The students at West Branch School are benefitting from a new technology program.  The program was introduced by teacher Michelle Duddy for the 2014-2015 school year.  According to Duddy “The goal of the technology program this year is to develop students’ technology skills.  Technology is used to complement and extend the curriculum in each subject.  Grade-appropriate instruction in keyboarding, basic operations, word processing, coding, electronic presentations, research, and utilize the Internet to explore opportunities for meaningful learning.  Students are taught legal and ethical practices related to technology use and safety.” 

So far this year the students have learned to use e-mail, google slides/sheets/documents and online presentation software called Prezi, which has quickly become a favorite.  Google Classroom is being utilized for online assignments and online study tools such as Quizlet and Kahn Academy were introduced early in the year and give the children the opportunity to put technology to use when studying other subjects.  Desktop computers, laptops and iPads are all available for use. 

“I like when we make projects on the computer like in Microsoft word.  We used that for our monarch projects and we did some of our social studies projects on the website Prezi.  It’s a lot of fun because you learn new things.”  says Isabella Gehron,  age 9.

There is a lot in store for the technology program for the second half of the school year.  There will be a focus on coding using sites such as Scratch and Scratch Jr., Python and Javascript.  Students will continue to work on keyboarding skills to type letters and will have the opportunity to work on S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based activities. 


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