At Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, the technology curriculum is designed to educate students in new and technologically advanced skills; encourage students to use these skills in all areas of learning; and enforce these skills every day to increase their productivity in all areas of their schoolwork.
In elementary school, students learn:
- The appropriate use of computer resources
- Basic operation skills
- Input/output devices
- Graphic application
- Word processing
- Appropriate online collaborative tools
- Microsoft Suite Programs
Students also utilize various software programs in their computer and core curriculum classes throughout the year, such as:
- Khan Academy
- And more…
At Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School, the Middle School computer and technology curriculum aims to empower students with the necessary skills and competencies of the 21st century. New and innovative tools are used to help students collaborate, innovate, and create solutions to everyday problems. In collaboration with both general and Armenian studies coursework, computers are utilized as tools to enhance and enrich the curriculum.
In conjunction with academic coursework, all students use word processing, spreadsheets, graphing, and presentation programs. Students develop research skills, organizational techniques, project management skills, and increase their accountability in their own work using the Internet and web 2.0 applications.
The technology labs and the library technology "bar" are used to enhance instruction in core curriculum classes as well. However; students need to follow the school’s Acceptable Use Policy anytime they utilize technology in and out of school.
Within a project-based environment, Middle School students experience an overview of varied computer applications. Students gain experience with social responsibility, internet safety and research, information and media literacy, general computer skills, and an overview of:
- Acceptable Use Policy + Digital Citizenship
- Microsoft Office Suites
- Google Docs
- E-mail and electronic communication etiquette
- Using online collaborative tools
- File Management
- Digital Imaging/Photography
- Web/Graphic Design
- Video game design
- Digital media
The integration of technology is also prominent in most of our classrooms, some of which utilize the Flipped Classroom model. This model flips the traditional teaching methods to online teacher-created and student-created videos and interactive lessons, which are presented to the class in advance and accessed by scholars at home. When students return to the classroom, they engage in activities and solve problems based on the concepts viewed in the online educational videos.