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Technology

State of the art technology is available for all children in all classrooms, under the direction of a staff trained in best practices for instructional technology. In addition, fifth grade students will be the first to roll out a 2:1 iPad project. Fourth graders have one laptop computer for every 2 students. Second and third grade students have a ratio of no more than 3 students to one computer. Primary classes have desktop computers in their classes for use in center rotations.

Technology Lab

All Kindergarten through 3rd grade students visit the technology lab as part of the arts rotation. The lab is manned by Ms. Carol, Rowlett's Instructional Technology Instructor. Lessons are linked to both Florida's Academic Standards and the ISTE Standards. The skills learned in the lab prepare students to use technology in their classrooms to complete projects and classwork. Concepts such as keyboarding, word processing, graphics and mind mapping are introduced in Kindergarten and built upon in subsequent years. By second grade, students are using mapping software and word processing to document their learning as they search the Internet. Both second and third grade students complete and share projects to show evidence of their learning. Students are coached in safe search techniques and proper use of copyright. Students create graphics, use more advanced word processing skills, apply audio and video techniques, and can game within content areas.

Technology Focus

Fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to choose technology Focus classes where they learn to integrate the tools and applications available. Each student has access to a laptop computer, and cameras, scanners, and iPads are available for use. Learning the tools and applications leads to student project choice where they can showcase their talents. Such projects may include digital storytelling, digital photography, animation, podcasting, technology reviews, graphics and more. These classes, taught by Ms. McAfee, Rowlett’s Instructional Technology Specialist, meet three days per week and allow students to grow as technologists and become mentors to others.

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