At ArtSpace Charter School, we follow an integrated, project-based approach, to the utilization of our technological tools. Students are encouraged to explore and apply various technological techniques to demonstrate their understanding of academic content. We build from the tactile in the early grades, to the concrete use of the tools in the upper elementary grades then moving to the creative application of these tools. As the tools change, from Smart Boards to tablets to laptops, the students learn new ways to access, decipher, and present information. Students begin by manipulating objects on a Smart Board, then move to research and reading on tablets, and finally to claymation and programming on laptops, as students progress in their understanding and utilization of increasingly complex tools and applications. ArtSpace allows students access to technology to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and curricula goals in creative and innovative ways, preparing them to be 21st century citizens.
Students use traditional tools such as word processing and Internet research in classroom settings. They also utilize multimedia programs such as GarageBand, PowerPoint, and iMovie to extend their presentation of ideas and concepts. Students express themselves through the creation of digital video and photography, virtual 3D worlds and structures, and stop-action movies. Students learn both Mac and PC platforms and have access to mobile computer labs, as well as an Explorations Lab for integrated projects. ArtSpace operates on a wireless network which gives each student in every class 100% access to the internet
Students in seventh and eighth grades may choose technology as an elective each quarter. Examples of technology offerings from the past include: live action video and movie making, stop action photography, virtual worlds, bridge design and robotics, coding, and digital music production.
For more information, please contact Mr. Steve.