Our Spooner Area School District subscribes to a digital learning environment called Learning.com where they say: "Today's students love technology. They want to master the Web, the computer and software tools to make smart use of the technology. We provide that opportunity, while at the same time, supporting them to improve as learners, ready for the 21st century."
Throughout the school year students in 1st through 4th grade have logged into Learning.com to access lessons all about technology. They have learned about word processing, spreadsheets, data-bases, email, web searches and keyboarding.
At the end of the year 4th graders always take a Technology Literacy Assessment to measure their progress with technology training. This year, in addition, 3rd graders will also take this assessment. We've spent the last couple of weeks reviewing and talking about things like "what is a URL?"
I brought an old 3.5" diskette in to show students about how the little icon they see in the corner of our word processing program, which to them just means "save", used to be the way we old-timers would actually save our files back before flash drives, CD, DVD's and cloud storage solutions. They were interested to see the "floppy" disk inside and crowded around to get a chance to touch it.
Monday begins our assessments, so now I know the school year is winding down to a close.