The computer program began in 1998. Custom built PCs were selected and installed into the new computer lab, in addition to printers and a file server. Our network has had Internet access from the beginning.
Over the years our computers and server have been updated. All of our classrooms have SmartBoard interactive white boards in which our teachers use daily to provide interactivity in their lessons. The junior high school students in grades 7-8 use full size laptops, grades 4-6 use HP Stream Compact Laptops, grade 3 uses iPads tablets and grades 1-2 use Kindle Kid Versions.
Students in grades 1-2 receive Kindle lessons once a week. Grade 3 have iPad lessons in their classroom once a week. While grades 4-6 have Computer Class in their classrooms on their HP Stream Compact Laptops twice a week. Each class is 45 minutes in length.
In grades 1-2, students will have instructions on various aspects of the Kindle. In grade 3, the students will have lessons on the iPad, including Pages, Numbers, and Notes. Students are introduced to Microsoft Office beginning in grade 4 by using Microsoft Word to create a variety of documents while learning about the keyboard. They will also to do simple research on the Internet, with websites selected by the teacher. The students will begin learning Microsoft Excel by inserting data and creating simple graphs. The use of these two applications expands into grades 5 and 6 and they begin learning about PowerPoint and presents slide shows to their class. They also continue to use Word and Excel and use the Internet for research.
As technology and the Internet are always changing, the technology curriculum is updated and changed yearly as new content becomes available.