Boes, a teacher at Gobles for 22 years, moved from grade five to technology this school year. The goal of the new program is for students to leave elementary school as digital masters ready for learning experiences in middle school, high school, and after they leave school.
“With our K-12 One to One Technology, our classrooms now extend learning beyond the four walls," she said. "In order for students to become future-ready for personal success, college and career, and the global marketplace, technology needs to be an emphasis early on."
Lower Elementary students in kindergarten, first, and second grades focus on beginner skills like keyboarding, scrolling, and mouse practice. Often, the lessons are taught via computer games so students have fun and learn new skills without even realizing it, Boes said.
In the Upper Elementary, students focus on 21 Things 4 Students, an online curriculum that is aligned with state, national, and international standards for technology. Students focus on everything from digital citizenship and internet safety to research strategies and presentation skills. Students are learning how to make these 21st Century tools work for them as life-long learners, Boes said.
Boes invites parents to look at the work that students are doing on the K-5 Tiger Technology Website. Students and parents can access the class website and practice technology skills.