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Computer Technnology

Technology is used as a tool to reinforce, extend, and enrich what students are learning in the classroom. Students work on projects and conduct research on the computer individually, in small groups, and in class groups.

All students receive computer literacy instruction while using age-appropriate software. In the primary grades, the emphasis is on using interactive software to support math, language arts, and social studies projects. Students are also introduced to paint- and word-processing programs. Third, fourth and fifth grade students increasingly use productivity software to publish their writing, conduct research, construct spreadsheets and graphs, and develop multimedia presentations. Internet access enables students to communicate with experts and other students around the world, to participate in and contribute to scientific research projects, and to access educational resources. Beginning in 4th grade, students receive instruction in keyboarding in order to use the computer efficiently as a word processing tool.