EVERGREEN CHARTER SCHOOLInstructional Technology
Evergreen Charter School is committed to using technology in the classroom as an effective and efficient tool for instruction and eagerly prepares its students for a technologically sophisticated world. With computers in each classroom, young students in kindergarten, grades one and two are encouraged to develop a variety of basic computer skills. As students move into the higher grades, they begin to work on word processing and may explore spreadsheet, presentation and publishing programs, as well as integrate technology into a range of projects.
At ECS we are encouraging our students to be digital learners and to enhance good instructional learning practices. We believe that technology brings the tools of empowerment into the hands and minds of our students. Therefore, we are teaching students to have 21st Century skills. These skills are taught in alignment to the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and the NY Common Core Standards which include:
- Personal and social responsibility
- Planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity
- Strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs
- Cross-cultural understanding
- Visualizing and decision making
- Knowing how and when to use technology and choosing the most appropriate tool for the task.
Type to Learn
Students at ECS use this program to learn how to type efficiently improving speed and accuracy. This software is cloud-based which allows students to practice their tying skills from any computer at school or at home.
Computer Science For All
ECS began to introduce computer science to all students in grade K-6. Throughout this program, students learn, explore and practice computer programming using code.org and unplugged activities. In addition, Evergreen hosted a school-wide Hour of Code event.
At ECS students also are introduced to robotics using Dash and Dot robots. For more information about these robots, please visit: www.makewonder.com/dash.
The Computer Lab
The computer lab is integrated into all areas of the curriculum as an extension of the classroom. Each class (K-3) attends computer lab for a scheduled 45 minute period every week. A full-time Technology Specialist (Ms. Hernández) is present for all computer lab classes. Students are given assignments that are planned to coincide with current classroom studies and are taught keyboarding skills, the use of Office 365, Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Research skills.
i-Ready: Cloud-based Adaptive assessment and instruction for math and reading in grades K-6. The i-Ready system is aligned with Common Core standards and includes a Common Core “readiness screener” designed to determine just how much of the new standards students will need to master. The diagnostic component identifies a student’s performance level in a given subject as well as the skills necessary to move forward. The program then assigns students to online instruction that take place in animated video instructions. It also provided detailed report and action plan for teachers and students.
The Evergreen Charter School’s 1:1 Chromebook program is designed to cultivate and support learning that reflects contemporary exchanges and interactions. With access to a Chromebook and the ability to connect via a wireless environment, students and teachers will actively participate in the consumption and production of media, build and contribute towards social networks, and be active participants in developing ideas that can be utilized to solve complex problems. Each 3rd through 9th-grade student and teacher is provided a Chromebook. This 1:1 program provides students and faculty with equal access to their own internet-ready device. Stakeholders will have access to their Chromebooks 24/7. In creating 1:1 environments, the integration of technology is spontaneous or “in the moment” and mirrors authentic and contemporary applications of technology.
Grade 6: Computer Literacy and Global Humanities
Throughout this year-long class, students will develop computer literacy fundamentals as well as become better aware of the ever-changing global environment in which they live. This course will require students to investigate, evaluate, and report on issues occurring in all regions of the world. The units will be divided by our Earth’s continents and major geographic regions, comprising of a total of 9 locations (North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Middle East, Antarctica/Arctic)
Grade 7: Virtual Enterprises Junior Ventures Year 1
The VE-JV Career Academy begins in the 7th grade with a Technology Applications and Graphic Arts class. Students work in teams to start a business and use technology to create the projects and materials needed for their new business venture. Projects are designed to develop skills in technology, communications, problem solving, and critical thinking. Students use a variety of software programs to produce accounting, financial, marketing, and presentation materials as well as other documents. The class culminates in a business pitch competition.
(Source adapted from https://veinternational.org/)
Grade 8: Virtual Enterprises Junior Ventures Year 2
The VE-JV program in the 8th grade challenges students to collaborate with their class to launch and manage a business. They are involved in all aspects of running the business, from marketing, sales, and human resources to accounting, finance and IT. Students fill different positions within the company including department managers and a CEO. Running all aspects of a company, VE-JV students learn about business and develop professionalism, self-confidence, teamwork and an entrepreneurial mindset. The 8th grade program is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of careers. This experience will enhance their motivation to learn and inform their decisions about future educational and career options.
(Source adapted from https://veinternational.org/)