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Every student needs 21st century skills for success in learning and in life. Ellis School is committed to providing an educational environment where these skills are taught and mastered so our students are prepared to move forward in their education. To do so, we are providing the infrastructure, tools and training for our staff to be able to effectively use technology for information management and technology integration in the classroom. This will then allow them to help students thrive in a world engulfed by information technology.
Who are these students? What skills will they need to know in order to be competitive in a a marketplace that changes so quickly? Here are a couple of videos that may help you better understand them:
ITWire wrote this article describing the use of technology by increasingly younger children:
Here are links to some of the foremost thinkers on the subject:
And there are so many more! This is just a sampling.
And just for fun, watch this video, which parodies the learning curve for computer use:
Ellis adopted the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) to serve as our frameworks for technology skills. This frameworks is implemented throughout our school both by our Technology Integration Specialist, Lauren Kenney, and our classroom teachers. We document our implementation of NETS using TechPaths Curriculum Mapping (now Performance Pathways) software.
Students at Ellis use technology in different ways, and we endeavor to adapt with the advances in technology. To complement our computers, printers and network services, we have digital cameras and graphic calculators, handheld GPS devices and digital video cameras. Students need to have access to a variety of technology tools and see how they are used to collaborate, automate and provide information.
Ellis has both a wired, conventional computer lab with desktop computers and a portable lab of laptop computers that can be used in the classroom. We also have 2 classrooms that have a 1:1 computing environment using Linux terminals. Classroom teachers use either the wired or laptop lab to give students access to computers, as well as use computers in their classroom.