Optimal student access to technology is a priority area in the Hamilton School District’s Strategic Plan. Classrooms infused with digital tools support learning and expand educational experiences that prepare students for a digital world. Technology, when integrated into the curriculum, improves students’ learning processes and outcomes.
In response to COVID-19, the district accelerated its technology plan and invested in equipment and training that benefit students in both the 100% virtual and in-person learning formats.
Students in grades 5-12 are issued a Chromebook as part of the existing 1-1 Chromebook program that they may take to and from school.
Students in grades 3-4 have access to Chromebooks that remain at school.
Each 5K-grade 2 classroom has 10 Chromebooks and 5 iPads as shared resources.
Infinite Campus is a comprehensive, web-based K-12 student information system with real-time access to household information, online payments, assignments, grades and more.
Other common technology in schools:
- G Suite for Education is a suite of free Google tools and services including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation and calendar apps that are tailored for schools. Google classroom is used in grades 7-12.
- Email – All students have an email account that is turned on in grade 5.
- Zoom and Google Meet are cloud-based video communications apps that allow virtual video and audio conferencing, webinars, live chats, screen-sharing and other collaborative capabilities in a virtual learning environment.
- Seesaw is a digital app-based platform that allows students, teachers and families to showcase their learning and communicate progress toward learning goals. It is used in grades 4K-6.
- Clever is a single sign-on platform used in grades K-12 to support student access to many applications the schools use with a one log-in.
- Remind is a communication platform that helps teachers and coaches reach students and parents quickly with a simple text message.
- Google Sites is used by all teachers in grades 5-12 and some in grades K-4 to create their classroom websites. These can be visited by clicking on the “Classroom Websites” link in the “Resources” menu on your school’s splash page.
- Nutrislice is a technology platform that publishes searchable school lunch menus with the option to show detailed nutritional and food allergy information.
- iContact is the district email platform system that sends weekly device-responsive school e-newsletters and other important messages with the ability to archive previous messages on school splash pages. Archived newsletters can be viewed by clicking on the “School Newsletters” link located in the “Our School” menu on your school’s splash page.
- Libguides – Check out each school’s Libguides to find reading and research resources, an online catalog for books, DVDs and other materials, databases for research and information literacy skills, Sora audio and ebooks, Flipster (HHS only) online magazines, NoodleTools citation builder, class booklists and teacher resources. These can be visited by clicking on the “Library Resources” link in the “Resources” menu on each school’s splash page.
Technology policies & forms
Student safety and privacy rights are high priorities as the district evaluates software platforms. In addition, all virtual platforms used in the district are in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Students and staff must abide by the
- Acceptable Information Technology Use Agreement
- Acceptable Use Agreement for Student Use of Personal Technology Devices on School Grounds
- Acceptable Use Agreement for Student Use of District-Provided 1:1 Technology Devices
- Student Information Technology and Network Use Guidelines
- Student Use of Information Technology policy