Technology at Arundel
Arundel and the San Carlos School District (SCSD) are committed to fostering technological literacy as well as providing a robust 21st Century learning environment where students make use of digital tools as part of their work in and out of class.
This program teaches digital literacy skills tailored to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, English language arts, and literacy in history/social studies, and science. The program is designed to teach the technology skills kids need to meet the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s (SBAC) Computer Adaptive Assessments. SCSD has also developed a Scope and Sequence that identifies concepts and skills in the areas of Creativity and Innovation, Digital Citizenship and Technology Operations and Concepts.
Arundel students attend weekly classes in our computer lab where we reinforce classroom learning and, at the same time, incorporate technological skills. Students also have access to technology in the classroom, including Chromebooks and iPads. The classroom teacher and full-time technology associate collaborate to create lessons on basic computer operations, word processing, keyboarding, digital citizenship, research and coding. Students learn how to use multimedia and presentation tools and how to communicate and collaborate with software, apps and online tools, including our Google Apps for Education Suite.
Thanks to Arundel PTA funds and an innovation grant from SCEF, our technology teacher, Inger O’Connell, was able to purchase Dash and Dot robots to allow some budding Arundel coders to compete in the Wonder League Robotics competition in the 2016/2017 school year. The competition included:
- A total of 6 coding teams (maximum of 3 students per team) which consisted of 3rd & 4th grade students.
- Weekly after-school meetings to teach students how to use programming language for their own Dash & Dot robots to complete coding challenges.
- Submission of each teams’ completed challenges to the Wonder League Robotics competition which is held worldwide.
- One of our teams made it to the finals of the competition!