Office of Instructional Technology
Elementary Technology Standards
"We know that properly used, technology is a powerful tool for learning. We know that new technologies are essential to the success of the current effort to create better schools. We know that teachers must be given the time and the training they need to take advantage of these new tools for teaching and learning. And, most important, we know that technology is not a cost but an investment." --Dr. Linda Roberts, U.S. Department of Education
The mission of our Instructional Technology program is to create an educational environment in every school that is strengthened and supported by information and communications technology. The goal of the elementary technology program is to develop student technology skills and integrate computers into the K-5 instructional process. An important component of our program is to teach students how to collaborate with peers and use technology in a responsible way to locate, evaluate and present information using multimedia resources and Internet web sites.
This document establishes our guidelines for computer instruction at the elementary level taking into account the changes that have occurred in technology. We are also adopting the technology standards that were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education so that our own program is consistent with, and externally validated by, a nationally recognized educational technology organization.
Our technology standards are delivered to students through regularly scheduled computer instruction in fully-equipped and networked CICs as well as in classrooms. All third, fourth, and fifth grade students receive lessons in CICs on a weekly basis, while all Kindergarten through third grade students are scheduled for modules during the year. Classroom teachers use their own classroom computers and iPads on a daily basis, collaborate with technology teachers to integrate computer activities into the curriculum and also have an additional opportunity to sign up to use the CIC when available.
Our Elementary Technology Standards not only guide our instructional practices but also drive our technology professional development program. We recognize that a computer literate classroom teacher with successful strategies to integrate technology into the curriculum is an essential component of a successful program and a school of excellence. Towards that end, a comprehensive Technology Academy is available to teachers during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Additional computer courses, workshops and tutorials are offered before and after school and on weekends are sponsored by our Inservice Institute and Teacher Center.