In our computer lab, the students in 1st through 5th grade have computer class once a week with our Technology Teacher. The Middle School students have computer class once a week for one trimester. The Kindergarten students start in January and meet once a week. The lab is open to all teachers when computer classes are not taking place.
In our Middle School area, we have 3 mobile labs with 45 laptop computers (30 of which are the latest technology 2 in 1 style with touchscreen), 24 Chromebooks, and 30 iPads. The 5th grade classrooms share the MS iPads. There are 80 iPads spread throughout the K-4 classrooms (8 in each classroom), as well as 10 iPads for Skills/Enrichment.
Our switches are linked with 10 GB fiber, utilizing the Aruba network WiFi system.
Students work with Microsoft Office tools. Our 5th - 8th graders are using Google docs and Google classroom.
The following 2 programs are also used throughout the year:
• Type to Learn (keyboarding software)
• Read Naturally (a reading fundamental program)
Four of the grades (3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th) began a coding curriculum in past years within the code.org site. The links are:
7th: (course 3): https://studio.code.org/sections/CMMMKG
School Year 2017-2018:
September (all grades):
- Reminder of computer lab rules and signing on to the computers
- File organization - Students create a new folder within their own folder and moving files from last year into the new folder.
- Type to Learn - Students are reminded how to log on to Type to Learn and practice their typing skills. We focus on keyboarding skills for a few weeks at the beginning of the year and come back to practice these skills throughout the year. This is an application students can work on at home. Information to access Type to Learn at home can be found on the right-hand side of this page.
- MAP Testing for grades 3-8
- Coding for grade 7
- Type to Learn
- MS Word for grades 1-5 - Students are given assignments to help remind them of the features in Word as well as practice in following directions.
- Coding for grade 7
- Grades 1-2: Word to reinforce skills learned and create seasonal projects; Type to Learn.
- Grade 3: Word projects to learn how to type paragraphs. This also reinforces typing skills.
- Grade 4: MS PowerPoint projects - seasonal for a reminder lesson and a Character Traits presentation to practice skills to create the presentation and present it to their class.
- Grade 5: Internet Safety, Research about about explorers
- Grade 7: Coding and TTL
- We begin December celebrating Computer Science Education Week with Hour of Code. Each class K-8 spends one hour during the week learning about coding. (See logo on the right of this page.)