As our students and teachers are sure to agree, Ashburn Elementary School is very fortunate to have access to cutting-edge technology resources. We have four Dell Optiplex 755 desktop computers in each Kindergarten through Third grade classroom. Grades Four and Five have two desktops and two Dell Latitude D630 laptops in every room. We also have one computer lab with 29 student workstations, a mobile lab consisting of 22 laptops and a wireless color printer, a color printer in each classroom, color and black and white laser printers in the lab, a wireless network , Internet access via a T1 line, digital still cameras, digital video cameras, digital audio recorders, scanners, a Promethean ActivBoard in every room, 64 Promethean Activotes, an ELMO document camera in every room, one mobile SMART board, and a long list of software applications. However, even more impressive than the actual resources, is what our students and teachers are able to accomplish using these tools.
Access is only one component of effectively using computers in a school building. Our true focus is on the integration of the technology into an already robust curriculum. By combining technology and instruction, learning experiences are enhanced because not only are students able to synthesize and expand their understanding of subject matter, but they can also communicate that new knowledge in interesting, engaging ways.
Our commitment to technology integration is best evidenced through the multitude of projects conceived by our teachers. These projects included interactive web sites and on-line simulations as well as utilization of software to reinforce skills and to access information. As a result, students are able to create products, including graphic-enhanced creative writings, timelines, brochures, research projects, and multimedia presentations, which showcase their knowledge and computer skills. Focusing on integration, our staff strives to use technology in creative, educationally-sound ways to support the curriculum and to promote student achievement. At Ashburn Elementary School technology and learning really do go hand-in-hand.