Instructional Technology focuses on the integration of technology into curricula. Technology is simply an instructional tool and not a content. Good technology integration supports and extends curricular goals. It is meant to engage students and staff in order to be 21st Century learners. It is the tool that allows for investigation, participation in groups, and connections with subject experts.
The goal of SMCPS is to have collaborative, project-based, interdisciplinary learning. Technology skills are integrated into curriculum to enhance the meaning of the content. The Maryland Technology Literacy Standards for Students, Teachers and Administrators were approved by the Maryland State Board of Education in 2007. Since technology is ever changing, these standards are designed to set minimum expectations.
SMCPS utilizes a variety of technology to create classrooms where active learning occurs. The Department of Information Technology supports instruction through its procurement of technology tools.
Common to all schools:
- Computers (desktop and laptops) - both Windows and Mac platform
- Interactive Whiteboards - SMART Boards and Promethean Boards
- Document Cameras
- Wireless Slates (students and teachers interact with the interactive whiteboards from anywhere in the room)
- Probeware - PASCO and Vernier probes