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At Keith Valley, technology is an integrated program taught by the technology education teachers in collaboration with content-area teachers throughout the school year. It is not a pull out program but an infused, curriculum-based environment. As part of the Keith Valley Technology Integration Program, all students are engaged in the use of technology by participating in technology enriched projects designed through the curricular areas. Through their Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Creative Arts, World Language, and Health classes, students participate in activities designed to enhance their technology skills. The following technology areas are emphasized: Basic use and understanding of the computer, exploration of the network, Internet use and search strategies, word processing, spreadsheet and graphing skills, database use, multimedia presentation skills, digital photography and editing skills, desktop publishing skills, drawing and rendering skills, graphic design skills, web site design skills, video production and editing skills, and use of Web 2.0 tools for communicating, collaborating and creating.
HOW IT WORKS
Every student in the first four days of school successfully learns how to log on, create passwords, create folders and navigate through the network.
Every seventh and eighth grade student has three sixty-minute technology lessons to review software applications used in previous years, and to learn new software applications and web resources.
By the end of October, every sixth grade student completes a series of sixty-minute technology lessons to review and learn new software applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Publisher) and become proficient in use of the network at Keith Valley.
All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students review the Acceptable Use Policy and proper use of the Internet.
At the end of October, teachers begin bringing students to the technology classrooms to work on curriculum based, technology projects. These integrated projects continue throughout the school year.