The South Whidbey School District strives for technology integration as a seamless part of the learning process where use in the classroom is routine and accessible for all students. Technology integration provides avenues for children to think visibly, have a voice, collaborate and easily share their work. Technology creates a new relevancy to the learning environment in which students, teachers and experts engage new ideas, communicate and work together.
At the K- 2 level students are introduced to technology skills and concepts in a safe, structured environment. Technology is integrated into the daily curriculum in a variety of ways. Our younger students work with their teachers on class projects, use interactive tools in group lessons and do teacher guided research. They use apps and web tools which include Accelerated Reader, IXL Math and Language Arts, and Spelling City for independent skills practice. At this time our K-2 students have access to iPads and chromebooks and are developing skills that enable them to use digital tools to create and problem solve with technology. The focus of at this level digital citizenship is on safety and responsibility.
At the 3-5 level there is a shift from teacher led projects to more independent work. 3rd - 5th graders participate in self paced keyboarding programs, interact with their teachers through Google Classroom and use digital tools for for daily classwork and projects. These students also use a variety of apps and web tools for independent skills practice in math, reading, writing and spelling. Examples of these are Accelerated Reader, IXL math and language arts, and Spelling city. Students at this level are taught to use research tools and responsibly cite sources. Digital Citizenship at this level builds on the teaching of safety and responsibility and adds cyberbullying, digital footprint and information literacy.
At the 6-8 level students continue to expand on their technology skills through classroom and independent work. The middle level student is immersed in a technology infused classroom where the focus is on using a variety of technology programs, websites, and applications to generate creative solutions and present ideas. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of these digital tools to expand ways of self expression and create original work. Students use these tools to write, produce and publish where specific technology like google classroom, and docs, allows them to link up with other individuals and groups for collaboration on shared projects. Middle level students demonstrate a command of keyboarding skills that allow them to efficiently process words. Emphasis on digital citizenship includes technology user safety rules, citation tools, and a better understanding of intellectual property and fair use. Technology is the cornerstone for middle level students to solve authentic problems with the ethical use of information in a media literate way that allows differentiation and connection to self and the world.
At the 9-12 level students focus on creativity and collaboration, often working independently and in small groups to explore and assess a wide range of curriculum appropriate media and create presentations containing graphics, video, audio and text. In all core classrooms, each high school level student has access to laptops or tablets with an online connection. Teachers use interactive whiteboards and wireless technology that allow them to project and manipulate media and source materials. Most teachers and all students digitally create and share assignments using cloud-based document and presentation software (primarily Google Docs and Slides). Many teachers and students use Google Classroom and other applications to foster collaboration, share assignments and supplementary sources, and encourage a paperless workflow. Digital citizenship continues to be a focus for these older students, with an emphasis on safe, appropriate and effective social media presence, proper email manners, and a clear understanding of copyright and fair use laws.