21st century education requires
competency in using technological
tools to support the learning
process. However, technological
tools are thoughtfully used to
assist the learning process, not
become the process.
Starting in second grade, students practice typing and word processing with tools such as Google Docs. The Scratch program is used to gain a beginning understanding of computer coding. Matific program is used for differentiated math homework for second through fourth grades. In second and third grades, students become proficient in typing and using their Chromebooks. In fourth grade, technology is more integrated into the students’ learning experiences.
For example, students use Google Drive for writing and editing their own writing as well as collaborating with their peers in multiple subject areas. They learn to use voice-to-text typing and audio recording software to record radio advertisements or interviews for research projects. Some students use Chrome extensions to produce stop-motion animation clips
Internet safety is a prime component of whole group lessons. Through the Common Sense Media program, students learn about the impact of leaving a digital footprint online. Only after discussing and learning about internet safety do students use laptops to explore their chosen research projects. Computer programming is integrated into various courses, creating cross-curricular projects. First graders learn about direction and measurement by programming robots through mazes. Second graders program their own interactive name poems. Third graders use Scratch to demonstrate their knowledge of the rock cycle. Fourth graders create an interactive math game that uses random number generators.