Students at The Magellan Charter School, through regular use of technology, will develop lifelong learning skills that incorporate technology. Students will use technology as an effective tool for accessing information, understanding the world around them, and communicating with that world. Magellan teachers and staff will continually develop innovative uses of technology to enhance the learning environment and efficiently manage the school.
By integrating technology into the curriculum and using it as a primary instructional tool, students at The Magellan Charter School will be able to:
By facilitating the student use of technology as a tool, teachers will be able to:
By leveraging the investment in technology infrastructure, administrators will be able to:
The Magellan Charter School has established instructional initiatives for technology for grades three through eight. Based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, these instructional initiatives support a process-oriented curriculum and enhance the school’s dedication to learning through “interactive, hands-on, inquiry-based, problem solving experiences”.
Magellan’s focus for the fourth and fifth grades centers on an integrated language arts/social studies program and an integrated mathematics/science program. These grades are grounded in concrete, hands-on experiences that are significantly enhanced by technology opportunities. Since Magellan does not house a traditional school library, students are encouraged to seek information through PCs, using a variety of CD-ROM resources (encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries) and the vast Internet resources. Fourth-grade students have insight into North Carolina geography through the Internet. They also access NASA’s Internet sites to conduct research on the solar system. They explore animals via National Geographic CD-ROM. Fifth graders use the Internet to recreate the Mayflower journey by researching the passengers. Fifth graders also learn the fundamentals of spreadsheet applications along with graphing and charting the spreadsheet data. Students not only gain knowledge on their core subjects; they also learn other skills such as keyboarding, Internet security, and basic computer terminology. This knowledge is a basic building block that will carry them throughout their educational journey and into the twenty-first century. In addition to PC technology, the teachers incorporate overhead projectors, VCRs, video cameras, and digital projectors into their repertoire of teaching tools.
Computer skills are easily incorporated into these four subject areas. A PC network supports each classroom with at least two PCs for the sixteen students, a printer, and educational software designed to enhance learning in these subject areas. Students are required to access this educational software and the Internet for class projects. Examples of some of these projects include publishing, spreadsheets, and associated charts and graphs. Classes have researched Greek architecture and Greek culture, national authors’ lives, mathematicians’ accomplishments, whale watching, the American Civil War, and Africa. To ensure that all eighth graders receive adequate preparation for the North Carolina Computer Skills Test, Magellan has developed a computer skills program. This program focuses on enhancing the students’ knowledge of word processing, database, spreadsheet, multi-media presentations, and graphics. Students are also instructed on the ethics of computer use. As a part of their integrated language arts/social studies curriculum, eighth-grade students utilize PowerPoint to produce multimedia presentations. Technology is not simply found in PCs and the Internet. Students use laser video discs, pH probes, scientific calculators, VCRs, video cameras, digital cameras, and overhead projectors to enhance their learning. Technology has been successfully integrated into the curriculum at Magellan and into the daily lives of its students and staff. We have made great progress, and we continue to look for new ways to utilize technology that will benefit the educational experiences of our students. Technology is an ever-evolving process. We embrace this fact and continually seek new ways to make state-of-the-art technology a primary component of Magellan’s curriculum.
All Policies, procedures and guidelines have been updated to include the fundamentals of 21st Century Education and Information & Technology Skills and to be consistent with our current technology mission and corresponding technology plan.
Materials Selection Policy (GS §115c-98(b))
Disposal of Equipment / Replacement of Obsolete Equipment (GS §115c-518)
Hardware and Software Procurement (GS § 115c-522, 115c-522.1)
Copyright and Plagiarism Policy (PL §94-553, 90 Stat. 2541),
Acceptable Use Policy (PL §106-554)
Donation Policy (GS §115C-518)
Inventory Control Policy (GS §115c-539, 115c-102.6A-C(5))
Access to Services Policy (GS §115c-106.2)
Advertising and Commercialism Policy (GS §115c-98) (Procurement and gifts ethics)
Internet Safety and Ethical Use including Cyberbullying and Harassment(Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, CIPA, FERPA, GS 115C-407
Student Device Distribution (Still in draft)
Instructional Use of Videos (In review)