Ashby Elementary School

Computer Lab


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Search Engines



What are my responsibilities as a technology user?

With adult supervision, all students have access to computers and the Internet. New technologies are changing the ways that information may be accessed, communicated, and transferred. These technological shifts also offer the opportunity to enhance instruction and student learning.

Technology use begins in kindergarten. Kindergarten is a great place to start teaching the children about the benefits that computer use and the Internet have to offer as they begin their learning journey. The Internet is filled with valuable information that will assist children as they discover new concepts and reinforce those previously learned.

Throughout the year, all children will continually learn how to use the Internet as an educational tool. In the fall, the focus will be Internet safety and how they can responsibly use the Internet to access quality information.
Teachers will actively supervise student's use of the computer, peripherals and/or Internet access. Students will access Internet resources, which the teacher has previously explored and selected. Teachers will make every effort to ensure that students are directed to sites with only age-and topic-appropriate material and resources.

The use of computers and other technology tools is a privilege that comes with special responsibilities. Through direct instruction, online activities and discussion, your child will learn to be a responsible user of technology.

How can understanding technology make me a better student?

Helping your child answer this question is why I am here. My goal is to have your child become a better learner. Technology is a tool, just as a pencil, paper, and textbooks are. I teach your child how to use this tool to improve their learning experience, to become a better student.

As an Educational Technology Specialist, my curriculum is driven by the Massachusetts State Frameworks. In other words, there are certain standards that the state sets in the area of technology literacy.

For the K-4 grade level the technology standards are broken down into three strands:

  • Ethics and Safety
  • Research, Problem Solving, and Communication
  • Use of Computers and Applications

Each of these strands is further broken down into topics and grade levels. For example: The strand, Use of Computers and Applications, has four topics in second grade:

  • Basic Operations
  • Database and Spreadsheet
  • Internet and Multimedia
  • Word Processing and Desktop Publishing


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 Search Engines

Following are several great search engines especially designed for kids.
LITTLE EXPLORERS makes surfing the Internet very easy. A picture-dictionary format is used to link to hundreds of carefully-chosen child-friendly sites around the world. Since the pictures are links, even pre-readers can surf with a minimum of help and guidance from their favorite adult. Older kids can use Little Explorers as a school reference.



Fast Food Fun!   Click here for the record sheet.
  Use this to find the recommended daily calories for kids!
Spreadsheet Activity: As you work on your project involving data collection and data display refer to the information provided here to make the charts and graphs using a Claris Works spreadsheet file.



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