Technology and Connectivity
All current North Colonie teachers have been loaned a district laptop and have access to the internet at their place of residence. As part of the laptop distribution process for new teachers, we plan to poll new teachers about access to the internet at their place of residence.
All K-12 students will be loaned a District Chromebook to allow them to participate in hybrid, remote, or in-person classes. Students will be polled about access to the internet at their place of residence in the following ways:
- As part of the fall registration process where they will choose whether or not they will be opting for remote learning.
- As part of the Chromebook distribution process for K-5 and new students 6-12.
- During the first week of remote and/or hybrid classes, any student who does not actively participate will also be personally contacted to verify internet availability.
The district will address the need to provide internet access by a combination of these strategies:
- Assisting families to find discounted or free access to the the internet through Spectrum or Verizon Fios
- Where possible, providing WiFi hotspots to families who are unable to obtain broadband services in their area.
The district will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models, by providing:
- Livestreamed video instruction through the use of Zoom and/or Google Meet. Students will also be able to connect to the audio portion of livestreamed lessons via the telephone if an internet connection is not available.
- Textbooks, workbooks, packets, and other paper-based instructional materials for those students unable or unwilling to participate digitally.