Dear Grade 5 community,
We are pleased to report that our Grade 5 students have been using their MacBooks with the level of care expected of them. In light of this success, students will take their MacBooks home over the Winter break, from December 19, 2014 to January 5, 2015. If this is a successful experience, we will additionally make plans for students to take their MacBooks home during the Lunar New Year Holiday.
Teachers have discussed the importance of caring for the laptops when they are being transported home and also back to school. Laptops are not to be used on buses and must be inside a laptop sleeve or carry case when being transported.
It is important to set up an essential agreement and expectations about laptop usage at home (or on holiday) as we have in the classroom.
Areas to that need to be addressed:
• Amount of screen time needed (Balanced)
• Purpose of using the Macbook – games, research, communicating
• Appropriate use of Macbook (Principled)
• Location of Macbook at night time- Not in bedroom, used in sight of adults etc
To help prepare both students and parents for the shared management of the MacBook while it is at home. Please take the time to review the Responsible Use Policy at home. A version of the policy can be found here: http://ltt.cdnis.edu.hk/guidelines/
It is also important to note that the CDNIS firewall (keeps bad stuff out) is of a high quality and your home firewall may not be as strong. Searching on the internet may be more less secure as a result.
On the Gr. 5 student MacBook, there is a parent administrative account that will allow parents to install programs, update software and use Parental Controls.
Please contact the LTT department (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need help to reset the parent account password that you set when you came to the Grade 5 Macbook roll out night.
Lastly, please note that students should bring their MacBook and power charger to classes on the first day of school after the holiday.
The Grade 5 Team
Home Learning for this Week (Due Friday)
Item 1) Maths Mate Sheet – Term 2 Sheet 6.
Item 2) Blog Photo Journal – Writing to Describe. In this unit we will be looking into texts that describe and will be learning how to organize and classify information in our own writing.
For this blog post:
- choose one topic that you are knowledgeable about
- provide a detailed description of this topic (For example: Tigers – Where do they live/ What do they eat/ What do they look like?)
- don’t use first person or opinion
- add an image (either photograph or graphic) to your post