We approach technology education in the same we that we approach reading instruction, beginning with small and explicit lessons on basic use, to the development of a more meaningful consideration and application of the skill, ending in a release to using technology as a cross-curricular tool.
- We teach explicit technology lessons so that students learn everything from basic vocabulary for navigation, to the meaning of symbols on their screen, to the correct home row keyboarding hand placement, and more!
- We introduce the Office365 programs, such as OneDrive, PowerPoint, Word, and Sway into projects beginning in 2nd grade so that students may begin to apply the explicit technology skills they have gained cross-curricularly.
- We teach explicit lessons, in coordination with our school counselor, on digital citizenship and online safety. We push students to consider what it means to be a Catholic when using technology. We also ask students to reflect on their personal balance of screen time with other areas of life to develop thoughtfulness and mindfulness.
- We introduce educational programs, such as OneNote and online textbooks, and allow increased opportunities for authentic device use for research, communication, collaboration, and organization.
- We incorporate game-based programs so that students can engage with material in motivating and memorable ways. We use communication platforms to give every student a voice in the classroom.
- We provide opportunities for students to struggle, problem solve, and reach solutions through coding and robotics centers, lessons, units, and elective courses.