The primary goal of Educational Technology is to ensure that technology skills students learn are embedded throughout the curriculum. Through Educational Technology, students learn the 4 C's to help them succeed as lifelong learners: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking.
Embedding the learning of specific technology tools in authentic tasks and integrating it in projects and assignments that are part of the curriculum of core subjects such as, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health and World Language. The idea that technology is a “tool” can only be impressed on students when it is taught as a tool to achieve a larger purpose.
In addition to this embedded approach, students in grade 6 meet once a week for two quarters of the year. (6B: Q1, Q2; 6D & 6O: Q3, Q4)
During this course, students complete technology integration projects co-planned with core subject teachers, within the scope of the following big ideas:
Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations (Communication, Collaboration)
Digital Citizenship (Communication, Critical Thinking)
Research and Media Literacy (Communication, Critical Thinking)
Digital Storytelling (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)
Blogging and Podcasting (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)
Web 2.0 Tools: Google Earth, Edmodo, Wikis, Glogs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)