"Don't forget to check Schoology when you go to do your homework tonight" is a common instruction you may hear Brentwood faculty members announce toward the end of a class period. Faculty at Brentwood School have used a Learning or Course Management System (LMS) for many years and, for the past four years, we have used Schoology as our standard. Schoology offers many excellent and useful features to our academic community and, as our faculty and students grow more comfortable with Schoology, and Schoology continues to develop more robust tools and features in their system, you will most likely hear your child bring up Schoology more often...
Below is a list of our overarching Educational Technology goals. These are informed by the work of the American Library Association (ALA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21.org)
- Digital ethics: onlineprivacy, copyright/fair use, responsibility, appropriate use
- Digital communication: choosing and effectively using different digital tools (like Powerpoint, Pixton, Voicethread, Google Sites, iMovie, etc.) to deliver a message
- Online collaboration: Schoology, blogging, wikis, Twitter, email, etc.
- Innovation: simulations, problem solving, invention, construction, etc.
- Information literacy: library and research skills, effective Internet and library database searching, citation tools and methods
- Media literacy: understanding how message delivery is effected by the tools being used, devloping the ability to understand and judge media
Here are some of the digital tools that students are using in the Lower School computer classroom:
Schoology - Learning Management System (LMS) that makes it easy for teachers to create and share academic content. Used with students starting in grade four.
Google Apps for Education - Web-based email (Gmail), documents (Docs) and websites (Sites) for collaborative study. Used with students starting in grade four.
Discovery Education - Online resources for teachers to enhance and accelerate student achievement.
Library LibGuides - Online library resources for teachers and students to use when working on class projects. Compiled by Yapha Mason, Lower School Librarian.
Kid Pix Deluxe - Creativity software designed for students to explore and discover drawing, painting, stamp, animation and sound tools.
My Digital Studio - Digital design software used to create cards and scrapbook pages that includes customizations such as backgrounds, embellishments, and digital punchouts.
Ultrakey Typing - Keyboarding program designed to teach children how to type.
Inspiration - Software that enables students to easily create and update graphic organizers, concept maps and idea maps.
Kidspiration - Visual thinking software that helps students develop thinking, organization, literacy and numeracy skills.
Adobe Design Suite - Powerful creativity design tools that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver.
Microsoft Office - Production tools that includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
VoiceThread - A web-based digital storytelling tool that allows users to share their stories through audio, images, video and/or text. It also allows viewers to make comments on their stories in various ways.
Storybird - Online storytelling tool that uses art to inspire writing.
Below are links to some helpful content that will assist in your explorations of technology with your child(ren).
Lower School Education Technology Resources: this visual table of contents offers access to the many resources used by Lower School students.
Common Sense Media ~ Reviews & Advice
Reviews and top picks for movies, games, apps, websites, etc.
Common Sense Learning Ratings
Discover the best learning apps, games and website products for your kids.
Checklist that parents can use to guide conversations with their kids about media use.
Internet Safety Guide for Kids
Tips for keeping your kids safe online.
"As certain high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects..."