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Recognizing the prevalence and importance of computers in today’s world, Caedmon’s technology integration in the classrooms and the curriculum is aimed at teaching the necessary skills, keeping in mind what is appropriate for children to learn at each age.
Also in keeping with our goal to take into account the developmental needs of the children at each stage, children under Kindergarten age do not have access to computers. In Kindergarten, the children are introduced to computers through instructional classes. Many children acquire computer skills even before they come to school; nevertheless, we feel strongly that school is time for other types of communication and verbal interactions that are more appropriate for their young age.
The computer program at Caedmon familiarizes children with the computer, teaching them to utilize it as a tool for research, writing, communication, problem solving, creativity, and presentation. The computer teachers come to the classrooms, and using Macintosh laptops and SmartBoards (in all classrooms, Lower Level and up), offers instruction that is integrated to the classroom curriculum.
The children learn to work with many graphics and word processing programs, utilizing them to generate projects, gather information, and prepare presentations. In addition, the children have guided and controlled access to the Internet, both for research and to share information with others. Older children are introduced to more advanced digital image work, including scanning and digital photography, and digital video and audio editing software.
Splitting classes into smaller groups allows for instruction that is individually focused. When children reach the Lower Level years, they start to integrate graphics and writing, and often develop classroom projects. By Middle and Upper Levels, computers become an important part of their daily work. They are used regularly for research and final drafts of written work, as well as for graphics and presentations. The children are introduced to keyboarding skills in Middle Level and spend a portion of the year learning to touch type, improving on their speed and accuracy.
Ethics and the legal use of computers and software is an integral part of the program. Students and parents each sign an agreement at the beginning of the year, in which they commit to the procedures set forth in our "Computer and Internet Usage Policy."