Technology

Holy Trinity School is equipped with 2 computer labs, and all Sixth, Seventh and Eighth graders are provided with individual Chromebook computers. (Here is our Acceptable Use Policy for Chromebooks.) There are also iPads available for all students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

The Holy Trinity School Technology Curriculum is informed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). ISTE divides technology skills into six areas:

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Samples of Student work in Technology

Pre-Kindergarten

Computer Technology Skills
iPad:

  • basic maneuvering and use of Applications
  • pre-k folder (arrival time station with parents): starfall
  • razkids (leveled books)
  • listeing to books
  • handwriting
  • math

Computer:

  • mouse skills/basic typing
Technology Skills for ResearchFinding information in books.

Kindergarten

Computer Technology Skills
iPads:

  • Letter Hunt on Screenchomp (assessment on Letter association)
  • recording for math problems
  • ibook  on book creator
  • project with study buddies to summarize a book they read together
Technology Skills for ResearchUsing Apps such as National Geographic to look at information.

1st Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • iPads:
    • ELA: razkids on own (parents have access)
    • pic-collage (type in words, so searching, keyboard orientation, fine motor, changing picture sizes)
  • Smartboard: kids take turns (brianpop, editing work, interactive math games)
  • Scantron test in May for practice
  • Science: weather app
  • Internet safety
  • Technology Vocabulary (e.g. monitor, CPU, mouse, keyboard)
  • Further use of Bee-bots
Technology Skills for ResearchUsing Apps such as National Geographic to look at information.

2nd Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • iPads
  • interactive activities Curriculum tie in and enhancement with tech
  • username and login
  • LA: spelling
  • razkids (gives reading level and suggested readers)
  • Math activities to enhance fact knowledge
  • Finding homework on website
  • Internet safety: privacy and appropriate use
  • Technology vocabulary
  • Reading passages and answering questions: test taking skills and practice
  • Further use of Bee-bots
Technology Skills for ResearchSmall (one source) research projects.  Most used sites include:

  • nationalgeographickids.com
  • grolier.com
  • worldbookonline.com
  • brittanicaschool.com

3rd Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • Learn about and begin to use school email account
  • Keyboarding using Typing Club softward
  • Continued use of iPad Apps (e.g. Explain Everything to create tutorials on different topics)
  • Technology Vocabulary
Technology Skills for Research1st semester: research from books2nd semester:

  • Use online encyclopedia for research  (each has different levels based on age/reading skills: World Book, Grolier, Brittanica). Citations can be copied and pasted.
  • Locate, independently, resources to meet a specific need:
    • Formulate questions based on need
    • Identify a variety of potential sources of information (e.g. Grolier Online, Kids InfoBits)
    • Understand the intellectual concepts of a database and database subscription service
    • Apply strategies for effective access to non-print resources, i.e. search strategies such as keyword search and subject area search)
  • Understand and discuss the concept of plagiarism

4th Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • Internet Safety and Good Behavior
  • Understand importance and implications of school’s Acceptable Use Policy
  • Demonstrate use of basic Internet safety rules
  • Identify and define technology terms
  • Keyboarding – Typing Club
  • Understand basic commands in order to use software effectively, e.g. “Go to Programs…”
  • Perform simple computation using the calculator
  • Define and understand use of files and folders on Google Drive
  • Use Learning Management System (currently WordPress) as appropriate
  • Use school email account independently
  • Use Presentation Software (e.g. Google Slides and Power Point)
  • iPads for creating tutorials and presentations
  • Use Scratch to learn computer programming
Technology Skills for Research

  •  Locate, independently, resources to meet a specific need:
    • Formulate questions based on need.
    • Identify a variety of potential sources of information (e.g. Grolier Online, Kids InfoBits)
    • Understand the intellectual concepts of a database and database subscription service
    • Apply strategies for effective access to non-print resources (i.e. search strategies such as keyword search and subject area search)
  • Understand and Discuss the concept of plagiarism:
    • Bibliographic citations (including navigation and use of bibliographic websites)
    • Apply appropriate note-taking processes to gather information
    • Identify key concepts
    • Demonstrate use of own words to paraphrase/summarize
    • Demonstrate use of quotations, block quotes

5th Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • Use iPads for various activities including musical instrument applications, research, and creating storybooks
  • Identify terms and basic understanding of the internet and how it functions
  • Computer Use:
    • Present information in a simple multimedia presentation (e.g. Google Slides, Prezi).
    • Import graphics
    • Demonstrate ability to use effectively graphic organizer software (e.g. Kidspiration)
    • Understand and demonstrate ability to send and receive information most efficiently
    • Understand and effectively use basic functions of spreadsheet software
  • Introduction into the basics of computer programming and coding
Technology Skills for Research

  • Extend understanding of plagiarism and refine ethical issues:
    • Demonstrate “Common knowledge”
    • Explain “Copyright”, especially with images and sound
    • Define the consequences of violating these rules
  • Extend understanding of online research strategies:
    • Use “Boolean search”
    • Identify search strategies using a variety of search engines
    • Introduce concept and uses databases
    • Identify basic criteria for Internet source evaluation and reliability

6th Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • Refine understanding and effectively use of spreadsheet software
  • Refine understanding and effective use of presentation software (e.g. digitize and save sound to incorporate)
  • Refine understanding and effective use of word processing software
  • Understand, identify and utilize specific technology that is best for specific presentations
  • Computer programming and coding: simple animated video and game creation
Technology Skills for Research

  • Extend understanding of criteria/strategies for Internet source evaluation and reliability
  • Extend understanding of various online research strategies using subscription databases
  • Expand ability to navigate online bibliographic website
  • Extend understanding of plagiarism and refine ethical issues

7th Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • Integrate word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software into an effective presentation
  • Appropriate and effective use of online information sharing
  • Gain basic understanding of installation and use of computer & video equipment
  • Understand complex issues regarding ethical use of the Internet and technology
  • Use of iPad and Mac technology to generate iMovies of play scenes and stop motion films
  • Coding and programming: learning HTML and CSS languages and simple website creation
Technology Skills for Research

  • Apply strategies for online resources:
    • Match search strategies to resources
    • Evaluate specific resources to specific research needs
    • Extend understanding and application of online research strategies with subscription databases
  • Use “Advanced searching”
  • Use “Journal search”
  • Expand understanding of plagiarism, copyright and fair use by critically analyzing contemporary issues and cases and their consequences
  • Use of Chromebook technology to increase collaborative work within the classroom using website guided research expert groups

8th Grade

Computer Technology Skills

  • Noodle Tools: allows copying and pasting of citations
  • Use of iPad and Mac technology to generate iMovies of play scenes and stop motion films
  • Coding and programming: learning HTML and CSS languages and website creation
  • Discuss and demonstrate safe and ethical use of technology and the Internet
  • Demonstrate independent use of technology as a tool for acquiring, analyzing,  communicating, and organizing information on a daily basis
  • Demonstrate integration of learned software and technology at a complex level
Technology Skills for Research

  • Discuss and demonstrate ability to identify research topics and appropriate sources
  • Show effective use of a bibliography
  • Demonstrate ability to analyze media resources
  • Demonstrate ability to use online bibliographic resources effectively
  • Evaluate information through use of an Annotated Bibliography
  • Demonstrate ability retrieve research from a variety of sources
  • Discuss and demonstrate the importance of ethical use of information