Preparing students for the future
The technology program at ECS focuses not only teaching students the basics of technology, but also how to be digital citizens by making informed choices in the use of technology. In this age of easy-access information, students need to learn what to do with the information available to them. This promotes creativity, critical thinking, and analysis skills that will serve the student throughout all subjects.
At the elementary level (k-5th) all students participate in technology classes in the 25-seat computer lab. Kindergarten through second focus on the basics of technology and the foundation of being a digital citizen. Third through fifth grade build on this foundation with multiple cross-curricular projects. As a Google Apps for Education school, all third graders receive a Google account that they will use throughout their time at ECS. Additionally third graders begin developing their keyboarding skills through the use of Typing Pal.
Teachers and students have access to interactive sites such as BrainPop (and BrainPop Jr.), infOhio, Spelling City and Discovery Education. Every teacher has a computer that is connected to either a SmartBoard interactive whiteboard or an interactive projector. There is at least one student computer in each classroom. The elementary library includes eight computers that enable the students to participate in the Accelerated Reader program. There are two carts of Chromebooks for use in grades 3-5.
In the middle school students (grades 6-8) receive one quarter of technology class each year as part of a rotating schedule of enrichment classes. All high school students take Computer I, with Computer II and Computer III available as electives. There is a 20-seat computer lab, 3 laptop carts, and two Chromebook carts. Every teacher has a computer that is connected to either a SmartBoard interactive whiteboard or an interactive projector. There is at least one student computer in each classroom with the three English rooms having 10 computers in each classroom.
A number of applications and Web-based sources are used in high school classes:
- Physics class uses software to support data analysis and a number of websites are used in student research projects.
- Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and other Microsoft products are being used in a variety of classes.
- Google Apps, such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, are being utilized by both teachers and students.
- English curriculum includes the use of the Glenco interactive workbook, web resources, presentations in PowerPoint and video for grades 6 through 12.
- Other applications currently being used in middle school and high school include Sketchup, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver; Robotics, Typing Pal, coding and various web based applications.
- Skills taught are word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, desktop publishing, photo editing, video editing, animation, programming, internet research and curation of data.
Other skills include creating web pages, blogs, screencasting, digital storytelling, and digital safety and citizenship.