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Technology Statement

SCCS believes that the responsible use of technological devices and digital media is an important part of a child’s education.   As well as teaching basic computer skills, such as keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, etc., SCCS will use technological devices and digital media to support curriculum objectives, enhance multi-sensory learning, and present inspirational content to students.

The purpose of this document is to state fundamental guidelines followed at SCCS for the use of technological devices and digital media in the classroom.  These guidelines stem from and are informed by our Philosophy of Education and the underlying educational principles of Charlotte Mason, and by recommendation of the American Association of Pediatricians.  “Technological devices” refers to computers, laptops, Smart Boards, iPads, digital projectors, etc.  “Media” refers to non-interactive digital media such as video and interactive digital tools, such as computer software, applications, websites, etc.

1.  The superiority of hands-on, real life experiences:  Technological devices and digital media will not replace hands-on, real life experiences.  Digital media will be used particularly when hands-on learning opportunities are limited by availability, safety, or finances.

2.  The best content by the best minds: The underlying principle in the definition of living books as “the best books by the best minds” will be implemented when choosing non-interactive and interactive media for classroom use.  Digital media used at school will be chosen based on relevance, usefulness, richness, quality, and artistic merit.

3.  The limitation of digital media for lower grades:  Interactive digital media will not be used in PreK3 through 2nd Grade, though non-interactive digital media such as videos may occasionally be used.  This guideline is informed by the American Association of Pediatricians standards that young children learn best by hands-on activities and real life experiences and screen time should be limited at these ages.  Additionally, the shorter school day of these grade levels necessitates focus on curriculum and does not allow for non-essential media exposure.

4.  The restriction of digital media for entertainment use:  Digital media will not be used for non-curriculum-based or entertainment purposes in the classroom by students or teachers.  No student will be allowed to bring personal technological devices to school.

5.  The safety and appropriateness of digital content:  SCCS recognizes that digital media can possibly allow access to inappropriate online content or social interactions.   The use of digital technology will be heavily monitored and age appropriate blocking software will be used on all computers.

See our chart below for our developmentally targeted progression of the introduction and use of technology at SCCS:

SCCS Technology Progression

 PreK – 1st Grade

Emphasis on play, nature, and living books in these grades

CD players or MP3 speakers in every classroom

Shared use of projector for curriculum-related presentations

Selected oral or “play” narrations may be digitally recorded

 2nd Grade

CD players or MP3 speakers in classroom

Oral narrations for End of Year Exams digitally recorded

 3rd Grade

Wall-mount projector in classroom

CD players or MP3 speakers in classroom

Oral narrations for End of Year Exams digitally recorded

Laptop Lab used for:

Internet research for social studies / science

Introduction to typing skills & acuity (Keyboarding without Tears)

 4th Grade

Wall-mount projector in classroom

CD players or MP3 speakers in classroom

Written narrations for End of Year Exams scanned for digital record

Laptop Lab used for:

Internet research for social studies / science

Typing skills & acuity (Keyboarding without Tears)

Introduction to word processing (Google Docs)

Introduction to spreadsheets application (Google Sheets)

 5th-7th Grades

Wall-mount projector in classroom

CD players or MP3 speakers in classroom

Written narrations for End of Year Exams typed or scanned for digital record

Laptop Lab used for:

Internet research for social studies / science

Typing skills & acuity (Keyboarding without Tears)

Word processing (Google Docs)

Spreadsheets application (Google Sheets)

Presentation application (Google Slides)