Technology is a key aspect of curriculum and learning at Foothill Christian School. In a fast-paced, technology driven world our students must have the computer skills necessary to succeed in higher education and future careers. With over 100 student accessible computers in the classrooms and labs, plus large screen TV’s and projection units in every classroom, the use of interactive “Smart” board technology and key learning software programs FCS students become “world-class learners.” Our graduates have superior technology skills that support their learning at the most rigorous high schools and help them rise to the challenges required of a 21st century education!
Technology in the Classroom
Each classroom is equipped with one or more computers that are connected to the Internet and to our library card catalog system. Every teacher’s computer is connected to a large screen T.V. to enhance Power Point presentations, United Streaming video segments and other multi-media interactive programs. Our computers are loaded with award winning software that promotes critical thinking, creative expression and content learning. We have brought the “world and the best educational resources” right into the classrooms. They’re just a click away!
Key software programs include: Kid Pix 3D, Scholastic Reading, and Microsoft Office, Keynote, Pages, and Apple’s iLife Suite (iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, Garageband. and iWeb) Plus...United Streaming and Typing Pal.
Classrooms in the 2nd-5th grade and middle school enjoy the use of Interactive “Smart-boards.” This technology adds a powerful dynamic to instruction and enhances student interaction throughout the learning process. Our middle school also has a class set of iPads that are used to enhance their core curricular classes.
Technology in the Lab
Each student in 2nd-5th grades enjoys weekly 40-minute computer lessons. Teachers are always welcome to bring their classrooms to the computer lab for additional research and learning opportunities. In addition, the lab is open after school one day a week for student use. Times are listed below.
The After School Computer Lab will be open on Tuesdays 3:20-4:00. Special arrangements can be made by contacting Miss Rychen prior to.
Our grade level technology proficiencies are based on national standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). ISTE is recognized both nationally and internationally as a leader in technology education for students and staff alike. The skills for each year assume a mastery of the skills from the previous year.
Click here to view elementary computer learning goals by grade level.
Middle School Computer Electives
The middle school computer classes build upon the learning objectives from the elementary grades and launch the student into a whole new world of application and creativity. In these classes students learn to use consumer and professional software such as iMovie, iPhoto, Garage Band, and PowerPoint.
Jr. High computer electives include:
• Digital Photography
• Web Page Design
• Video Production
• Garage Band (Software Music Creation)
• PowerPoint- Presentational Speaking
For descriptions of JH Elective courses, click here.