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SAU 16 Technology Plan

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Technology at MSS

Technology plays a role at Main Street School. All classrooms have one to two desktop computers and students are instructed in using technology resources in their school work. We also have a mobile lab of laptop computers that can be taken to classrooms around the building. Ms. Tabet works with students and staff at both Main St. and Lincoln St. Schools. It is our hope that students will see technology will truly be integrated into our curriculum.

From September through February second graders come to the Art room every other week on Fridays and receive instruction on the MacBooks. Lessons are planned with the classroom teachers who stay with their class along with Ms. Tabet, the Technology Coordinator. Students create a Tux Paint picture and then write a story to go along with it. Formatting their text, using proper spacing and upper & lowercase letters are all skills that are introduced during these sessions.

Students have also created word clouds via or and have used for research on topics they are studying in class. TuxTyping is a free program that can be downloaded and used with primary students to learn the location of letters on the keyboard. This will help them once they get to third grade and have a school-provided account on

The focus will be on Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Each studetn in SAU 16 has access to a Google Apps account that is managed by the district.

Great App Sites

APPitic - APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

The Single iPad Classroom - tips for using one iPad in an elementary classroom

Recommended iPad Apps

MSS and LSS are using iPads for enhancement of instruction in various areas. This is a list of recommended apps and is a work in progress. These guidelines pertain to all use of iPads (school owned or personal) with students.

Recommended Apps

Download an App form here.

While this is not an exhaustive list, apps on this list are recommended for use with students and have been evaluated through the App checklist below.

Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________

School: EDP MSS LSS iPad #(s) ____________________________________________

____ Existing App ____ New App Price $__________ ______ # of Apps requested

The Mobile App Review Checklist

Overview: App Title:___________________________________________________________

Is it already on our Recommended App List? _____Yes _____ No (STOP HERE if “Yes”)

App Publisher/Developer: ____________________________________

Version: ____________________________________

Link to App Store: ____________________________________

Curriculum Compliance

• Yes/ No - Is it relevant to the curriculum framework?

• Please provide and example. _____________________________________________________



1. Yes/ No - Is navigation easy? For example, index, contents, menus, clear icons

2. Yes/ No - Is on-screen help and/or tutorial available?

3. Yes/ No - Does it have multiple ability levels?

4. Yes/ No - How does it respond to errors? For example, incorrect spelling.

5. Yes/ No - Are there audio/video options with controls?

6. Yes/ No - Can selected material be tagged, copied, pasted, saved, and printed?

7. Yes/ No - Does it keep a history of the user's work over a period of time?

8. Yes/ No - Features that address special needs? E.g. physical, aural, visual, ESL.

9. Yes/ No - What support materials are included? For example, online resources, booklet, lesson

plans, student worksheets?


1. Yes/ No - Does the material accommodate diverse ways in which students learn?

2. Yes/ No - Is it developmentally and age appropriate?

3. Yes/ No - Does it provide an opportunity to increase students' understanding?

4. Yes/ No - Does it provide an opportunity for higher order thinking?

5. Yes/ No - Does it provide an opportunity for engagement and interaction?

6. Yes/ No - Does it provide opportunity for collaborative practice & idea sharing?

7. Yes/ No - Does it promote creativity and imagination?

8. Yes/ No - Does it provide an opportunity for problem solving?

9. Yes/ No - Does it provide feedback and assessment?

adapted from App ReviewRubric Courtesy of Palm Beach County Schools &

Tux Paint and Tux Typing Downloads

Parents can download Tux Paint and Tux Typing for Free at

Tux Typing -

Tux Paint -

Tux Paint - Be sure to download the program and the Stamps!

Tux Typing - Familiarizes students with letter location on the keyboard. Tux Type helps students in the years prior to third grade. In third through fifth grades students have a paid subscription to Typing Pal where they will learn correct finger placement and keyboarding skills.

Try these fun, free programs! An Internet connection is only needed to download the program. Once downloaded, it plays from your harddrive.

Enjoy and have fun!