STAR: Students Take Active Roles

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District believes that technology is s a tool to provide students with 21st Century skills, which will keep them competitive in the global workplace. It is not enough to simply add technology into existing teaching methods. Instead, technology must be strategically implemented to maximize the benefit to the students.  In short, the team believes our professional development needs to focus on how we are teaching instead of what we are teaching. We believe that technology should be part of our everyday norm. The benefits of a technology-infused classroom include the ability for teachers to deliver personalized learning to students, increase students' technology and 21st Century skills, and empower students in the learning process. Using technology during daily instruction will allow our classrooms to be:

  • Student-Centered

  • Student-Directed

  • Delivers Personalized, Differentiated Instruction

  • Encourages 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity

  • Allows students to access, manage, and synthesize resources

  • Encourages students to be digital citizens who participate in a global society

Kids outside with chromebook

Chromebooks

Only runs Chrome OS  
Everything stored in cloud-based Google Drive
Runs only web-based software
Apps and extensions in Chrome Web Store
Used while connected to the internet

Why Chromebooks?

Meets the current needs of students
The district can easily manage & support  
Affordability
Portability
Speed

GSuite for Education

Students have access to Google apps and email. 

Students can share only within the BRRSD domain
See Acceptable Use agreement

Why Google Apps? 
  • Cloud-based
  • Can be accessed from anywhere 
  • Can be accessed on any type of device
  • Real-time collaboration

Parent Resources

Common Sense Media
Google Family Resource Center
Net Smartz

All parents and students must read and sign the following policies:

Acceptable Use
Use of Technology
Chromebook Handbook

 

STAR Technology

1.  ISTE Standards

Diagram of ISTE Standards for Students

2.  BRRSD Technology Belief Statements:

  • We believe technology is constantly evolving and that all students should have equitable access to devices and resources.

  • We believe technology is a tool that enhances instruction and provides students with opportunities to create and publish digital content and connect with global audiences.

  • We believe students must be effective collaborators who are personally responsible for their words and actions in a technologically connected society.

  • We believe students must  be conscientious digital citizens who act with integrity and compassion and will use technology in a legal and ethical manner.

  • We believe students will utilize technology to access, research, analyze, evaluate and synthesize multiple sources.

  • We believe technology is a tool to transform learning, to foster critical thinking, to enhance creativity and innovation, and to prepare learners to be productive members of a global society.

3.  BRRSD Strategic Plan Strives to Encourage:

  • effective communicators

  • responsible collaborators

  • creative thinkers

  • life long learners who seek knowledge through critical and innovative thinking