Parents, Students, and Teachers,
I'm so glad you stopped by my site! You will find many awesome projects that our Franklin School students have created during the school year here, as well as informing you on what we have been learning in technology.
Technology is taught to all students in grades K- 4. All grades learn lessons in keyboarding, Internet safety, holidays, Web 2.0 tools, and creating documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, and digital storytelling. Students also reinforce their curriculum studies by using the many computer learning programs available in the lab.
Primary grade students learn many of the tools found in our KidPix program, creating wonderful and imaginative pictures and adding stories to them. Our students also research animals, butterfly life cycles, Community Helpers, Extreme Weather as well as learning basic Computer and Internet practices. The students work with the Kidspiration program, learning organization skills and critical thinking. Many websites are used in class, reinforcing the grade level curriculum. Students also learn the parts of the computer and keyboarding skills to start their journey for the upper grades.
Our upper grade students use many Web 2.0 tools, such as: online posters, digital story projects from a language art writing lesson, and other 21st Century tools as Google Earth, Wordle, Vokis, Glogster, and Blabberize . Grades 3 & 4 are also learning many Google apps and Microsoft product techniques so they can become smart 21st Century learners. Research tasks are completed in grades 1 through 4.
iPads and Chromebooks are used with all students as learning tools throughout the year in the lab. Students have access to the Franklin School iPad and Chromebook carts, which are loaded with core curriculum content standard apps and Google apps for them to learn and enjoy.
The students also learn research techniques, using student-appropriate online databases and search engines. Their grade-level curriculum is integrated into the technology lab, where they create many projects throughout the school year.
All students will be practicing keyboarding techniques, building their skills while having fun using practice websites. This has really improved their typing skills when they write stories and essays.
Another curriculum standard in technology is Internet Safety. Students from grades kindergarten through 4 learn how to be safe digital citizens and know the techniques and strategies which can be used to keep them safe and responsible digital citizens.
As the year goes forward, please drop by my website often to catch up on technology at Franklin School as well as view the projects students have done throughout the year.
Hope you enjoy!