Foster was the winner of a Hands On Learning grant that purchased 30 handheld computers for students. Students use them for recording and listening to their reading fluency, complete and create problem solving skills in math, record and analyze data on spredsheets, and most importantly, play Bubble Breaker!!
Foster was the lucky winner of a CPS (Classroom Performance System). The system contains 32 remote controls and a sensor. Students are able to respond to a multiple choice question by pushing the corresponding button on their remote. Their scores are recorded anonymously on the Smart Board but teachers can print grades with a push of a button. There is instant feedback. Test-taking has become a game!
The traveling laptop lab is being used by students for word processing, research on the Internet, health activities, and language arts.
Students take full advantage of the six computers in their classroom. They can easily access educational web sites and math games, type stories, and complete character webs in the "Kidspiration" software.
The computer program at Foster School reflects the school districtís belief that the primary purpose for studying computers is to learn how to use them as tools. The goal of the program is for all students at Foster School to develop the competency and confidence to use the computer as an instructional tool when doing so will make them more efficient and productive learners.
Each classroom now has six new DELL computers. The studentsí early computer lessons are designed to teach the proper way to interact with hardware and a variety of software programs that correlate to specific curriculum areas such as math and language arts. As students become more skilled, they use computers to manage problem solving experiences. Word processing is introduced in first grade and it remains a major focus for the remaining years of elementary school. All children use the computer to type, edit, import graphics and print reports. Access to the districtís electronic communications systems is provided for students for educational purposes.