Elementary

Technology Class K-5

Computer Lab K-5

 

Pacific West Christian Academy is proud to announce our exciting technology partnership with Global Academics and the University of Richmond. The Trajectory partnership provides our students with the finest technology education available today. Components of our program include:

 

Instruction

Our school has a full time Technology Instructor on staff who meets with every k-5 class weekly in the computer lab.  Classroom teachers remain in the computer lab to assist students as well.  The computer lab environment provides a hands-on learning instruction model.

 

Computer Lab

The PWCA K-5 computer lab has 12 student PC computers running Windows 7.  Each class meets once a week for about 35 minutes in conjunction with their library time.  Half of the class begins in the library and the other half in the computer lab and then the students switch.  This allows us to offer an effective student to teacher ratio for student learning.

 

Integration Training for Teachers

A comprehensive teacher training program designed to develop our teachers’ skills in instructional theory, curriculum integration and application software. Our teachers earn continuing education credits for their participation in our technology workshops.

 

Integrated Curriculum

Our technology program is based on more than 350 literacy objectives in 10 different technology areas. Curriculum is designed to be integrated with our classroom studies so our students use the computer as a tool to develop projects and presentations.

 

Curriculum Delivery Support

Our staff is supported by an experienced staff of technology coordinators from Global Academics, who provide valuable assistance to all areas of our technology program development.

 

Technology Resource Center (TRC)

With the TRC, we can provide our students and teachers access to a variety of resources including integrated technology lesson plans, direct links to thousands of educational Web sites, a citation engine and a password-protected portfolio for storing their work.

Link: https://mytrc.globalacademics.com/welcome

 

Accepted Use Policy

Prior to working “hands-on” in the computer lab, ALL students must return a signed Accepted Use Policy (AUP) agreement.

 

Homework

Students are encouraged to practice their computer skills at home.  The following assignments are currently optional and ongoing.

 

Grades K-1: Hand/eye coordination and phonics/reading practice with the Starfall website.
Link:
http://www.starfall.com

 

Grades 2-5: Typing practice with Dance Mat Typing, an educational site put out by the BBC.  This is a fun way to learn touch-typing.  Students start with the home row keys and add letters until they have learned the whole keyboard. 
Link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

Technology Instructor (K-5): Kelly Abbott kabbott@pwcagilroy.com