Stone Academy of Communication Arts
Highlights from Stone's Technology Plan:
Technology is a vital component of the Communication Arts Program.
Teachers and students recognize the need for technology skills to function
in today's world. The SIC technology subcommittee has developed
goals for the next five years that include upgrading equipment, providing
for teacher professional development that is necessary to implement
student technology standards, and for using a variety of technologies for
home/school communication. Technology is
used as a means to enhance teaching and learning in all curricular areas.
National Technology Standards for Students: Stone teachers are implementing the standards at all grade levels. All
district teachers take a site-developed Technology Skills
Assessment test to determine areas in which they are not
proficient. Help is available at school and through district
workshops. The school district has implemented the Intel Teach to
the Future 40-hour course as the measure of technology proficiency for
teachers seeking recertification. Stone teachers have
completed the Intel Teach to the Future class, and many have completed
advanced Intel courses as well.
Promethean Boards in Classrooms
Classrooms in five year kindergarten
through fifth grade have Promethean Boards. These interactive
white boards are great instructional tools. Teachers prepare
lesson "flip charts" in advance and show them on the boards.
Students and teachers may use writing tools to interact with the
prepared materials during the lesson and the altered screens can be
saved. Teachers can pull up math manipulatives, calendars, graphs,
charts, maps, and a wealth of other tools with a few clicks. They
can also use the boards to show internet sites, streamed educational
video, and Jumpstart News!
Stationary Computer Lab (32 Stations)
The computer lab is also equipped with an interactive Smart Board
used to project the teacher's computer screen for all to see easily. The
stationary lab is used for MAPS testing twice a year and mostly for
Compass Learning (math and language arts) the remainder of the time.
After all classes are scheduled for Compass Learning, there are a few time
periods left for other activities. Teachers supervise their
students while in the lab.
Stone Computer Lab Software:
- Windows XP
- Microsoft Office Pro (Word, Power Point, Excel,
- Internet Explorer
- Kid Pix Deluxe 4
- Accelerated Reading
- Star Reading
Wireless Laptop Carts
Students use laptops for
technology-integrated projects in whatever subject areas they are
currently studying. Students learn the
student technology standards while continuing to work within the
curricular areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, etc. Wireless laptops are on
two carts (24, and 30) that can be wheeled to
the classroom. Teachers sign up to use carts.
Computers have Windows XP operating system and Office XP. There is
a third cart of 8 laptops reserved for Challenge.
Also, teachers and students have access to scanners, digital cameras, Flip Video
camcorders, MP3 players, and editing equipment. The TV Production
studio is available to any teacher who wants to use it for video editing
and recording with a green wall, which allows for virtual
Every teacher has a district website
where parents can find valuable information, such as homework, class
rules, events, internet research sites, student work, contact
information, studycasts, and class blogs. Some teachers have
student-created subsites linked from their teacher website.
The entire building is networked for internet
access, phone, cable, and satellite TV. Second floor classrooms, the
library, and Challenge classrooms have wireless computer access.
Continuous Improvement Plan
The Technology Vision Planning Committee is made up of teachers from each grade level,
and related arts.
They meet once a month to implement the school-wide Technology Goal
and amend the Technology component of the School Portfolio for the following year.
The Committee Chairman reports to the School Improvement Council each
District Technology Plan
100% of faculty will receive Professional Development in
Technology Integration throughout the year, with a focus on blogs for
Teachers will continue to use technology for
100% of faculty will implement technology integration
with the curriculum.
All students will learn their grade level technology
Benchmark Technology Activities
Students at every grade level will complete
activities which will teach standards for that grade level.
Kindergarten: All kindergarten students
will access the common drive, open a saved Word document, use word processing
tools to type and edit several sentences, insert a picture, save, and print the
First Grade: All first grade students will
access their folder in the common drive, open a Power Point project, insert new
slide(s), image(s), and text, close, and save.
Second Grade: All second grade students
will open a Power Point project, change the background, insert at least three
slides, sound, text box, image, add slide transitions, save, close, and access
again from the common drive.
Third Grade: All third grade students will
open a new Publisher document from a template to create a tri-fold brochure.
They will compose text with information they accessed from the internet and
other sources, rearrange text boxes, insert pictures, edit, save, and print
South Carolina Travel brochures.
Fourth Grade: All fourth grade students
will work cooperatively with a partner during the course of Math Unit on data
and probability to gather data, open a new Excel spreadsheet, set up columns and
rows, enter data, create a chart or graph, save, print, and close.
Fifth Grade: All fifth grade students will
use either Power Point or Publisher to create a Guide to Barrier Island.
they will conduct surveys, collect data, and use a spreadsheet to create charts
and/or graphs to convey data. They will insert these charts/graphs into
the guide. Students will use information found through personal experience
or from the internet and other sources and type in text. They will take
pictures with the digital camera and insert them into the guide. They will
present their projects to an audience, either through performance or printed