The district is excited to extend the 1:1 technology initiative to the entire 9-12 student population in the form of a Bring Your Own Device program. Starting fall of 2018, students at the 9-12 buildings will use devices for instruction during the school day that students currently own, or lease through a third party vendor. Rockford has partnered with a Tech Defenders to offer families an opportunity to lease a refurbished Chromebook for a year in which they will own at the end of the lease agreement. Many of our students have a device that they can bring in to use but the leasing program is for families who do not currently own a device for the student to use and/or they wish to lease to own a device instead of directly purchasing one.
July 24, 2018
Dear 9-12th Grade Parents,
I hope your summer is off to a great start! The primary purpose of this letter is to provide you with some very important information. As you may recall, this fall we will be implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative at the 9-12th grade buildings. The first step in the process was sharing some important information at the two parent meetings on May 22 at the Rockford Freshman Center. The second step in this process is to have every student tell us what their plan is, related to having a device. Please click on the link below and choose one of the three options (BYOD, rent your own device, or a school owned device):
The link above also provides you with information on device requirements, information related to insurance, and other information you may find helpful.
We are excited for every student to have a personal device in their hands each day. If you have any questions leading up to the orientation, please contact your building principal or Dr. Kelley at your convenience. Students who will not be bringing their own device will receive one at the orientation program in August.
Rockford Public Schools is excited to announce that in the 2017-2018 school year we will be launching a 1:1 technology initiative at both middle schools.
Rockford launched a 1:1 technology initiative in the 2016-2017 school year at all elementary schools. Students in grades K-1 received an iPad and students in grades 2-5 received a laptop. In the fall of 2017, students at the elementary level will be reissued a device and will start the year in a 1:1 technology learning environment.
In the fall of 2017, students in grades 6-8 will take part in the 1:1 technology initiative and will be issued a district owned laptop as their personal device to use for the school year.
Rockford’s goals for moving forward with the 1:1 initiative:
- Increase student engagement and performance.
- Increase opportunities for students to apply knowledge, collaborate and communicate with others.
- Empower teachers and students to engage in the curriculum through both traditional and digital materials.
- Allow all students to participate in the learning process that is meaningful and individualized.
- Engage and encourage students to think creatively, critically and increase problem-solving skills.
- Teachers design relevant content to be delivered through technology that addresses all achievement levels and makes differentiated instruction easier to implement.
Rockford will be using the ISTE (International Society for Teaching in Education) Student Standards as the foundation for the use of technology in the school setting. Digital Citizenship (the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use) is an integral part of the ISTE standards and an important part of the instruction in a 1:1 environment. Rockford will also be implementing a Digital Citizenship curriculum for all students and there will be lessons taught by staff in the building, as well as the responsible use of digital materials will be modeled throughout the school year.
Through the use of Schoology as a learning management system in the classroom and the rollout of the 1:1 initiative, we are very excited to bring our students digital opportunities that will challenge and support their learning and provide a vehicle for more engagement and individualized instruction.
Vision Statement: Innovative thinkers effectively use technology and maximize the capacity of teaching and learning.
- Establish adaptive and interactive inquiry-based learning
- Give learners a voice and choice in attaining their learning goals
- Provide personalized and authentic learning opportunities
- Redefine collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity
When providing a mobile learning device to students, there also comes a responsibility for students and families to care and protect for their device. As we understand incidents will occur, we want to put proper guidelines in place to ensure your child’s device can be repaired and returned efficiently.
The electronic payment system for Digital Device Insurance is now available for making payments. If you have not utilized the electronic payment system, please do so for future fees your student may incur. Attached are the procedures for establishing an account and making payments. Efunds is one of the methods used to make school lunch payments, so, if you have utilized this system for that purpose, you will already have an account started. If you have not used Efunds for school lunch payments, you can create an account. Please be sure you have your student’s Family Access student ID ready if you are creating an account. The student ID can be found in your Family Access account under the Student Information tab and is identified as ‘Other ID”.
Videos for parents of middle school students in the 2017-2018 school year: