Technology in the Classroom
Assistive Technology refers to any piece of technology that helps a student to enhance or maintain their learning.
SEA equipment is one method the UGDSB uses to ensure students in the school board have the ability to access the curriculum in a variety of ways. Using Ministry funding, we have provided over 14,000 Chromebooks to students that allow students to use software and apps designed to help overcome barriers for learning. The use of technology is one way the board continues to improve and support students to ensure accessibility in the classroom and to meet the needs of all learners.
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a collection of powerful productivity applications and tools. Teachers and students are able to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations with the ability to share and collaborate in real time on the same file. All work is done online and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device that is connected to the internet. Rounding out GAFE is Google Drive, a secured online storage space, Google Hangout, which is a virtual meeting platform, and Google Classroom, an organization and communication tool.
UGCloud is the Upper Grand District School Board’s online hub for all online digital tools and resources. By integrating these tools and resources using single sign-on technology, teachers and students have instant access with the click of a button, without the need for remembering multiple usernames and passwords. This has led to widespread use by teachers and students, and UGCloud regularly sees over 25,000 unique logins daily during the week. On weekends, this number remains impressive and regularly sees over 10,000 unique weekend logins.
UG2GO is a powerful resource for all UGDSB students. It can be accessed 24/7 from school or from home. UG2GO includes tools such as Learn360 (educational video streaming), Student Link (a site children use at school that gives them access to websites that are kid friendly and relate directly to their current units of study), Tumblebooks (a site that has hundreds of books children can click on and have read to them), Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks), and much more. Parents are encouraged to take a few minutes to explore UG2GO with their child. It’s an important tool that will aid them in their education and make life easier when it comes to homework and projects.