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Do your schools have a separate class for teaching technology to students in grades PK4 - 5? Our teachers currently integrate technology in the classroom very well, but we are considering this model for next year. If this is a class you offer, how is it structured and do you have set benchmarks?

Jun 4, 2014 8:24am

Do your schools teach a separate technology class for elementary students (PK4-5)?

  • Technology
  • Pre K-5


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    • Jun 8, 2014 10:49am

      Our school used to have a separate computer lab. With our integration of Project Based Learning, we have found that it's much more effective to bring the computers (and other devices) to the classrooms so the students can use them as their need arises. Our district uses technology standards for each grade levels rather than benchmarks.

      • Jun 10, 2014 6:30am

        Jean, thank you for answering my question. May I also ask if your standards/benchmarks include teaching traditional keyboarding to students in lower school? We currently teach this skill beginning in third grade, but I am curious to see if this is skill is still being taught or if it's been deemed obsolete. I've heard arguments in both directions.

        • Jun 10, 2014 6:38am

          Linda, thank you for answering as well. I would love to see us move toward this model and it's nice to see that it's working for your school. We are a small independent school and we are gradually making the change to Project Based Learning. If I may, I'd like to ask you the same follow up question that I asked Jean... and that is... do your school technology standards also include traditional keyboarding for students in lower school? May I also ask, do you have an appointed technology teacher or coordinator to assist in the classroom? Thank you!

          • Jun 10, 2014 9:04pm

            We have a one-to-one program in our school. K-2 have iPads and 3-8 all have their own Macs they take home every day.
            Technology is used throughout the day and integrated into all our curriculum. In third grade we use The Writer to teach keyboarding and love it.

            • Dec 6, 2014 10:21am

              I teach PK4 and we receive 5 laptops daily. Also I would like to see CCS toopics on my teaching level PK4