Teachers now use Presentation Stations in the classrooms. These stations enable our teachers to project curriculum, content and ideas, to their students in a more versatile way. Our teachers are using technology to engage and excite their students with their lesson plans. They are able to share websites, music, videos, and custom made projects, on a large overhead screen projector with a laptop computer. Our school site technology plan envisions all classroom teachers having laptops and projectors in the near future. Our students use Apple computers in both of our computer labs. Twin Lakes School faculty and staff strive to meet the National Educational Technology Standards for Students.
Primary Lab Our Computer Lab in Room 5 is for Kindergarten through Third Grade students.
Our Kindergarten team introduces basic computer skills and uses software that enhances Phonics and Beginning Reading skills. They type spelling words and learn how to type their name, as well as learn some curriculum topics such as studying Farm life.
First Grade teachers continue with basic computer skills. They type words and sentences on the computers, learn basic math concepts, and enforce more Reading strategies with various programs. Students begin to use our Accelerated Reader program to monitor their reading progress and guide them toward reading material appropriate for their reading level.
Second Grade teachers use our school-wide Accelerated Reader program. This program measures students' reading progress throughout the year. The students take Reading quizzes on the computer to measure their individual Reading level and comprehension. Second graders also use Microsoft Word and learn to use internet search engines for research projects.
Our Third Grade team proceeds with the Accelerated Reader program. They continue with basic Internet research, and teach the students how to safely use the Internet. Topics such as Outer Space and Indian/Pilgrim heritages are explored with the students in the lab. They also type poems, letters, and other classroom assignments on the computers.
Upper Grade Lab Our Computer Lab in Room 6 is for students in Grades 4-6.
All students use Accelerated Reader to monitor their progress in Reading throughout the year. They also learn how to use several applications including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Web Browsers and the iLife suite.
Fourth graders learn how to create graphs with spreadsheets, and produce a computer generated brochure for their California Mission studies.
Fifth graders create a portfolio for their United States curriculum. They make brochures, create timelines, conduct research. They also make Powerpoint presentations on several different topics. Our Fifth Grade team teaches the basics of Microsoft Office. The culminating project is a state report that incorporates all of the components of the seven intelligences.
Sixth graders work on various projects across the curriculum, including a country report. Students use word processing throughout the year, develop PowerPoints, research topics, and use the Accelerated Reader program to motivate and monitor their comprehension.