Elementary Technology Curriculum
Elementary students in grades 1-5 receive developmentally appropriate instruction in basic computer skills through the use of educational and online software as well as computer based Mac applications. All instruction spirals through the grade levels.
The curriculum of the computer instruction is flexible enough to allow technological enrichment of and integration with classroom projects and studies. In the computer lab, students are introduced to innovative, up-to-date interactive websites that coordinate with classroom instruction. A coordinated effort is made between the technology instructor and the classroom teachers to facilitate integration of curricular concepts. Students explore geography, math, science, language arts, technology and the world around them through interactive programs and online resources.
Additionally, students learn to use software for multi-media presentations, visual mapping, brainstorming, and organizing. Software for multi-media presentations includes Apple software such as iMovie and Keynote and online software such as Prezi. Word processing skills using Pages and Word for Mac are an ongoing focus of instruction for all grade levels.
Students are introduced to keyboarding and encouraged to continue this practice at home using online software like BBC’s Dance Mat Typing.
Students in grades 3-5 are introduced to computer programming software, from learning to write simple code in ACSLogo to the drag and drop software of Alice and Scratch.
Digital citizenship, the appropriate and responsible use of technology, and online safety is taught throughout the day by all adults interacting with students using our various forms of technology.
Students are respected and accepted at what ever level of technological knowledge/ability they have. Instruction allows students to begin at their personal level and progress as they are able.