Brief Overview of Tech at PCS

Coding challenge at Putney Central School


There is no time like the present - at the elementary and middle school levels - to begin considering what it means for our children to develop the necessary skills to not only survive, but thrive in the complex digital world of the 21st century.  While it's impossible to predict where we're headed with technology, we can be certain that innovation and creativity of all types will continue to be appreciated, whether in the arts, communications, business or tech worlds. Technology is playing a larger and larger role in the creative process for young learners; whereas ten years ago one could "get by" without at least fundamental computer skills, today it is virtually impossible to do so, and computer literacy is  considered by most to be as important as knowing the alphabet.

At PCS we will continue to focus on the development of fundamental technological literacy and help our students acquire a facility with technology that not only provides access and practice of basic skills (think keyboarding) but a gradual increase in difficulty/utility that enables students to best access a variety of learning opportunities, from multimedia production to while having ample opportunities to showcase what they have learned in new and exciting ways.

At present, we are fully engaged in the middle school with a 1:1 Chromebook program.  6th graders have dedicated Chromebooks available to them during the school day, while students in grades




 





"Today’s focus on building capacity for effectively communicating ideas and information extends beyond the traditional notion of literacy. Historically, literacy was defined as the ability to read and write. In the current era, a literate individual is one who has developed competencies that leverage reading and writing skills toward the goal of effective communication. In today’s world, a proficient communicator needs to be computer literate, visually literate, information literate, media literate, and digitally literate."
                                                                    
~ From a publication by Adobe Software Systems, 2011; still very relevant today!



3D Printing at Putney Central School
Don Linden explains the fundamentals of 3D printing to a group of younger students.



Transformation & Technology
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Check below for a pdf of the VT Department of Education publication, Transformation and Technology: A New Way of Learning.  Much time, energy, and expertise have been expended in the creation of this document, which might well serve as a blueprint for the transformation of teaching and learning.  Significantly, the document is not merely prescriptive in nature.  Rather, it is a rich resource of information and guidelines for teachers, students, and parents alike.  Thought provoking material, and a call to action.

For more on this topic:  http://transformation-technology.wikispaces.com/




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Adrienne LaPierre,
Mar 10, 2015, 6:18 AM