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    Technology Use at Cedar Park   

    The use of technology has become a critical component of our professional and personal experience that has helped connect us with a broader community across the country and shifted our personal and economic experiences into a global economy.

    From McDonald's employees who now manage digital ordering kiosks and facilitate the delivery of those orders, to police and firefighters who use wireless computer systems to conduct their work while remaining mobile, to artists and architects who use technology to enhance the efficiency and scope of their work - today’s students will be required to have knowledge of and use technology as part of almost every profession.

    Part of our charge as public educators, is to not simply address the Common Core State Standards and State Technology standards, but rather to help educate and prepare students with positive technology usage to enhance their personal and professional aspirations and support them in becoming positive global and digital citizens.

     

    At Cedar Park, we will use technology to….

    • Enhance the learning of our students – incorporate technology to equitably allow students to visualize and explore something or someplace they may otherwise be unable to access

      Ex: During the Marine Biology Expedition we may use an Academy-Award winning IMAX film to allow students access to the undersea ecosystem of an organism we are studying

       

    • Support the Multiple Modes of Learning – VARK (Visual, Auditory, Reading, Kinesthetic) are the research-based modes human beings use to acquire, process, and maintain knowledge. Part of our equity commitment is to move our instruction beyond the typical single mode (of auditory or reading) that has dominated public education classrooms for so long. This single-mode model successfully reaches only a portion of learners in a room, excluding students who need access to different or multiple modalities to successfully learn and retain new content.

      Ex: In Kindergarten, teachers use a research-based digital tool during letter and sound practice that addresses all four modalities at once (a visual representation of the letter and corresponding object read by students; an auditory component of hearing and speaking the letter and sound; and kinesthetic movements for each letter to incorporate building muscle memory of both the body, vocal chords, and brain.

       

    • Provide opportunities to explore and teach into age-appropriate technology use and digital citizenship – Through our curricular and exploratory learning, we look for ways to incorporate technology use in an age-appropriate way to enhance the learning or sharing of information by students. This also gives us the chance to teach and discuss about digital safety, evaluating cyber content and resources, cyber bullying, and other important topics.

      Ex: At 2nd Grade, students may engage in using a PowerPoint or Prezi (which allows them to include VARK and engage their audience (verses simply reading a piece out load)

      Ex: At 3rd – 5th Grade, students may engage in networking with marine biology experts through a classroom Twitter account managed by the teacher to gather and share information while learning about digital citizenship and cyber safety.

       

      At Cedar Park, we will NOT use technology…

    • … for the sake of using technology without purpose and intent
    • … to replace direct instruction and in-person classroom experience
    • … to manage student behaviors or occupy them with “screen time”
    • … to occupy students to allow adults to do other job-related work