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Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology

OVERVIEW OF THE LAU INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Utilizing the lab and classroom technology resources, teachers creatively use Lau instructional technology to develop literacy and fluency. Below is a brief description of how technology supports learning and teaching at Lau.

ACCESS

Using technology to support learning is year round for our Lau students. Our students can access their student accounts 24/7 via the web, or on site in the lab or classroom. Lau utilizes a fully equipped computer lab where all students from grades k through 5 develop core academic skills using technology. Each class attends the lab at least one session a week. Grades 2 through 5 learn and practice keyboard literacy / typing skills for at least 15 minutes at the start of each lab session. Students continue utilizing the technology in the classroom.

FOCUS

The instructional technology focus aims to develop, reinforce, improve, and to enrich learning and research skills in core academic subjects while simultaneously developing comprehension and literacy in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Lexia Reading is one example of a software students use and access to develop reading. Everydaymathonline.com support and encourage student math skills in an engaging way. Google Apps Education Edition and PBworks allow students to easily collaborate, constructively comment on the writings of their classmates, and to complete digital learning projects.


Lesson Summary Examples
- Students learn Internet Ethics -- no bulllying, no spam, doing respectful and safe computing.
- Students write using PBworks and comment constructively on the writings of their classmates.
- Students collect research findings in Google Apps, write a short research paper using appropriately formatted citations.
- Students use Destiny Quest to research topics for assigned and recreational reading and reports.
- Students use Google Maps to preview and tour various locations such as the Cinatown neighborhood or a field trip location.
- Students create topic websites and slideshows using Google Apps for group reports and presentations.
 

Collaboration of Classroom Teacher with Technology Resourc

- weekly scheduled collaboration lesson planning during computer lab sessions
- email
- using Google Apps online shared lesson plans
- professional staff development workshops on technology use and integration
- planning during faculty meetings
- shared access to student scores in Data Director

Teachers also actively monitor students to complete assignments using the following tools.

Lexia Reading software (grades k to 5) <-- Students can also do the program from home.

- Develops language / reading literacy -- phonics and comprehension skills.
- Tracks and assigns students to appropriate reading activities.
- Provides reports to teachers for data driven instruction.
- Teachers can manually assign appropriate reading activities.
- Directions for using Lexia Reading is given in Spanish per student need / teacher request. Otherwise, instructions given in English.
- Specific progress reports for classes and students available.
- Students are moved to next level based on success criteria.
- Teachers are alerted to intervene if software detects student need.
- Students use Lexia Reading this on a computer at home

Educationcity.com (grades k to 5) <-- Students can also do the program from home.

- develops math, reading, and science
- student activity reports available

Google Apps Education Edition and PBworks <-- Students can also do the program from home.

- develops student written literacy
- students research topics using search engines like ask.com and google.com for reports
- students read, collaborate, and comment on each other's writings
- 4th and 5th grades (7m, 13m, 12m) have done research reports using Google Apps and PBworks
- students use this to generate slide show reports and to make oral presentations
 

Everyday Math Online <-- Students can also do the program from home too

- develops math skills.
- Aligned with district adopted math program, Everyday Math.
- provides online math games that challenge students to apply math concepts in daily life situations

Type to Learn in Lab and Online Typing Programs

- Students do 10 minutes of typing practice at the beginning of each lab session.
- Students are encouraged to practice typing at home.