Highland Park ISD is committed to being an organization that encourages all students and community members to be life-long learners. Essential to this vision is the development of the use of state-of-the-art technology that empowers teachers, students, and other adults to create learning experiences from the vast storehouse of information available both within and beyond the school building. In educating its students for the future, the district believes that schools must take part in equipping students, teachers, and the community to use all technology efficiently. This year, the district is committed to its vision of being an EXEMPLARY district, and we believe that our technology plays a major part in this endeavor.
HP is committed to leading the way through progressive technology and advanced instructional techniques to develop an educational experience that produces successful life-long learners.
Every Child Counts
We began our technology adventure in 2006 with a one to one laptop program in grades 6-12 with the passing of a bond. We will sell seniors their laptops as they graduate. This gives them ownership of the technology and also provides us funds to help offset our replacements.
Learning Never Exhausts the Mind
PK-2: Four iPads in a classroom
Grades 3-5: 22 iPads (One to One)
Each Grade Level has a shared cart of Chromebooks.
The primary PK-2 grades mainly use their iPads as centers where the older grade levels individualize instruction with their iPads. Each 6th grader has his/her own ipad that stays at school. 7-12 continue to use laptops.
IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING
Any new technology requires time and training. We believe our technology brings excitement and empowers our students to facilitate their own learning.
It didn’t take long after rolling out our technology to learn that these students have grown up in the digital age. They are great for visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning.
Rationale for our Technology Program
Among other things, technology offer the teachers a way to individualize instruction, measure progress with great precision, simulate processes, and break down geographical barriers. It is a way to improve student enthusiasm toward learning and provide equal access to all of our learners. We envision a school in which all available technologies are utilized seamlessly into the classroom creating a greater community of learning among students and faculty.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and other similar sites are designed to allow people to share their personal information, including pictures, names and addresses, schools they attend, cell and home phone numbers, and pretty much any information they can think of. The minimum age requirement of most of these sites is 13 years old; however the safeguards they use to verify age are not foolproof. The content contained within social sites is not monitored nor are contacts that your child may make.
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Pause Before You Post
Pause Before You Post is a public service program from Jostens encouraging everyone to make smart decisions about personal publishing. Through expert advice online and in schools, we’re hoping to make teens and parents more aware of the responsibilities and consequences of sharing information, particularly through online social media.
Make a statement supporting Pause Before You Post™ and spread the word in your community with the following pledge: I believe in making smart decisions when I share information online and want to spread the word to my friends, family and community about taking time to Pause Before You Post.
Before I make a post, I pledge to ask myself: