Technology skills are taught within the context of our core curriculum, with emphasis on application and demonstration of student learning using technology tools. Lessons are planned jointly by classroom teachers and technology staff.
An iMac Computer Lab is available to grades K-8 on a scheduled basis and iMacs are also located in each K-5 classroom. Laptop carts are available for work in classrooms for grades 6-8.
iPad carts are available for checkout and regularly used to create and share student-created digital content.
Chromebooks are located in the middle school math classrooms for each student as well as 5 per classroom grades 3-5.
Diocese resources available include the Catholic Telemedia Network (Learning A-Z, Mathletics, IntoScience).
In 2015, St. Isidore School was one of five schools chosen in the nation to participate in a Live Video Chat with the CEO and Co-Founder of Instagram. The students were SO excited to get a chance to ask him a question and hear all of the wonderful things he had to say. ---------->
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St. Isidore is a Google Apps for Education School. Students in grades 3-8 have access to Google Drive for file creation, storage, management, and collaboration. Students also have access to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms and Drawings for digital content creation and organization.
Free online training is available HERE
IPADS AT ST. ISIDORE
St. Isidore School has two mobile iPad carts which are regularly checked out to K-8 classrooms. Students utilize iPads for research and a variety of learning activities. This is a great resource for our students as it allows for individualized learning and student engagement.
Students utilize many iPad apps. National Geographic Kids for reading, NASA apps for science exploration, Google Docs and StoryBook Creator for writing, editing, and story telling, iMovie and ShowMe for multimedia content creation, math apps for concept reinforcement and enhancement, and numerous other apps which allow students to explore specific concepts on a multimedia-capable platform.
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CURRICULUM LINKS *
ed1stop (Contra Costa County of Education)Code.org Resources
Typing Test (Grades 6-8)
NOTE: This site does have ads, but is great for a quick check of your typing speed, try taking a 2 minute test to see how fast you type!
* External Links
Image Source: www.ed2go.comThe keyboarding links below provide opportunities for students to practice proper technique at home. As students learn new keys and continue to build their speed, they will find it extremely beneficial to practice their new skills by playing these games.
*Please note that you will be leaving the school website when clicking on the games/links provided.
Baron von Typesfast
Dance Mat Typing
Desert Typing Racer (Select game #9 Letters only)
Martian City Defender (Select game #9)
Ten Key Test
The Frogs are Off Their Diet! (Select game #9)
Type 'em up
Typing Master (Free Speed Test)
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP RESOURCES
George Lucas Eduational Foundation, Edutopia has a great resource, Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup, which is a collection of articles, videos, and other resources on Internet safety, cyber bullying, digital responsibility, and media and digital literacy.
Locations to search for Royalty-free content:
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an online collection of millions of photographs, maps, sounds, manuscripts, books, and more accessible anytime, anywhere, for anyone. DPLA materials come from museums, archives, and libraries across the United States, and provides primary source examples of our American Heritage and human history. With DPLA, users can explore resources by topic, map, format, timeline, or exhibition. With a free account, items can be saved to lists and shared with others. Grades 6-12.
The Commons (Great source for Images that have "No known copyright restrictions")
NOAA Photo Library (Images from NOAA's scientific heritage)
Project Gutenberg (Collection of free eBooks)
Smithsonian Institution Archives (Please note that images on this page are rights-free and no permission is needed from the Archives, provided you use the captions supplied below with each photo. )
The Library of Congress American Memory (American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.)
U.S. Government Photos & Images (Some of these photos are in the public domain or U.S. government works and may be used without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license or copyright. You should read the disclaimers on each site before using these images.)
To Help Determine whether or not you are using information from the Internet according to the Fair Use portion of the Copyright Law, please use the checklist below:
Fair Use Checklist
An additional article to help ensure you are legally using images obtained online:
12 Most Picture Perfect Ways to Ensure You're Legally Using Online Photos
How to set Restrictions on iOS devices (good for ALL ages).
Guided Access, an Accessibility feature, allows you to restrict a child from only using 1 app (great for little ones). Click the link below to learn how to set-up and use the Guided Access Accessibility feature.
*NOTE: It is recommended that you backup your device prior to enabling restrictions or enabling Guided Access. The primary reason for doing so is password-related. If you enable restrictions or guided access and forget your password, you will need to restore your device from the latest backup, so choose a password you will remember!! :)
You an use parental controls to restrict the content you can download or purchase from Google Play on your device. Click HERE to learn how to Set up parental controls on Google Play.