- Claire Engle, Program Supervisor
- (732) 751-2480 x3844
Howell Township is among the most technologically advanced school districts, ranking number nine in 2004 and number five in 2005 by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association as one of the Top 10 Digitally Advanced school districts in the nation.
Instructional technology is a vital part of our students' education. Formal Computer instruction occurs in first through eighth grades. Students are taught general systems operating functions, computer hardware, Internet navigation and etiquette, research skills, spreadsheets, database usage, multimedia presentations, desktop publishing, and web page design. Computer instruction takes place in our schools' computer labs, which consists of 26 Apple desktop computers in the elementary schools and 28 Dell desktops in the middle schools.
Computers with Internet access and curriculum related software are integrated in all classrooms, which are equipped with five student computers and an instructional station that is connected to a mounted LCD projector. In the past two years, the district has implemented mobile technology, which allows us to bring an entire lab directly into the classroom to enhance learning. Teachers are incorporating technology into the classroom as an instructional tool to facilitate learning in all subject areas, which provides the most meaningful learning experiences for students. This use of technology helps students gain knowledge of content through independent or collaborative projects, which allows them to learn at their own developmental paces, using their individual learning styles.
Spotlight on Computers and Instructional Technology
Computer Lab WebPages
What You Can Teach Your Child about Technology
Here are some suggestions:
- People control technology, and technology can be used for activities that are meaningful to people.
- Technology can take different forms, as in calculators, telephones, and tape recorders. It provides different, useful things in a variety of ways.
- Technology has rules that control how it works. Objects must have a source of power they have plugs or batteries; computers must have instructions either built-in or provided by the user.
- Computer programs require different ways of organizing thinking. Some will ask you to match and rhyme, others will give you the freedom to draw or paint whatever you wish.
Appropriate computer programs can promote dialog between you and your child, as well as build upon problem-solving skills. They also offer opportunities for shared experiences between parents and children.
Checking out good software for your children:
- To determine a product's appropriateness for a child's current level of development, parents should evaluate the skill list and activities as described on the package, and preview the product through store demonstration or a friend's computer.
- Select software that engages children's interest by encouraging children to laugh and use their imagination in exploring.
- Select software that offers variety: children can explore a number of topics on different levels.
- Select software that uses pictures and spoken instructions is beneficial for younger children.
- Select software that allows children to control the level of difficulty, the pace and direction of the program.
- Select software that provides children with quick feedback, so they stay interested.
- Select software that appeals to children through interesting sights and sounds.