What are my responsibilities as a technology user?
At Varnum Brook, all students have access to technology. Students attend computer class weekly and have access to technology in their classroom and library.
With adult supervision, all students are able to access to computers and the Internet. New technologies are changing the ways that information may be accessed, communicated, and transferred. These technological shifts also offer the opportunity to enhance instruction and student learning.
Technology use begins in kindergarten. Kindergarten is a great place to start teaching the children about the benefits that computer use and the Internet have to offer as they begin their learning journey. The Internet is filled with valuable information that will assist children as they discover new concepts and reinforce those previously learned.
Throughout the year, all children will continually learn how to use the Internet as an educational tool. In the fall, the focus will be Internet safety and how they can responsibly use the Internet to access quality information.
Teachers will actively supervise student's use of the computer, peripherals and/or Internet access. Students will access Internet resources, which the teacher has previously explored and selected. Teachers will make every effort to ensure that students are directed to sites with only age-and topic-appropriate material and resources.
The use of computers and other technology tools is a privilege that comes with special responsibilities. Through direct instruction, online activities and discussion, your child will learn to be a responsible user of technology. All students are require to have an AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) on file.
How can understanding technology make me a better student?
Helping your child answer this question is why I am here. My goal is to have your child become a better learner. Technology is a tool, just as a pencil, paper, and textbooks are. I teach your child how to use this tool to improve their learning experience, to become a better student.
As an Educational Technology Specialist, my curriculum is driven by the Massachusetts State Frameworks. In other words, there are certain standards that the state sets in the area of technology literacy.
For the K-4 grade level the technology standards are broken down into three strands:
- Ethics and Safety
- Research, Problem Solving, and Communication
- Use of Computers and Applications
Each of these strands is further broken down into topics and grade levels. For example: The strand, Use of Computers and Applications, has four topics in second grade:
- Basic Operations
- Database and Spreadsheet
- Internet and Multimedia
- Word Processing and Desktop Publishing