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Technology

Philosophy

The use of technology is very important to our society.  All students are provided equitable opportunities to use technology as one of many tools in their learning process.  It is our belief that students learn best when they are engaged in meaningful activities where they are able to work with others in order to construct a product that shows their knowledge. Technology is always used with close supervision by adults and clear learning objectives.

Commitment

  • We are thrilled to be implementing iPads in our teaching and learning. There is quite a buzz about how much fun learning can be with this amazing tool.
  • iPod Touches are used to increase student reading fluency.  When  students listen to their own recorded reading they will identify mistakes and make corrections when recording for a second time.  This way students can practice fluency and expression until they get it just right.  Self-correction is a powerful learning tool.
  • Interactive whiteboards (Promethean Boards) allow teachers to present materials to students in a dynamic, interactive and engaging format.  Students respond to this type of instruction and hands-on learning in ways never encountered with traditional pencil and paper.
  • Student response systems (ActiVotes) are individual hand held electronic devices that allow full class participation when students respond to curricular questions and discussions.  Each student has the opportunity to participate, giving teachers a clear picture of individual and overall understanding.
  • The intermediate computer lab ("CyberSpace") is home to 28 multimedia PC computers, a scanner a projection system and an interactive whiteboard.
  • The primary computer lab ("The Mouse House") has 28 multimedia PC computers, a scanner a projection system and an interactive whiteboard.
  • 100% of the school is fully networked both wired and wireless. Students and staff save projects to the file server so that they can have access to their work from any computer in the school.
  • Teachers are involved in ongoing professional development with technology such as study groups, grade level collaboration, classes on iPads in education and Promethean Board use and lesson development.  We are doing our best to stay current with all the new technology that is continually evolving.
  • Petroglyph has a full time educational technology specialist on staff which is vital to acquiring new technology, keeping it running smoothly and guiding technology infused instruction.