We have seen the difference that technology makes for our students. The SmartBoards and appropriate Internet sites provide multisensory experiences in every subject area. Students’ written expression improves with the use of word processing and organizational software as well as access to spell check and other tools. We use a variety of programs to provide guided practice as well as to enhance creativity and higher-level thinking.
A well-equipped computer lab, as well as several computers in all classrooms, supports the academic process. Laptops permit even greater access throughout the building. Computer skills such as keyboarding and word processing are taught to allow students to communicate more effectively. The integrated computer instruction which occurs on a regular basis enhances the curriculum and aids in developing necessary technology skills.
Learning to use the computer and Internet resources for research is taught at all levels in age-appropriate ways. Younger students learn how to do basic research on sites chosen by the teachers. Older students research topics for formal written presentations, such as the Five-Paragraph Essay, or orally via PowerPoint or other presentation formats.
Appropriate use of technology is a key component at all levels. Security and screening software, as well as teacher training and specific lessons for students, help all of us use these tools safely and productively.