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Technology / Library

Philosophy
Our Computer Media Center provides an environment where computer technology is incorporated into the entire learning experience. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to use computer technology in a safe, ethical and effective way to help achieve their educational goals.

Program Features
Beginning in preschool and kindergarten, students are introduced to technology. Through the use of age appropriate programs, they learn how a computer works and how to use the keyboard and mouse.

Keyboarding is introduced in grade 1, and students practice keyboarding skills through grade 5. Beginning in grade 2, students are also introduced to Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, and Excel through the use of software designed specifically for the early grades. Beginning in grade 3 and continuing until they graduate, students learn how to use a computer network and use Microsoft Office products.

As part of our collaborative program, math teachers work with the Media Center teachers to provide research opportunities for the students. Students use a variety of online and print resources to gather information and cite sources. In addition, students learn the nuances of Internet searching, Internet navigation, and website evaluation. Students learn to compile, organize, and present information using Microsoft Office products. The curriculum also stresses the importance of ethics when using information sources.

We recognize the fact that the Internet, while providing numerous learning opportunities to our students, also poses many dangers. Therefore, Internet safety, both in school and at home, is emphasized throughout the computer curriculum.

Library
Our Library Media Center provides literary and research resources, as well as information literacy skills to students and faculty. The library follows the philosophy outlined in Information Power published by the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Information Power seeks to “build a community of independent, information-literate, lifelong learners”.

Preschool students begin their journey as lifelong learners with weekly visits to the library, where they participate in story time. Kindergarten students choose books during their weekly visit and also enjoy story time.

Grades 1 through 5 have weekly scheduled library classes. Their lessons consist of mastering the electronic card catalog, understanding the Dewey Decimal System and the use of reference materials, exploring genres, and participating in Caldecott and Newberry Award projects and in-depth author studies. Read aloud story lessons are also provided in grade 1. The Library/computer schedule allows additional time for the collaborative research projects with students and teachers in grades 2 through 5. This year, collaborative projects will focus on mathematics.

Grades 6 through 8 visit the library on a flexible schedule that meets the research and/or literary needs in selected subject areas. This year, math teachers will collaborate with Mr. Sutton and Mrs. Lawrence to provide research opportunities for the students. Students use a variety of print and online resources to gather information and cite sources. In addition, students learn the nuances of internet searching. Internet navigation and website evaluation are covered. The curriculum also stresses the importance of ethics when using information sources. Student research for the collaboratives is conducted in the library and in the computer lab.

Students are kept informed of new books through book talks, new book displays, and reader's advisory service. The library is open throughout the school day and extra help hours are available after school on Monday and Wednesday.