Our mission is to empower teachers and students to use technology effectively in order to become knowledgeable, capable, and ethical digital citizens. By developing strong digital and 21st century skills within our school environment our teachers and students will be ready to confidently work within the global environment.
One-2-One Laptop Initiative
Our student laptop initiative began in the fall of 2004. This initiative provides laptop computers to all students for both school and home use. The internet is accessed at school through the ACES network and students can log on to the internet at home through their own providers. Having the ability to use technology 24/7 can transform student learning and make it a personal experience. Students are able to communicate with their teachers, pick up and submit their work online, and use the internet for research. They also have access to subscription sites like Discovery Learning, IXL for math practice, and Visual Thesaurus for vocabulary practice.
What is G-Suite?
TEMS is a Google School. Teachers and students can use parts of the G-Suite. Google Drive a cloud service offered by Google that allows teachers and students to store their work and collaborate online. Other parts of the G-Suite we utilize include, Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Keep and Google Classroom. Students access the G-Suite with their ACES provided accounts.
Laptop Rollout and Implementation
Before students can receive a laptop, parents/guardians must sign the RUP (Responible Use Policy) on ParentSquare. ACES Thomas Edison Middle School offeres a protection plan policy for $30 annually. Families that choose to take part in our protection plan policy will get to KEEP their computers when they graduate from 8th grade. Details are outlined in the RUP.
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) provides the technology standards for our students. Learn more https://www.iste.org/standards
Common Sense Media
This is an excellent site for information on all the media that you use. Movie and video game reviews, website safety scores and tips, and most importantly, how to be a good digital citizen. TEMS students are taught common sense media lessons throughout the year.