Embracing 21st century skills for teaching and learning, CCCS has developed a technology plan that focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation as well as communication and collaborative information gathering and use and digital productivity.
Embracing the STEM/STEAM, CCCS has expanded its vision to include the inclusion of a broad array of disciplines within an already strong curriculum. CCCS students engage in STEAM activities that address the whole person, giving students a well-rounded curriculum that ensures that they are exposed to a broad range of areas within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and arts. CCCS recognizes that in the real world, the content knowledge of traditional approaches should not be a static part of the curriculum. Instead, it is interwoven and layered. CCCS further recognizes that STEAM skills are vital for success in the 21st century and critical to our collective future. Throughout the grades and subjects, emphasis is placed on developing the skills of collaboration, cooperation and communication in students.
Using the lens of the STEM philosophy, students at all levels master skills and competencies that will enable them to interact in a technologically sophisticated world beyond elementary school.
Basically, the approach to technology instruction at CCCS is an integrated one. While there is specific technology instruction in Kindergarten through fifth grade, technology use is integrated throughout all curricular areas and grade levels. Students are taught basic computer use initially focusing on keyboarding skills and moving on to information gathering and the development of proficiency in current and emerging technologies. In order to effectively use information and succeed in a world where technology is a central element, technology instruction at CCCS emphasizes identifying and differentiating the vast and diverse array of information resources, knowing how to access information from a variety of sources and learning how to evaluate credible sources. These focal points are reinforced when students engage with technology in the content areas.
Students are given in-depth instruction on the usage of different applications, including but not limited to, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel as well as Smart Board applications.
In grade 6, students take a Makers Class where the STEM/STEAM initiatives are very evident. In the Makers Class, technology is used to research, create and implement objects, games, structures, all of which utilize sound engineering principles. Students work on collaborative teams where design and problem-solving decisions are made corporately using consensus building. This gives students an additional edge in a world where collaborative skills are valued and necessary for success.