May 16, 2019

Dear Bacich Parents,

As elementary school educators and parents of young children, we often ask ourselves how we best balance the access and use of technology in our classrooms and in our homes?

For our school families, the use of technology in their homes is a personal choice and decision. In our schools, we realize that there are critical skills that must be acquired through technology. These skills are necessary to be successful in middle school, high school and beyond, and they are very different from the skills that most adults grew up learning. We believe that preparing our students for the digital world is important.

At Bacich, our goal is to use technology to provide a sound foundation to build engaging, enhanced and extended learning opportunities. Additionally, we use technology to close equity gaps and ensure effective and innovative learning experiences for our students. Below are specific ways technology is used in our school:

  1. Adaptive technology programs such as Core 5 for reading, and Dreambox and Reflex Math for mathematics, allow specific and targeted skills to personalize learning and reach individual students.
  2. Teachers consistently use the display screen, iPads, and chromebooks to centralize classroom instruction. Exposure to new ideas and information takes place regularly through these instructional tools.
  3. Students collaborate on assignments and projects with other students and their teachers using Google platforms.
  4. Families are frequently invited in to our classrooms to see what is happening using Seesaw; Students find it empowering to share their work over distance and time. Seesaw is also a tool similar to a portfolio where a students’ work can be held, documented, and celebrated.
  5. Bacich’s Math Matters website offers multiple links to engage learners in critical thinking and problem solving and reasoning skills.

To support the education of our students in developing 21st century skills, we follow the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards for our kindergarten through fourth grade students. These standards identify the competencies and skills that schools should integrate into the curriculum to ensure students are prepared, as they move through their education.

In 2013–2014, The Kentfield School District developed a Technology Plan, and technology planning became part of the District’s overall Strategic Plan. This original Technology Plan provided a road map for the integration of technology in our schools.

Next fall, we will once again embark on the reevaluation of the KSD Strategic Plan. With current research in mind, we will re-visit the use of technology in our classrooms and determine if there are changes to the framework that need to be made in order to meet our technology and curriculum goals.

Sincerely,

Sally Peck