Raising kids in a digital age
By providing our students with the opportunity to access technology in their classrooms and 1:1 (4-8), students possess the autonomy to achieve the following core fundamental digital skills:
- CREATE Students and Teachers will enhance their creativity by developing digital content and showcasing their research and products created through various technologies.
- COLLABORATE Students will connect with others and develop PLNs (Personal Learning Networks). As a result, problem-solving will become a collaborative endeavor in which students have to effectively work in teams/groups to realize a solution.
- EXPLORE Students will improve their abilities to tackle complex problems through inquiry, utilizing digital resources to enhance their research and ability to gather evidence needed to make informed decisions.
- SHARE WITH THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY Students and Teachers will communicate ideas to both local and global audiences.
In addition to the above skills, we believe that integration of technology into the classroom should be:
- Balanced (of all best practice)
- Have a clear purpose
- Enhancing the classroom experience
- Open doors to the world
- Provide opportunity for safe exploration
- Provide student choice
- Prepare students for the world
- Use technology to support teaching students processes and how to safely use technology to find information
- Enhance self-directed learning
- Differentiate learning opportunities based on student needs and interests
Learn. Share. Live.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Technology is a great and necessary component of education. At CFCI, we believe in balancing the use of technology with other resources, materials, explorations, etc.
In spring 2019, we gathered two weeks of raw data from each of our teachers to get a clearer picture of what screen time looks like in our classrooms and if it matches our belief that technology should be used with balance and purpose.
We quickly discovered, that our classrooms are absolutely set up in this manner. Technology is used to enhance instruction, to differentiate assignments and to support independent practice daily in most core classes. Additionally, when research projects are taking place, the “average” time is sometimes lengthened because there are so many available resources online and presentation tools online. If you would like to see details of this data collection, click below.
Classroom teachers are GREAT persons to speak with regarding specific questions about how and what technology is used within the classroom. Please feel free to reach out to any member of our CFCI Technology Committee as well!
Technology Committee Members:
Kim McCormick- Director of Education