Learning Activities in the Computer Lab:
1. Guided Reading/Computer Lab Time:
Each grade level is assigned a lab time during guided reading. Students from each grade level will come to the lab and work at the computers under the supervision of the tech person. They will do reading and/or math activities, Coding, or Type to Learn (3rd and 4th grade.) On some occasions, they will work on special projects.
Since computer time is scheduled during guided reading, the classroom teacher works with the remaining students in the class room with reading activities. The nature of the work directed by the classroom teacher is personalized, small group instruction, which is specifically tailored to the needs of each student.
Half way through the session, the groups switch so that each group has an opportunity to receive direct small group instruction from the teacher, and also to participate in computer activities. Access to the lab is scheduled so that every class has an equal opportunity to access the technology available in the lab. Teachers are encouraged to use the lab during reading and math times to enhance the number of differentiated instruction options they can provide for their students. There are also times available for sign-up so that use of the lab is integrated fully as part of classroom goals.
2. Type to Learn:
In third grade, we begin working with a program called Type to Learn and continue with it in fourth grade. The students are guided through proper technique for typing and will work through levels with increased difficulty as they go.
3. Coding in the Computer Lab:
Grades 1-4 come to the computer lab once a month for a lesson in Coding. The website Code.org is used and the students are guided through problem solving activities based on their grade level.
4. Spanish in the Computer Lab:
Grades 1 and 2 will come to the computer lab once a month for a 30 minute Spanish lesson set up for them by the Spanish teacher and assisted by the technology teacher.About our Technology:
The student computers in the lab consist of thirty flat screen iMacs with 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processors, 8 GB of memory and running macOS Mojave. Also available to teachers are five laptop carts, each with 20-30 MacBook Airs located throughout the building.
There is a Spanish iPad Mini cart equipped with 25 iPads which is used for Spanish instruction with the Spanish teacher. Additionally there is an iPad cart equipped with 25 iPads for use in the classroom, and every classroom has 15 iPads for daily use.
Applications that students use in the lab and in the classroom are Type to Learn 4, Raz Kids, Kidspiration 3, Kid Pix Deluxe 4, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint.)