the "Mouse House," Eastside Elementary's computer lab! Here we have 27 computers
for student use and 3 computers for teacher use. Each week the students visit
the lab twice.
to the lab is with the computer lab teacher, where technology is the
instructional focus. The students learn many skills here in the lab, such as
operating a computer, keyboarding, word processing, using the internet, and even
visit is with their regular classroom teacher, where the instructional focus is
on academics. The students use a variety of educational software to improve
their skills in reading, math, science, language, etc. For example, they may
work on their multiplication skills in Math Blaster, learn how to tell time in
The Playroom, or experience the real life adventure of crossing nineteenth
century North America in a covered wagon with Oregon Trail.
can even write and illustrate their own stories using Kid Works 2.
The teachers find their classroom computers very valuable, as well. Each teacher
has 2 to 3 computers in their rooms. Many like to use the internet to do
scavenger hunts or for researching information or finding pictures of something
they may be studying. Completing portfolios is made easier with the use of a
word processing program.
Eastside's students love to visit the "Mouse House." It is a wonderfully,
educational opportunity for all our students to experience!
Technology is used at Northside
Elementary School in a variety of ways. In classrooms, from K through grade 5,
technology is used to reach all levels of learners. In Kindergarten, Mrs. Sale
uses her computer to integrate reading into her curriculum using a program
called WiggleWorks. In first grade, Mrs. Dailey and Mrs. Broering use their
computers, their overhead projectors, and their Avermedia (linking their TV to
their computer) to integrate technology into their classrooms. Mrs. Dailey
creates PowerPoint presentations with her class to reinforce skills that she has
One of our third grade classes,
Mrs. Stephens' class, is involved in the Palm Tree Project. Her class uses
handheld PDA's to complete some of their homework assignments. They are very
excited about being the only class in the district working in this pilot
project. All of our third grade classes use the computer to track student
reading with the Accelerated Reader program. Students read books from a selected
reading list, then take a comprehension test over the book on their classroom
Our fourth grade students rely
heavily on technology in the publishing of their completed portfolio pieces and
in research that they do to complete classroom assignments. They also use their
computers to take Accelerated Reading tests. Using the link between their
computers and their TV's makes learning more interesting for their students.
Technology has changed the way
our school library operates. No longer do students search through the card
catalog for the books they want to check out. Instead, they use a computer to
locate the book they want to check out. Students can find out by using the
computer whether the book is checked out to someone or can be found on the
library shelf. The librarians job is also made easier by using the computer.
Books are tagged with bar codes (similar to UPC's) that identify individual
books. As a student checks out a book, the bar code is scanned and information
is recorded on the computer. This allows the librarian to compile accurate
records of the materials in the library and to keep accurate circulation reports
of material use.
Keeping attendance and school
records has also reached a new height. All of the student records are kept on
computers in the office. Tracking attendance is now much easier than in days
gone by. One push of a button and attendance information can be readily accessed
for any particular student or for a group of students.
Computers are also used in tracking our school lunch procedures. Each student is
issued an ID number that tracks their lunch payment. This allows the lunchroom
manager to keep more accurate records.
In the computer lab, we have 30
student computers and two computers for teacher use. Each classroom has one
computer for teacher use and most classrooms have at least one or two computers
that students may use. All teacher computers and lab computers are networked to
our school server. Teachers have email accounts through the school system. This
allows parents and teachers to communicate during the school day, if necessary.
Older students also have student email accounts. K-3 have classroom email
Southside Elementary has always
placed a high priority on technology for student and staff use in both the
classroom and the computer lab. Southside strongly supports the use of
instructional technology and feels the ability to use technology will be key to
our children's success in the future.
We are proud to have a minimum of
two networked computers in each classroom affording our students access to the
World Wide Web and online educational resources from their classrooms. In
addition, we have two computer labs, one consisting of
29 networked iMacs and the other, a smaller Wiggles Works lab for K/1
The Site-Based Decision Making
council and the staff voted to invest reward monies in technology. Laptop iBooks
and presenters were purchased for each grade level to be made available for
check-out. Also available for check-out are additional lap-tops for support
staff, digital cameras, and a Class Performance System.
Students in all grade levels
receive 40 minutes of technology instruction in the computer lab each week.
Units of study include computer basics, keyboarding, word processing, graphics
and multimedia, spreadsheets, internet and e-mail usage and safety. The students
are introduced to and become proficient in many different programs, such as
KidPix, AppleWorks, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel).
Technology is incorporated in all
content areas, and students often submit projects in the form of a slide show to
demonstrate proficiency in a given concept.
Southside Elementary School has a
state-recognized STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program), consisting of
twenty-five 4th and 5th grades. Students meet after school to work on projects,
learn troubleshooting tips, and gain a more in-depth understanding of how
technology can positively affect our lives and how we can use technology to help
others. (Meeting dates are located on our web-site.) The STLP students have been
busy creating newsletters to assist teachers in using web resources, making
signs and banners for various activities throughout the school, taking digital
pictures to document Southside's activities, and creating a disk library of
PowerPoint presentations for teachers to check out and use in their classrooms.
Westside Elementary School has
one computer lab which contains 30 iMac computers. Kindergarten through fifth
grade students are taught computer skills. Among these skills are basic word
processing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations (using PowerPoint), and
internet research. The lab is also available to teachers to bring their students
in to take Reading Counts quizzes, or complete other class projects.
Each teacher has an iMac computer
which is connected to a projector, as well as a document camera. This enables
them to use their computer during instruction, visiting websites, or using other
programs which fit within school curriculum. The students are able to see
everything the teacher does on on a large screen and can also interact during
Last year teachers received a
Macbook laptop computer for student use in the classroom. This has been a
welcome addition as it gives students the opportunity throughout the day to
learn and explore the world of technology!