Kindergarten Technology

MMS Kindergarten students receive technology education once a week for 60 minutes in the media center.  Kindergarteners learn basic computer skills such as using the mouse to point, click, and drag objects before progressing on to practicing using the keyboard. With the as the backbone, other applications, such as educational computer games, are incorporated into the curriculum to engage students.  Storybook applications are also utilized in Kindergarten technology to allow the children to apply their skills by creating pictures and typing words one page at time, to create their own story.  Other applications, such as Google Earth, also fit in nicely while still meeting the prescribed technology standards.  Incorporating Google Earth, for example, allows for honing mouse and keyboard skills, while exposing the students to geography and world cultures they are already studying in their primary classroom. Brain Pop Jr is used to enhance test taking skills, critical thinking and discussion and answer. As they become more comfortable we move onto Internet Safety, researching on the Internet and with books, utilizing our library books as well as Alachua County Library system. Starting in January, more programs are introduced that they will assist students throughout elementary and middle school. Students are assessed by Question and Answer, Participation and Discussion, leading Lessons on the Promethean as the students follow and peer teaching. Individual Assessment designed for students to master Home Row Keys, Proper Finger Placement, Internet Etiquette, Internet Safety, Moving Around Millhopper Tech, Basics of Using Search Engines, Brain Pop Jr. Quizzes, Printing Quizzes    

Lower Elementary Technology

First, Second and Third graders receive technology education once a week for 60 minutes.  Grade level appropriate assignments aligned with the Montessori curriculum and National standards in basic computer competencies are emphasized. Students begin to learn Micorsoft Word in first grade and Power Point in second grade. Digital Citizenship is emphasized throughout the year and formal lessons are given twice a year. Typing Pal, an online typing program is started in the second grade, this enables students to log in and practicing keyboarding at home. Studyladder enables the students to log in at home and enhance Math, Geography, Science, Reading, Spelling and History skills. In second grade Spelling City is used to help students prepare for their Spelling tests. Lessons are posted in Jupitergrades and in the first quarter students are introduced to Basics, Mouse Skills, Millhoppertech, Internet Safety and Etiquette, Four  – Five Lessons are introduced starting in the second quarter depending on the need of the student students are given nine weeks to understand the lessons and finish the work assigned Assessments    Question and Answer, Participation and Discussion, Lead Lesson and Students Follow, Peer Teaching. Individual Assessment: Keyboarding: Home Row Keys, Proper Finger Placement, Backspace, Delete, Cap Lock, Shift Key Parts of Laptop, Shut down, procedures, Internet Etiquette, Internet Safety, Moving around Millhopper Tech,  Basics of Using Search Engines Microsoft Flyer: , (Insert Clip Art, Text, Change Font, Increase Font, Print) Study Ladder, Second Graders are assessed on their Power Point Skills as well.

Grading:   E(Excellent), S+ (Above Average) S (Satisfactory), S- (Needs Improvement), U (Unsatisfactory)

 Upper Elementary: Fourth and Fifth Grade

Fourth and Fifth grade receive an hour of technology each week. Upper elementary education begins to see an emphasis on office suite applications to prepare the students for the rigor of middle school courses. Fluency in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications is a major emphasis at this level.  Each student is given an email account via Gaggle.. Gaggle offers a secure environment for students to communicate, collaborate and produce.

Grading:  E(Excellent), S+ (Above Average) S (Satisfactory), S- (Needs Improvement), U (Unsatisfactory)

Middle School Technology

 Grades 6, 7, and 8 technology students receive 1 hour of technology instructional time per week.  Advanced standards build upon the office suite application fluency acquired in prior years, and also emphasize desktop publishing, multimedia, and additional applied technology.  Many cross-curricular opportunities manifest themselves at this level with our science, language arts, social studies, drama, video production, and yearbook curriculum among others.  With abundant potential to practically apply their technology skills, the technology program begins to truly expand beyond the one hour of formal classroom time allocated to this group. Each student has their own laptop facilitated by the school. They utilize the laptop for the online textbooks, Spanish and History. At the level students expand their use of Gaggle.

Grading:  E(Excellent), S+ (Above Average) S (Satisfactory), S- (Needs Improvement),

U (Unsatisfactory)