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.
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.