At Woodstock Union High School and Middle School, we believe that 21st century technology skills are an important ingredient for teaching and learning and that access to the right tools at the right time prepares our students for higher learning and careers within and beyond our community.
Through the meaningful use of technology our students are learning what it means to be skilled information processors, collaborative workers, effective communicators, self-directed learners, and responsible citizens.
In 2010, students and staff embarked on a new educational journey with the launch of our 1-to-1 netbook initiative. Currently all students in grades 7 through 10 have been issued a school computer for learning, collaboration and communication. Staff development, technology training and curricular redesign have been focal points of our preparation to foster a school-wide effort to provide students with enhanced learning opportunities.
technology provides a variety of ways for students to learn
we need to keep pace with the ever-changing nature of information and technology
opportunities for learning exist everywhere
we, as a community, are all (at different times) teacher and student
students should be active, self-directed participants in their learning
it is important to foster student responsibility in order to help students achieve success
technology can lead to greater efficiency in learning
technology can facilitate more personal, collaborative student-teacher interactions
Here’s a grade-by-grade overview of our net book initiative.
Grades 7, 8 & 9
All seventh, eighth and ninth grade students receive Chromebooks to use during the school day. Chromebooks are stored in mobile carts in advisory classrooms. Students check out the computers prior to the beginning of the school day and check them back into the carts at the end of the day.
Grades 10, 11 & 12
Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students who would like to use their own personal netbook, laptop or tablet computer on campus are permitted to do so when they return a signed AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). Students who do not have a personal device can request a school computer when they return a signed Netbook Custody Agreement.
Our expectation for all students is that they will be prepared for school each day with either a school-issued computer or their own personal laptop or tablet computer for academic use.
About the WUHSMS Chomebook Computers
The Hewlett Packard Chromebook that is issued to students is the property of Woodstock Union High School & Middle School. The netbooks come equipped with everything a student will need as a tool for learning. They are issued to the student and must be returned at the end of the school year.
This initiative is about teaching and learning, not about the computer. We believe this tool will support and enhance the teaching and learning process.
Each 7th through 10th grade student is issued a Chromebook or Windows netbook as part of the program but must realize that it is a privilege, not a right. The devices will be collected at the end of the school year, and students will be issued the same netbook in the fall of the next school year to encourage students to take greater responsibility for the machine in their care.
Students who travel home with their netbook should make certain that the computer is fully charged each day. Any inappropriate or careless use of a netbook needs be reported immediately. Misuse will result in the computer being taken away for a period of time to be determined by designated staff.
WUHSMS realizes that accidents can and do happen. We would encourage students to be responsible and respectful of their device. A list will be kept of all accidents and service required for each netbook. Students who have caused damages (accidental or intentional) to a netbook will be required to repair damages and will participate in a review with the Technology Coordinator and Network Administrator, Building Principal and parents to determine if the privilege of having a netbook needs to be suspended.