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Led by Superintendent Dr. Frank Tiano, the Chelmsford Public Schools provides a full range of technology instruction from preschool through grade twelve fostering a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship. According to Executive Director of Technology and Information; “technology supports our mission to cultivate inspired, creative, and well-rounded lifelong learners who possess the integrity and self-direction necessary to be contributing community members”.
Preschool Technology – In the preschool program, Marie Tada, Technology Integration Specialist teaches classes of three and four year olds, providing students with technology instruction on state-of-the-art iPads with a selection of age-appropriate apps. Children in the preschool program enjoy a 30 minutes class each week in Technology.
Computer Programming is an important component from elementary through high school. Instruction in the Logo computer programming language starts in elementary school. The four elementary computer teachers (Ms. Dillman, Ms. Buckley, Ms. Warren and Ms. Lamson) enhance computer programming with Bee Bots and Pro Bots are used in grades 3 and 4 for 3D hands-on programming and robotics opportunities. Scratch, an object-oriented program starts in elementary and continues in a more advanced use in the middle schools. Devi Venugopal and Marie Tada, McCarthy and Parker Technology Integration Specialists (respectively) continue instruction with Lego Mindstorms in the Middle Schools.
Students also receive continual instruction in Internet safety and cyber bullying prevention, in grades K-6. We use the NetSmartz curriculum, as well as resources from NetSafe Kids.
Keyboarding has taken a front seat in the last two years due to the need for students to take a variety of online assessments. Assuring our students have mastery of the keyboard allows them to concentrate on the assessment content, and not the input process.
Students at all levels receive instruction in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and email and instruction is embedded in lessons using the classroom curriculum. Students learn to create and integrate charts, graphs, and images in reports and presentations.
Students in all levels learn effective Internet search practices for accessing information needed in their classroom projects along with ethical use of materials found on the Internet. Technology classes positively impact student achievement and are major contributors to student learning by encouraging inquiry-based learning and promoting the acquisition of information literacy skills.