Warwick Tech Warriors
Warwick School District's Mission Statement:
To enable all students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and the values necessary to become responsible, productive, and resourceful citizens.
Philosophy & Overview:
A Warwick Tech Warrior is first and foremost a learner. In order to learn and grow, Warwick Tech Warriors use knowledge, skills, values, and tools to solve problems, overcome challenges and obstacles, and create original works. Using the "4 C's" of 21st Century Learning, Warwick Tech Warriors will maximize learning experiences by having access to high-quality instruction, opportunities for enrichment and or remediation, fair and equitable assessments, and technology tools that enhance productivity, provide guided practice, and prepare students for education and careers beyond Warwick.
Every Warwick Tech Warrior will experience explicit, direct instruction in each of the "4 C's" in all subject areas. These four skills are essential for every learner, regardless of his or her aspirations for the future. The "4 C's" are defined as:
Communication - sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions
Creativity - trying new approaches to get things done; creating innovation and invention
Collaboration - working together to reach a goal; putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work
Critical Thinking - looking at problems in a new way; linking learning across subjects and disciplines
These four building blocks are essential tools for the Warwick Tech Warrior.
Warwick’s Tech Warrior program is occurring as a result of the three goals found in the District’s comprehensive plan. The first goals of the Comprehensive Plan involve ensuring consistent implementation of the standards-aligned curricula. Warwick’s Tech Warrior program is defined as a flexible, customized and personalized educational program that integrates new instructional strategies. We will accomplish this through a mixture of technology tools with the goal of transforming classrooms from teacher-centered to student-centered personalized learning environments which focus on high academics, and the integration of 21st-century skills, with a focus on Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Creative Thinking, referred to as the 4Cs.
The second goal of Warwick's Comprehensive Plan is to address and remove barriers to student learning. Key components of our Warwick Tech Warrior program include the expanding role of the classroom teacher, use of a learning management system, and use of student mobile computing devices. Teacher roles are expanding to provide a blended approach of traditional and digital learning resources while mentoring students on how to become self-regulated in their learning. The learning management system enables teachers to organize curriculum content, provide formative assessments to help change instructional practice, and create a more personalized and customized learning path for students. Mobile devices provide the anytime-anywhere access to learning that is needed for our students to become proficient, life-long learners. Student-centered instructional strategies being introduced include project-based learning, active inquiry, computer-based formative assessments, and hybrid learning. The District continues to go to great lengths to provide our educators with ongoing professional development for best practices in using technology and new instructional strategies.
The third and final goal of Warwick’s Comprehensive plan is to promote the shared vision of a positive school climate and community support of learning. There are many ways to accomplish this goal, but the following four will be achieved through the Warwick Tech Warrior program.
To prepare students for their future
Every school district has a mission to prepare students for their future. Because technology can globalize our economic and educational markets, whether a graduating senior is seeking college or trade school admittance, or move directly into the workforce, the competition is becoming more and more challenging. If the Warwick School District is to continue to provide a quality education that prepares its students for this competition, the District must ensure it has equipped its students with the necessary resources they will need when moving on to that next step.
To allow students to take ownership of their learning
Having a device will provide students with digital and online resources at their fingertips. Being connected will enable students to find answers online immediately. Students can also build personal learning networks through collaboration with experts or peers. Finally, having a device expands the classroom; the school day is no longer bound by physical or time restraints.
To maximize students’ learning potential
All students can learn! Every learner is an individual, some learn at a faster pace, some at a slower pace, but all students can learn. Having an Internet-connected device enables students to maximize their learning potential by learning at their level and pace. Through this access to online content and resources, students who need time to process the material can do so without feeling rushed to keep up with the class; and students who already know the material or who grasp the concept at a quicker pace, have resources readily available to move ahead on their own initiative. This provides the ability to customize learning for individual students.
To engage students in their learning environment
Students live in a digital, online world. All students going through a K-12 environment were born into an era where computers, laptops, mobile devices, and the Internet already existed. Students do not know life without access. From home computers to personal cellular phones to gaming consoles, students are already connected. The school should be an environment that teaches the skills of responsible and appropriate behavior; creating a safe and positive digital presence; and how to find a balance between both digital and physical realities.\
Every student in grades Kindergarten through 12, will be participating in the Warwick Tech Warrior program with a phased implementation. All students in these grades will have assigned devices (MacBooks or iPads), and some might have the option to take them home to work outside of the school building. Both devices considered have all of the necessary software and apps needed for their curriculum and learning goals in addition to an internet filter that is active at both school and anywhere the students access the Internet.
Kindergarten - Grade 2
Grades 3 - 12
iPads to be kept in the classroom, but would have the option of being used at home
MacBook Airs to be used in the classroom, but would have the option of being used at home
Costs associated with the Warwick Tech Warrior program are offset with the reduction in printing, curtailment of traditional textbook purchases, and extension of current student and staff computer refresh cycles. Warwick has been building financial capacity for this program for years and has been balancing costs as needs have grown over the past decade. Additionally, Warwick has been partnering with the Warwick Education Foundation to help purchase and sustain some of these equipment purchases. Parents and/or guardians do not have to pay a fee for their student’s technology use, however; damage to technology by the student, willfully or accidentally, shall incur a fee which is listed in the replacement cost table later discussed in this handbook. If parents opt for their child to take the device home, an off-campus usage fee will provide coverage for accidental damage that might occur.