Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
ICT is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power!
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is a tool and valuable life skill that uses a variety of approaches to help empower learning and connect students with their local and global community. Charter Oak uses ICT to enhance the curriculum with technology tools and resources to investigate, create, communicate, collaborate, organize, and become responsible digital citizens.
To promote the receptive aspect of language, students develop targeted literacy skills with individualized software, instruction, and reflection that is administered by classroom teachers, ICT teacher, IB coordinator, library media specialist, and myriad support staff. Using our technology, students explore current events, geography, and science concepts, perform research and create new understanding through close reading of text, skimming articles, and note-taking of main ideas. They learn to critically evaluate a variety of sources, make connections between technology and print materials, organize ideas, analyze and synthesize information, and graph data.
The expressive aspect of language is developed as students critically think and share new learning with dynamic technology enhanced presentations. Students collaborate with peers on shared documents and provide feedback to one another, they connect globally with experts to enhance curricular topics and gain new cultural perspectives using video conferencing technology, and promote a home/school connection through interactive practice which does not stop when the school day ends. Both at school and at home, students practice word processing skills, and they learn how to create and incorporate video and photography to enhance learning.
Charter Oak students utilize green-screen technology to create student-centered daily video announcements while focusing on school writing goals, editing and revising, and oral reading fluency. Digital literacy competencies are developed as students edit video content and incorporate multimedia components to their original content before publishing work to the internet to connect with authentic audiences. Students are empowered to be responsible for their actions, to value others’ rights, and to practice safe and legal behaviors when accessing technology.