Technology Lab

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Today's kids are impressively tech-savvy! They are so comfortable with all the new technologies that are around today and are not afraid to show their skills to their parents. But the digital world -- just like the nondigital world -- requires all kinds of skills that kids don't simply pick up as they go. Digital citizenship and media literacy have to be taught. 

Being a good digital citizen is more than knowing your way around the Internet. In the P.S. 188 Technology Lab, we will create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use. Students in K-5 will complete fun and engaging lessons in a Digital Citizenship Program that addresses real life challenges to help them navigate cyberbullying, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas. Some of the topics include:

        

Students will be able to successfully address these digital concerns:

  • How do I tell the difference between trustworthy and false information on the web? 
  • When is it OK to use someone else's work in my creative projects? 
  • How do I keep my personal information private online?
  • How can I create strong powerful passwords?
  • What should I do if I am bullied online? 
  • What should I do if I see someone else being bullied online?
  • What are some safe websites for me?
  • How can I search for information effectively?
Students will also practice their technology skills by successfully navigating websites and using standard conventions of text when using the mouse and keyboard to type. They will participate in the Hour of Code – a national event where students write code in order to program characters to overcome obstacles in fun games such as Angry Birds and Minecraft. Throughout the year students will use programs such as:

MAC OS Native Apps:

iPhoto – photo editing software for editing and showcasing pictures
GarageBand – musical software for playing instruments


Microsoft Office Suite:

Word – word processing software for typing text
Excel – spreadsheet software for creating graphs
PowerPoint – presentation software for creating slideshows


Imagination Suite:

Pixie
 – creativity software combining text, images, art and voice for expressing ideas

Frames – animation software for creating movies
ImageBlender – photo editing software for editing pictures


Creativity Apps:

KidPix – a fun painting software for creating projects, animations, and slideshows
Sculptris – a 3-D sculpting software for creating characters
Google SketchUp – a 3-D software for creating architectural designs