Fulton Focus

A publication for the parents of Fulton Public Schools

July 2015

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons:

We are pleased to introduce the ‘Fulton Focus’ which will be a periodic newsletter containing items pertaining to your student(s) and the district. This issue will focus on the 1:1 Initiative providing electronic devices (Chromebooks) to all students in grades 6 through 12.


Our intent is to provide your student with structured electronic access to classroom assignments, curriculum, and support materials. Students will be able to complete work at home and use support materials if internet access is available. Concurrently, teachers will be able to monitor student work and internet access while in class; hence, academic support will continue to be delivered to your student in a timely fashion. Finally, through district monitored software, the Chromebooks as configured meet all requirements of the federal ‘Children’s Internet Protection Act’.


We believe electronic access provides a positive system for your student to access excellent curriculum materials under the guidance of faculty you know and trust.


Questions about the 1:1 process can be directed to any faculty, administrator or me at any time through the use of the FPS app, email, phone call or traditional correspondence.


Sincerely,

Jacque Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Why 1:1?


  • Increased student engagement

  • Satisfies online testing requirements

  • Provides flexibility, customization, and personalization, which enhance student motivation, morale, performance, efficiency, and effectiveness

  • Aligns with today’s mobile society where anytime, anywhere learning is a reality

  • Supports collaborative learning

  • Offers powerful collaborative and in-class possibilities. The Chromebook expands the number of available opportunities for students to collaborate and learn in ways that suit them best, giving them confidence and helping them achieve their full potential.

  • Improve interaction by allowing the easy exchange of information among students and with teachers

  • Assignments can be exchanged electronically

  • Students with advanced skills are able to expand their skills and knowledge.

  • Students with learning differences are better able to keep pace with classmates because they can utilize the technology to meet their individual learning needs.


“Formal learning is like riding a bus: the driver decides where the bus is going; the passengers are along for the ride. Informal learning is like riding a bike: the rider chooses the destination, the speed, and the route.” - Jay Cross

Parent Survey Results

Parents of students grades 6-12 were given a survey so FPS would know the concerns and level of support for the 1:1 Personal Learning Device Initiative. The results, from 406 respondents, can be seen below.
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Go Guardian Software

Go Guardian is the software that will help teachers in the classroom monitor what each student is doing on their Personal Learning Device at any given moment. Information can be found in the flyer below.
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Parent/Student Agreement

As the parent of a student in grades 6-12, you you will need to indicate that you and your student have read and understand the use of the FPS issued Personal Learning Devices. The agreement will be accessible during Online Registration beginning July 7. To complete Online Registration, log into your Parent Portal from the FPS website www.fulton58.org. If you have questions or problems logging in, please call the Technology Office at 573-590-8040.
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More Questions?

The FPS Technology personnel put together an Frequently Asked Questions sheet for all parents with students in grades 6-12 who will be receiving an FPS issued Personal Learning Device. You may also call 573-590-8040 or 573-590-8000 if this FAQ doesn't answer your particular question or if you would like more information.
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Damage Waiver (optional)

Below is information on the optional Damage Waiver available to all who have a school issued Personal Learning Device. Deadline to purchase is September 1, 2015. You will be asked to accept or reject the Damage Waiver during completion of Online Registration. Information on payment for the optional Damage Waiver will be included in Online Registration which will be open beginning July 7. To complete Online Registration, log into your Parent Portal from the FPS website www.fulton58.org. If you have questions or problems logging in, please call the Technology Office at 573-590-8040.
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