Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School

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Technology

Vision & Goals:

To prepare students for the 21st century, the school believes that it is imperative to integrate information and communication technologies into education, and has therefore identified it as one of its ESLR’s:

 

“Chamlian students will utilize technology with competence through the development of 21st century technical skills to compete in the global community, by becoming proficient in locating, accessing, organizing, evaluating and applying information for a complex and technological world, and by becoming empowered and well-rounded learners capable of efficiently and effectively using emerging digital technologies, while practicing safe, secure, and ethical computing.”

 

The technology implementation at Chamlian is designed as a cloud-based instruction into various kinds of technology, providing a launching pad for further college study and real-life application. Recognizing the challenges faced as members of a global society, we fully embrace the mission and vision of Chamlian, and seek application of these values in today's technologically enhanced world.

 

Technology Access for each Grade Level:

Every classroom is equipped with a Smartboard and Document Camera as digital tools to foster 21st century learning. Chamlian has adopted five Chromebook carts to be shared amongst the K-8th grade teachers. We have continued to advance our technological tools by incorporating Houghton Mifflin’s online reading portal as an additional resource. The online portal is an all in one learning site that provides access to digital books, writing tasks, interactive activities and multiple resources to practice evidence-based writing.

 

Google Apps for Education (GAFE based Curriculum):

The Chromebook is a personal computer designed to work with Google Apps for Education (“GAFE”) web-based applications. Chamlian integrates GAFE (Google Apps for Education) as a means of building organizational skills, document creation, and submit writing assignments using Google Classroom. The school’s administration, faculty and students were all provided with gmail accounts to access Google Apps for Education and re-design the curriculum to align it with GAFE.

 

As part of our teacher professional development, our teachers at Chamlian are trained to integrate google apps and chromebook laptops into their lessons effectively. As a result, teachers frequently utilize Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Classroom as a tool for student collaboration opportunities.

 

Technology Courses:


K-2nd Grade Classes:

 

Our Kindergarten-2nd grade students concentrate on acquiring beginning technology skills with a strong focus on developing typing skills, digital citizenship, and an introduction to our google apps platform.

 

3rd-8th Grade Classes:

 

Our 3rd-8th grade students will combine these technology skills to shift to a more collaborative learning approach through our interactive STEAM program. This class involves problem and project-based learning through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education. These steam lessons are focused on real-life issues and will be guided by the Design Thinking learning framework. Design Thinking is a collaborative approach to problem solving and a step-by-step process for creating solutions. This program is designed to give students the chance to apply their technology skills and encourage students to think critically, solve problems and develop team building skills through a relevant learning environment.

 

21st Century Learning:

Chamlian utilizes the SAMR model to evaluate the level of technology use integrated in the curriculum. SAMR is a hierarchical model that stands for substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. Technology integration in the substitution level is low-use, and redefinition is identified as the highest quality, geared towards a student-centered learning approach. The substitution and augmentation level are models implemented to enhance student learning, while modification and redefinition are the desired models applied to transform learning. The quality use of technology integration at Chamlian uses the SAMR model to measure its impact on teaching and learning.

 

 

Technology access at Chamlian has created a tool to transform teaching and learning, especially as a method for increased communication and collaboration. Chamlian’s tech-driven curriculum encourages our teachers to implement these new skills to help re-define the role of learning. Ultimately, our goal is for technology to not just enhance the curriculum, but transform instructional practice to better equip our students as digital citizens.