Exemplary technology education at Polaris
Exposure to the tools of technology for learning begins as soon as students walk through the doors at Polaris:
Kindergartners and first graders are working on using databases to find information. First graders used these new skills to do research on an Australian animal last month. The database they used is called PebbleGo and may be accessed by students at home through the Polaris LION website (students can login with their last name and student ID number to most of these databases purchased by Denver Public Schools for student use at school and at home).
Third graders are currently working on inventing new words. They will create a class dictionary by compiling these new words and creating picture illustrations using Microsoft Word and Paint. Finished projects will be linked by classroom on the Polaris Technology website projects page.
Another database our Polaris Stars love is BrainPop. Our fifth graders were able to use this tool to create book trailers of their favorite picture books and share them with our second graders. The process provided a digital platform for each fifth grader to share their favorite picture book with technological flair for an authentic audience. Click here to view a few of these trailers. (In addition to the website, there are Android and iPad apps for BrainPop and BrainPop Jr.; students may access both programs with Username:dpspolaris, Password: dpsbrainpop.)
I also want to let families know that while third, fourth, and fifth graders are taking the required CMAS testing over the next few weeks, we are maintaining our fun atmosphere at school. Teachers throughout the building are supporting our students with fun activities to off-set testing and there is no homework! Today in fact, I observed in upper elementary classrooms and saw consistently rich instruction in math and social studies. Additionally, the specials teachers have worked diligently to ensure that students still enjoy their specials in art, music, library and P.E.
Principal Karin Johnson