Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Elementary School Technology

With a new technology initiative, the Woodbury elementary schools will be offering technology experiences to our students beginning in kindergarten. All three of our elementary schools will be using new wireless mobile computer labs equipped with laptops for student use in grades K-5 during the 2006-07 school year.

Students will learn to use technology tools as they study their regular academic work right in the classroom. Our technology teachers will team teach with the regular classroom teachers. This will involve advance lesson planning between the classroom teachers and the technology teacher. Their shared goal will be to utilize software or internet websites that authentically complement classroom instruction.

These mobile laptop labs will be cycling through all kindergarten through grade 5 classrooms throughout the school year. A team comprised of our two technology teachers -- Susan Sarlo (West End) and Sue Dougherty (Evergreen and Walnut), our computer consultant -- Monica Shields, and our Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction -- Alysa Cummings have all worked to develop the new program and accompanying curriculum.

We are excited to be able to get the technology into lower elementary students' hands and effectively integrate technology as a tool in the regular classroom. Stay tuned for exciting updates!

If you have any questions or ideas to share, feel free to contact any of the above individuals. Ms. Cummings can be a point person to field general comments at acummings@woodburysch.com or 856-853-0123 EXT 218.

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