Technology on Campus
Solomon Elementary is a multi-platform school, deploying a wide variety of devices on campus. Our students have access to Chromebooks, MacBooks, iPads, and iMac desktops. Students utilize a multitude of online programs in various subject areas.
Each student will be offered the use of a school chromebook to participate in the online learning portion of instruction.
Students and teachers may interact using multiple online learning resources. Solomon's Google for Education and Google Chromebook will enable us to be successful in online learning. Some of the tools that will be used include Google Suite, Google Classroom, Google Meets, Class Dojo, etc.
Over the past year, our school has been focusing on Close Reading, Problem Solving and Response to Intervention. Online programs that we subscribe to enable teachers to target students in need of specific skills and further provide differentiated learning and lessons for each individual student.
With the opening of our new school in August 2019, teachers have been utilizing wireless and laser technology. They are currently teaching with iPads and MacBook Air computers using AirPlay technology. Each classroom is equipped with a short-throw laser projector, interactive whiteboard and overhead speakers where students and teachers have the ability to use touch screen technology.
Moving forward, our school has initiated computer standards and a STEM curriculum. The State of Hawaii has adopted the Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) standards for all grade levels. The five areas of focus are as follows:
- Algorithms & Programming
- Computing Systems
- Data & Analysis
- Impacts of Computing
- Networks & the Internet
Kindergarten and First grade students will be taught computer standards by our Technology Essential Teacher. They will meet every seven days to address the grade level computer science standards. All students will participate in algorithms and programming by our Maker Space Essential Teacher.
STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Research has shown that STEM offers the following for students:
- fosters ingenuity and creativity
- Builds resilience
- Encourages experimentation
- Encourages teamwork
- Encourages knowledge application
- Encourages tech use
- Teaches problem-solving
- Encourages adaption
Our Maker Space essential program has allowed our students to create 3-D models, laser cut tags, ornaments, and stickers. All students will participate in the program being taught by our MakerSpace Essential Teacher. The program will also be offered as an after school club for a deeper dive into the subject area.
We are excited about our essential programs and are committed to continue focusing on student achievement.