Welcome to Ms. Smith's Technology/Computer Class


About the Class

Middle School Technology here at Harrison is not your typical classroom! It's new, exciting, and pretty intense. Click here to find your child's grade level to discover more about what they are learning. Enjoy!


General Information about Middle School Computers

Thanks for visiting my website. This page is a list of basic rules, as well as the standards that I adhere to within my classroom.

I teach based on the National Education Technology Standards. Below are a list of those standards.


Technology Foundation

National Education Technology Standards for Students

Connecting Curriculum and Technology

 

1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression

c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues

d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities

2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures

d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

 

3. Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry

b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks

d. Process data and report results

 

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation

b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project

c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions

d. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions

 

5. Digital Citizenship

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

a. Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology

b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning

d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship

 

6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

a. Understand and use technology systems

b. Select and use applications effectively and productively

c. Troubleshoot systems and applications

d. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

 

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A Little bit about Ms. Smith

Originally from Texas, my parents moved us when I was in fourth grade, so I grew up in a very small town in southern Colorado, known as Weston.  It was so small that each day we had to travel by bus to from our elementary school to the local high school just to have lunch.  I received a BA from Adams state college in Alamosa in December 2001. After moving to Canon City, I began driving a school bus for the district, and working at McKinley elementary. That next school year, 2002, I began my teaching career with McKinley's 6th grade,teaching Science and Social Studies. The next year, I took a full time position teaching 6th grade at McKinley, where I stayed until Harrison was built. I then transferred over with the 6th grade class and taught math for a year.  I earned my Masters degree in Technology from Lesley University, and began my current position, Middle School Technology, which I truly love!

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