Technology

Overview:

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)

Five of the grades (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th) began a coding curriculum within the code.org site. These were introduced during their 2nd grade year or their 7th grade year and the links are still active.  The links are:

3rd: https://studio.code.org/sections/PLVDSN

4th: https://studio.code.org/sections/NRJGZL

5th: https://studio.code.org/sections/FRMTRY

6th: https://studio.code.org/sections/QRSKBX

 

 School Year 2019-2020:  

September (all grades):

  • Explain use of new mobile cart and the laptops
  • Reminder on signing in to devices.
  • 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
  • Grade 6 (1st Trimester): reminder on use of devices and signing on, File organization, Type to Learn, Scratch programming 
 
The topics covered each month for the 2018-2019 school year can be found here:
Type to Learn is now accessible online at home without installing it on your home computer.  For more information, please reference these links:
Hour of Code
All students will be participating in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education week.  They will have the opportunity to learn about programming and try various applications to practice.