Classroom Devices

Westminster Public Schools utilizes a variety of computing devices to aid in our student's learning.  Each of these are unique and can be utilized in different and meaningful ways.  This page provides teachers and parents with resources and necessary information to make the most of the district-issued devices.

"Chromebooks provide the teaching and learning benefits of computers without the typical distractions that come with technology in the classroom...Applications, school work, and settings are stored in the cloud, so multiple students can use the same Chromebook and still have their own personalized experience when they sign in. Best of all, there is no special training required: If you know how to use the web, you know how to use a Chromebook."

What are Chromebooks?

A Chrome book is a computer that operates the Google Chrome operating system.  The device does not have a hard drive and therefore users can not download items (including software) or save work to the computer itself.  Instead, all programs and work are completed through web based applications. At Westminster Public Schools, every student and teacher is provided a Google Account, which allows access to Google Drive (click here for more information about Drive) as well as Google Apps (click here for more information about GApps).  In addition, all district supported programs can be accessed via Chromebooks.

Chromebooks in the Classroom 

-30 Ways to Use Chromebooks in the Classroom click here
-Chromebook classroom Uses click here
-Using Chromebooks in the Classroom click here
-35 Ways to use Google Apps in Classrooms click here
-Lesson Plans using Google Apps for Education click here
-Guide to Going Google click here
-26 Tips for Teaching with Google Apps click here

Smart Boards

"Combining the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer, the SMART Board interactive whiteboard lets you deliver dynamic lessons, write notes in digital ink and save your work – all with the simple touch of a finger."

What are Smart Boards?

A Smart Board takes whiteboards to a new level by making them interactive.  It uses touch detection for the user (teacher or student) to input typical PC commands (scrolling/right mouse click/etc) on the board directly. A projector is connected to a computer and displays the desktop image onto the interactive whiteboard.  The screen recognizes touch commands and allows user to navigate computer functions directly from the white board in front of the class.

Smart Boards in the Classroom 

-SMART Exchange (Smartboard Lessons) click here
-Know your Smartboard: SMART tutorials for teachers click here
-SMART Boards: Why are they so easy to use? click here
-iTunes U: Teaching with Samrtboard click here
-Scholastic's Free interactive Whiteboard lessons click here
-Have Fun Teaching: Smartboard Lessons click here
-Incorporating the SMART Board for Smart Teaching click here
-Using the SMART Board wisely in classrooms click here
-Using Electronic Whiteboards in Your Classroom click here
-SMART Notebook Math Tools click here

"The iPad is transforming the way we teach and learn.  Powerful creative tools, interactive textbooks, and a universe of apps and content make for endless learning possibilities.  All on a device everyone already loves to use"

What are iPads?

The iPad is tablet computer that runs on Apple's iOS operating system.  The user interface is built around the device's touch screen, including the use of tiles for applications and a virtual keyboard.  iPads can take pictures, shoot video, play music, and perform internet functions, including email and GPS navigation. Apple also provides an ecosystem of Apps that can be downloaded onto an iPad.  The App Store has over 500,000 applications, many of which are education based.

iPads in the Classroom
-Teaching with an iPad click here
-iPads in the classroom click here
-Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom click here
-Using the iPad in the Classroom click here
-103 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom click here
-20 Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom click here
-18 iPad uses: How classrooms are benefiting from Apple's tablets click here
-50 resources for iPad use in the classroom click here

iPod Touch
"Teachers are using iPods to support second language learners, address the needs of diverse learners, motivate struggling readers, as well as to support their own professional development. And, because the iPod is mobile, administrators, teachers and students can learn where and when they want."
What are iPod Touches?

The iPod Touch is a pocket computer that employs multiple purposes for the user.  It is designed by Apple and much like the iPad, has a user interface this is touchscreen-based.  It can connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi and has many features similar to a personal digital assistant (PDA).  It can play music and video, has a digital camera and operates on Apple's iOS operating system.  It does not have wireless capabilities and therefore is not a smartphone.

iPod Touch in the Classroom

-28 Ways to use an iPod Touch in the Classroom click here
-Apple products in Education click here
-The iPod Touch Classroom click here
-Using iPod Touch Devices in Elementary Classrooms click here
-iPod Touch in the Classroom or Library (Pinterest) click here
-Using an iPod Touch in the Primary Classroom click here
-iPod and iPads in the Classroom click here
-iPod Touch 4 Elementary click here
-Classroom iPod Touches & iPads: Do's and Don'ts click here

Brian Kosena,
Mar 3, 2014, 2:04 PM