Software

 

At Alcott, the technology is used as a tool for teachers to deliver curriculum and for students to create and publish their own work.  We look to utilize open-ended software wherever possible since such tools give teachers and students the freedom to integrate the software into many different curriculum areas.

Through the use of technology, teachers can:

  • Make the classroom more engaging and more effective;
  • Adapt the curriculum to individual learning styles;
  • Use multimedia to help students make connections between abstract concepts and the world around them;
  • Provide simulations that challenge students to perform real and authentic tasks;
  • Provide collaborative experiences that are engaging and respectful of student learning styles and interest levels;
  • Use the Internet to remove the walls of the classroom and allow learners access to primary sources of information, global peers, and the vast resources available online.
    • (CPS/CCRSD Technology Plan 2010-2015)

Here is a sampling of the technology software that our teachers and students use for a variety of purposes:

General Word Processing

  • Microsoft Word 2011
  • Google Apps For Education - Docs
  • iWork '09 - Pages
  • Open Office
  • Inspiration 8


Spreadsheets and Data Manipulation

  • Microsoft Excel 2011
  • Google Apps For Education - Sheets
  • iWork '09 - Numbers


Presentation Software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
  • Google Apps For Education - Slides
  • iWork '09 - Keynote
  • ActivInspire


Digital Storytelling, Movie, and Podcast Production

  • iLife '11 - iMovie
  • iLife '11 - iPhoto
  • iLife '11 - iDVD
  • iLife '11 - GarageBand
  • Audacity
  • SAM Animation


Digital Imagery

  • iLife '11 - iPhoto
  • Kid Pix Deluxe 3X
  • P2V
  • Proscope HR


Web Site Creation

  • iLife '11 - iPhoto
  • WordPress

Internet Usage

  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Chrome


Math Fact and Problem-Solving Practice

  • Fastt Math
  • Dreambox Learning
  • iReady


Reading Skill Development

  • Lexia Core5


Touch Typing

  • Type To Learn 4


Music Production

  • GarageBand
  • Music Ace
  • Finale PrintMusic 2011


Research

  • PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next
  • World Book Online
  • Discovery Education
  • BrainPop and BrainPop, Jr.

iPad Apps

  • Explain Everything
  • Book Creator
  • Puppet Pals HD
  • ComicBook
  • AudioBoom
  • and many more...