Letter From the District

10/05/2011 14:49

Dear Parents/Guardians,
 
The Norman Public Schools will be implementing the Web 2.0 tool, Google Apps for Education, for 3rd through 12th grade students who have parental permission to use the NPS wide area network and the Internet. The term Web 2.0 refers to web applications that facilitate creativity, information sharing, and collaboration among users. This letter outlines how students and teachers will use Google Apps for Education in Norman Public Schools.  
 
Google Apps for Education offers a suite of learning tools including Documents, Spreadsheets, Forms, and Presentations, which enable students to collaboratively or independently create, edit, and save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online. In our district, students and teachers from the Norman Public Schools will have the ability to collaborate and share learning activities with one another. Additional Google services include Google Maps, Google Calendar, iGoogle, and intra-district email.  
 
Teachers can use Google Apps for Education to increase students' capability to write and research collaboratively. Google Apps for Education allows students to organize and save their work online. Student work can be accessed from home, school, and anywhere there is an internet connection.  
 
Students across the district receive digital citizenship and digital safety education each school year. This curriculum reviews online safety, digital etiquette, and district policies about acceptable use of the Internet including email and web applications. As teachers use Google Apps for Education, students will receive training on the use of the components of the applications. Each student will be assigned a Gmail account and password to log in to the site. We hope they will share what they learn with you.  
 
Your involvement in your child's education is important. We encourage you to participate with your child in his/her online activities. Some examples for using online applications with students are outlined below.


Students and teachers will be using Google Apps for Education for the purposes of:
    •    Sharing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets with their teachers and each other for assignments, the writing process (including peer editing), planning and group projects
    •    Creating timelines, different types of graphs, and other interactive tools
    •    Gathering and analyzing data
    •    Learning processes and strategies to facilitate teamwork, collaborative intelligence, and working with others
    •    Organizing, coordinating, and accessing activities, assignments, and events in one place
    •    Creating special project calendars and sharing these calendars with teachers and with other students when necessary
    •    Creating a "dashboard' or "start page" with a calendar, task list, bookmarks, and RSS feeds
    •    Creating thematic maps with information, links, and photos
    •    Creating dynamic and vibrant research

If you have any questions, please contact the principal at your child's school.