need. The program offers data tracking features that allow teachers to monitor progress and assign the appropriate modules to students. Students receive subtle rewards and positive feedback from the program, allowing them to monitor their own improvements. The program also provides solutions and explanations to incorrect answers, so students re-learn as they go. 

     


    SeeSaw
     

    Approved and Vetted by: SPS Technology Department 

    Used For: Independent Work, Teacher Feedback and Assignment Progress Monitoring 

    Purpose: This program provides a digital platform in which Teachers can find or create activities for students & students capture their learning in a portfolio through pictures, drawings, recorded videos and more. Teachers may record a video of themselves teaching the initial skills for a project, allowing students to go back and re-watch to remember the next step. Students might read a book passage out loud that the teacher listens to and provides coaching for the student for the next time they read. SeeSaw can be used for independent work in Math, Reading, Writing and Science. 

     


    Typing Club
     

    Approved and Vetted by: SPS Technology Department 

    Used For: Typing Practice 

    Purpose: This program is used to teach students touch-typing allowing for easier fluency when doing research, assessments and creating presentations. 

     


    Office365
     

    Approved and Vetted by: SPS Technology Department 

    Used For: Word Processing, Presentation Creation 

    Purpose: This suite of online programs from Microsoft includes Word, Publisher & PowerPoint. Students use these programs to create presentations, do research and independent writing.