The first and best way for families to get involved with the One-to-One Laptop Initiative is to ask a student about it! You can get an account of how laptops are being used in our schools straight from the source. We encourage parents to talk to their students about their school work and ask to see how the student is using the computer. We also encourage parents to require their children to use the KSD laptop in a common room of the house. Since the laptop’s purpose is to support education, the parents have every right to be fully involved in whatever is happening on the device.
Many schools ask for parent volunteers to help make laptop distribution and collection days a success. Contact your school’s main office to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
Some of our schools offer family technology nights, in which outside presenters give information regarding Internet safety and ways to use the technology effectively. Check your school’s calendar or contact the main office for more information.
There are many sites that offer excellent resources for parents and families of students who use technology. A great place to start is the School Safety Center from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. You can also get valuable information on digital literacy and citizenship from Common Sense Media’s parent information page.
If you are a parent or guardian of a student in the One-to-One Laptop Initiative, you can view the student manual or the Student/Parent Agreement for information regarding your responsibilities. Questions regarding this information can be directed to your school’s main office.