Magazine article Technology and Children

Communication Integration and "Informances"

Magazine article Technology and Children

Communication Integration and "Informances"

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Integrating communication technology into a K-5 curriculum is manifested through a focused mission, creativity, cooperation, and academic diligence. Martin Elementary School in Manchester, Connecticut has developed these characteristics in pursuit of preparing its young students for life in a technological society. Seamless integration of technology is evident in the facility as students move to and from activities in the library, computer lab, classrooms, and field experiences. Cooperation and collaboration among administration and staff members provides a fertile environment to initiate technological integration in the K-5 curriculum.

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Providing a pathway for elementary students to express their creativity and ideas through communication technology is challenging, yet the staff at Martin Elementary School develops numerous opportunities for its students to participate and succeed. One such example is a kindergarten activity called, "We are a Family." Students are exposed to the topic of individuality and uniqueness and then asked to communicate this idea through the creation of a self-portrait. Portraits are produced with a computer-based art program called Kid Pix[R] that allows them to digitally paint, stamp, scribble, and write text. Each student develops a self-portrait that represents his or her uniqueness and contribution to the social family at school. Individual images are placed on a slide show along with text and set to music for students to sing. …

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