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Continuous Learning through Technology Tools

The District has implemented online resources that are accessible in the classroom, at home, at the library, anywhere Internet is available -- for continuous learning.  (Please refer to the District Technology Plan for details.)

We invite you to explore the following resources that are designed to connect students and families with essential technology tools that are being used in the classroom.  

Visit this page again to find out about the new menu of Family Tech Fairs that are coming in 2018-19.

Dr. Sam Sakai-Miller, Director, Technology Integration Services

Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy

Curated Collections

Digital Citizenship

Learning about Digital Citizenship is important with the increase use of technology.  Check out the Family Toolbox for more information about how it is different and/or alike from Citizenship.

School to Home Productivity

Office 365 - No need to purchase Microsoft Office Suite.  Enrolled students of San Lorenzo Unified School District have accounts to online versions of Office being used in the classroom.  Families download Microsoft Office 365 on home computer, laptop, and/or smartphone.  Please note:  Uninstall any previous version(s) of Office before downloading the online version(s). 

Students can go to https://portal.office.com and log in. [Click here for more guidance

Google for Students

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) - Every student in grades 2-12 and every staff member has a GAFE account that gives students and teachers 24/7 access to their files and tools used in the classroom via internet access. (more)

New Online/Video Resources

Digital media is an excellent way to introduce and reinforce concepts for students and increase engagement in the classroom.  As of October 1st the District enabled access to YouTube hosted educational video resources for use in the classroom.  [more]

Aeries Family Portal

San Lorenzo USD uses the Aeries Student Information System (SIS).  Each stakeholder group accesses Aeries with appropriate rights through a specific portal to meet their needs. Students and parent-guardians) can access Aeries data through the website https://parentportal.slzusd.k12.ca.us or by downloading the Aeries app on their SmartPhone.  It is their one-stop-shop for attendance and grades.  In August, parent-guardians should complete data confirmation (online portion of registration) through the Aeries Parent Portal. (more)

San Lorenzo Unified School District's Technology Plan provides details about the goals, objectives, and strategies for educational technology integration.

Technology Tools for Families

Oakland Technology Exchange (OTX) Partnership

Tech Integration at Home
The District has been working diligently to integrate technology into classrooms and curricula using multiple programs, including Measure O, Project LEAN In, professional development, and student accounts in Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and Office 365.  The District is extending its focus on continuous learning by partnering with the non-profit Oakland Technology Exchange (OTX) to bring the same level of access to families.  Edendale was the first school to receive free computers (with monitor, keyboard, and mouse) provided by OTX  for families who are or will be new to the Internet (since January 1, 2014) or need to be reconnected.  Part I of the Tech Fair is open to all families and the focus is on learning about digital citizenship, GAFE, Office 365, and online apps. Families that complete Part I and are new to Internet are invited to attend Part II, where the focus is on access to technology.  Topics in Part II include: how to set up their computer, basic troubleshooting, assistance signing up for Internet access for $10/month through Comcast’s Internet Essentials, and help getting equipment to the car.  Since a completely free option is not available, it is suggested that site PTAs explore the possibility of providing scholarships to families that cannot afford $10/month.  ACOE has offered to provide volunteers to help at the fairs. After successful completion of the Continuous Learning Tech Fairs at Edendale, Boahnnon Middle School was the second in our District to host an event in April.  Both site Fairs combined, 92 families have completed the training workshops and received free desktop computers!