Welcome to the BCE Tech Lab Command Center!
Technology is a major part of our lives. We depend on it everyday, it continues to evolve, and it challenges us to keep up. My #1 goal is for your child to appreciate technology and acquire real world skills that will contribute to their lifelong achievement. During tech lab time, your child will participate in:
** Digital Citizenship **
Big Cypress Elementary is a Common Sense Media certified school!
Today's children are growing up in a world that is more connected than ever before. They have access to computers and devices at a much younger age than previous generations. This brings hidden online dangers that many children and teens are not aware of. The Common Sense Media curriculum includes lessons and activities to teach all K-5 students about the many benefits of the internet as well as how to recognize and work through problems they could encounter while exploring online. Students gain skills to protect their digital footprints and live, work and play successfully in a media-centric global society. For details go to www.commonsensemedia.org.
** Microsoft Office **
Using productivity software effectively is vital for success in school and many workplaces. Your child will have daily access to Word, PowerPoint and Excel. They will be guided through the creation of projects that challenge their minds and support grade level curriculum.
** Tech Lab Curriculum Resources **
The students regularly use Nearpod, Kahoot, Quizizz and Quizlet as part of lessons and corresponding projects. These web-based platforms provide engaging activities that allow students to learn and show what they know while promoting healthy competition.
** Keyboarding **
Students in grades 1-5 use Typing Club to complete daily lessons that help improve eye-hand coordination, accuracy and words per minute (WPM). To read more about Typing Club, click the icon below.
** Coding **
Every year, to coincide with the worldwide Hour of Code initiative, students are introduced to computer coding. Students first learn about what coding is, where it is used in their daily lives, and how it is created. With the assistance of our STEAM teacher, students then practice creating and programming code by working on interactive activities and projects.
** Computer/Technology History **
Children are surrounded by technology from the day they are born. Incorporating a history perspective into my lessons offers students the opportunity to understand it wasn't always this way. Students think about and appreciate how past generations lived and worked without computers and "gadgets" and explore how different forms of technology evolved over time.
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