Kindergartners learn basic computer skills, such as using the mouse to point, click, and drag objects before progressing to practicing using the keyboard. With www.millhoppertech.com as the backbone, other applications, such as educational computer games, are incorporated into the curriculum to engage students.
LOWER ELEMENTARY (AGES 6–9) TECHNOLOGY
Students are taught basic typing and formatting so that they can turn their research and other writing into finished products. Students gain exposure to keyboarding and word processing basics through Open Office. Research using computers begins at this level. In addition, Montessori apps and educational games are used for independent practice and extra academic review. Teachers use their Promethean board for lessons and presentations to the class.
UPPER ELEMENTARY (AGES 9-12) TECHNOLOGY
The students are encouraged to use the Internet as an invaluable research tool. Students have weekly practice assignments on typing programs to build accuracy and confidence. Microsoft Office programs are used to write papers, create graphs, and design brochures and newsletters. These skills are carried over to projects in literature/composition, science, and other classes. Educational and skill-building computer games are used to enhance class work. Presentation programs such as PowerPoint, Prezi, Glogster, and Pixton, plus animation programs such as Flip Boom are introduced to encourage students to hone their presentation dynamics.
Computers are used on a daily basis and are an integral part of the classroom and curriculum. In fourth grade, students receive a class email and are introduced to all the elements of Google Apps for Education, including creating blogs, learning to properly send emails, and developing safe practices on social media. This prepares them for Middle School. All the lessons are cross-curricular in nature and coordinate with the lessons of other team teachers in the subjects of literature/composition, science, and history.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (AGES 12-14) TECHNOLOGY
Advanced standards build upon the Microsoft Office Suite fluency acquired in prior years, while also emphasizing desktop publishing, multimedia, and additional concepts of applied technology. Many cross-curricular opportunities manifest at this level with our science, language arts, social studies, drama, video production, and yearbook curriculums. With abundant potential to practically apply their technology skills, the technology program expands beyond the one hour of formal classroom time weekly allocated to this group.
The technology course is taught on a continuum and approached in two ways in the Middle School program. First, it is used an as extension and enrichment of other subject areas, such as research skills and Boolean search techniques for writing assignments in Language Arts; the creation of a webpage on a Spanish-speaking country to support a Spanish assignment; or the videoing and editing of a group dance routine to support a Physical Education assignment. The second use is to widen their understanding of the uses of technology in the majority of their courses. Topics of study include: research and reference, digital communication, social networking/blogging, web interfaces, 3D modeling/drawing/animation and video production.
MEET THE TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Sylvia Aslanian, TECHNOLOGY
- A.S., Technology, Visual communications
- B.S. Information Technology, Member of Epsilon Pi Tau (The International Honor Society for Professions in Technology)
- Director of
- Biennial Shakespeare Festival
- Biennial Festival of Dionysus
- Biennial Year End Show
- MMS Spotlight Kids Performing Arts
- MMS Technology Curriculum (based on National Technology Education Standards
- MMS Speech and Debate Curriculum (based on National Middle School Public Debate Program)
- MMS Drama Curriculum (based on Montessori Curriculum and National Standards)
- Theater Memberships
- Educational Theater Association
- Alliance for Theatre and Education
- Theater Communications Group
- FATE (Florida Association of Theatre Education)
- Parent of two Millhopper Montessori alumni
- MMS Affiliation since 1994
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Elizabeth Sheehan, MEDIA/LIBRARY/TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANT TEACHER
- A.A., A.S, Special Education
- Assistant Teacher Montessori Certificate
- Department of Children and Families Credential
- Hobbies: sewing
- MMS Affiliation since 2000