McKinley Avenue Elementary School

T E C H N O L O G Y

Overview

McKinley Avenue Elementary School is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District Ten Schools Program. The mission of the Ten Schools Program is to provide an instructional program and an organizational design that is language intensive and will reverse the pattern of poor academic achievement of African-Americans and other students in predominately Latino, African-American, Asian and other non-Anglo schools. This will be accomplished by a home/school partnership.

McKinley Avenue Elementary School serves a culturally and ethnically diverse student population from South Central Los Angeles. We are a Title I school with a variety of specialized programs inclusive of:

  • School Readiness Language Development Program (SRLDP)
  • Gifted and Talented Program
  • Full-time School Psychologist, Counselor, Nurse, PSA Counselor
  • Project Ahead
  • Urban Classroom Teacher Program (UCTP)
     

There is a need to provide communities and populations of need with greater access to the benefits of the National Information Infrastructure. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment where all students will receive a high quality education. Our emphasis will be on developing a life long love of learning for success and growth within our multicultural society inclusive of a high technology education, which will prepare our students for the future.

Our students come from low-income, inner-city neighborhoods. These students are academically  "at risk." This lack of success at the elementary school level impacts preparedness for future education and the ability to compete in the technologically oriented workplace of the 21st century.
 

Executive Summary

Using computers in school should be a basic part of education for the following important reasons:

(1) to facilitate learning in all subjects

(2) to develop language and problem solving skills

(3) to provide access to current information inaccessible from text books

(4) to enable students to compete in a high technology society

(5) to communicate with others on an international level.

All students will learn to use computer technology through interdisciplinary multimedia projects.

Students will enhance their reading and writing skills in Standard English

(and/or their primary language) by using computers to communicate.

Using computers for group projects will teach students necessary life skills,

such as working in teams cooperatively and collaboratively.

Students will manage and complete projects by persisting and demonstrating pride in their accomplishments.

Students will share information and skills through peer and cross-age tutoring.

Needs Assessment

  • At a time of rapid technological advancement in industry and society, technology at McKinley Avenue Elementary School is inadequate. Today's students and tomorrow's citizens must have access to extensive sources of information, must be able to process information quickly and must be able to communicate and share information rapidly and effectively. Visual and communications technologies are essential to this process.

  • Parent-teacher communication is limited due to time and language barriers.

     
  • The majority of teachers at McKinley Avenue Elementary School have had some training to increase their technical proficiency; however, most feel limited in their ability to efficiently integrate technology into their curriculum.

Goals

  • School Site
    To provide all students with access to state of the art technology as well as basic, intermediate and advanced technological skills that will prepare them for a future based on information dissemination via technology and the information superhighway.

  • Other School Sites
    To create a "virtual community" within the Ten Schools Program via electronic bulletin boards, telecommunication, interactive learning, and cooperative planning, as well as communication between school sites, classrooms and libraries.

     
  • Community
    To be a part of a larger virtual community and learning consortium as part of the middle schools, high schools and Local District I.
     

Overall Objectives

 

School Site
  • Establish a hard wire network Internet communication system among all the classrooms, the library and the school offices.
  • Install computers, servers, computer furniture, printers and necessary networking hardware in classrooms, library, and school offices.
  • Establish a local area network (LAN) e-mail system among all the classrooms, the library, and the office.
  • Install multimedia servers in the library.
  • Install bar coding system and/or Electra book check out system in the library.
  • Establish a school-based Internet home page from which students and parents can access homework assignments, lesson plans, calendar of events, and general school information.
  • Establish an inter-school e-mail/message system inclusive of all the classrooms, the school offices, the parent room, and the library.
Among School Sites
  • Establish an ISDN line and computer at each site dedicated for e-mail communication.
  • Establish a central location that will facilitate the transfer of information among classrooms and offices including video presentation, computer data retrieval and general voice and picture communication.
Community
  • Install and/or upgrade computerized telephone systems at McKinley Avenue Elementary School.
  • Install multimedia computer and video conferencing centers in the school.
  • Establish an Internet home page with a bulletin board of both school-based and community-based events.

Grade Level Specific Objectives

Pre-Kindergarten - Kindergarten

  • Recognition of letters and shapes
  • Introduction to beginning computer terminology inclusive of external computer parts
  • Develop beginning keyboarding skills
  • Develop hand-eye coordination via point and click mouse skills
  • Develop beginning word processing skills using the writing process
  • Reinforcement of grade level instructional concepts

First Grade

  • Continue developing keyboarding skills
  • Review of beginning computer terminology inclusive of external computer parts
  • Refine point and click mouse skills
  • Continue to develop beginning word processing skills using the writing process
  • Introduction of the usage of basic tools to create graphics in programs
  • Develop memory and concentration skills
  • Reinforcement of grade level instructional concepts

Second Grade

  • Refine keyboarding skills and typing skills
  • Review of computer terminology inclusive of external and internal peripheral devices
  • Introduction to intermediate word processing skills such as preparing reports, making journal entries, book reports and other word processing capabilities
  • Introduction to the integration of illustrations with word processing documents
  • Introduction of the usage of intermediate skills to create illustrations and animated graphics in programs
  • Reinforcement of grade level instructional concepts

Third Grade

  • Refine keyboarding skills and typing skills
  • Review of computer terminology inclusive of external and internal peripheral devices
  • Develop intermediate word processing skills such as preparing reports, making journal entries, book reports, creating books and other word processing capabilities
  • Introduction to the integration of illustrations with word processing documents
  • Reinforcement of grade level instructional concepts
  • Introduction to multimedia capabilities such as research via CD-ROM libraries, multimedia projects, and future Internet access
  • Introduction of other basic applications such as spreadsheets and databases
  • Introduction of network awareness (via remote control and multi-screen display)

Fourth Grade

  • Refine advanced keyboarding skills such as short cuts, function keys, etc. and advanced typing skills
  • Introduction of intermediate to advanced computer terminology inclusive of internal and external hardware
  • Introduction of basic troubleshooting skills, especially printing problems
  • Develop intermediate to advanced word processing skills such as preparing reports, making journal entries, writing newsletters and other word processing capabilities
  • Reinforcement of grade level instructional concepts
  • Continue building skills in basic applications such as spreadsheets and databases
  • Develop multimedia skills such as conducting research via CD-ROM libraries, multimedia projects, and future Internet access
  • Utilize digital camera and color scanner with newsletters
  • Modify photos and pictures taken with the digital camera and/or reproduced on the scanner
  • Introduce network awareness with (localized) e-mail and remote control and multi-screen displays

Fifth Grade

  • Refine advanced keyboarding skills such as short cuts, function keys, etc. and advanced typing skills
  • Introduction of intermediate to advanced computer terminology inclusive of internal and external hardware
  • Develop basic troubleshooting skills, especially printing problems
  • Develop intermediate to advanced word processing skills such as preparing reports, making journal entries, writing newsletters and other word processing capabilities
  • Reinforcement of grade level instructional concepts
  • Continue building skills in basic applications such as spreadsheets and databases
  • Develop multimedia skills such as conducting research via CD-ROM libraries, multimedia projects, and future Internet access
  • Utilize digital camera and color scanner with newsletters
  • Modify photos and pictures taken with the digital camera and/or reproduced on the scanner
  • Reinforcement of network awareness with (localized) e-mail and chat rooms

Outcome

Technical Requirements

  1. Hardware Equipment/Requirements
    • A bank of six multimedia computers in each classrooms
    • One multimedia teacher station in each classroom
    • One multimedia G3 Power Mac server for the Library
    • One CD-ROM tower server for the Library
    • One read/write CD-ROM drive
    • One digital camera for each grade level
    • One networkable color laser printer
  2. Software Requirements
    • Hyper Studio
    • Kid Pix Studio
    • Inspiration
    • Kidspiration
    • Remote control program to control computers from one teacher station source
    • Video editing software
    • Various academic-based software
  3. Network Requirements
    • Cables
    • ISDN lines
    • Ports for the jacks
    • Hubs
    • Routers
    • Ethernet cards
    • Zoning software

Instructional

As a means to enhance our goals, this project is a collaboration of interested stakeholders at McKinley Avenue Elementary. The theme of our project is Using the Internet to Interconnect With the World. Electronic networking will be used to reach out to new information sources, new people and to make connections between the past and future. Students as well as adults will be involved in this exploration.

  1. Core Technology Curriculum
    Students will become proficient at using the keyboard and other basic computer components as well as software, video cameras, video editing equipment, and electronic and video informational networking.
  2. Teachers Networking and Professional Development
    Interactive video and electronic networking will facilitate teacher and paraprofessional training and communication by allowing greater access to instruction, lesson planning, wider participation in staff development and more opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals to share ideas and solve problems. The consortium arrangement will ensure opportunities for coordinated calendars for staff development, articulation and shared resources. Teacher and paraprofessional training sessions and refresher courses will be offered during staff development to keep the staff abreast of technological breakthroughs.
  3. Sharing Student Experiences Between Classrooms
    Classes engaged in related experiences will be able to share knowledge and activities across grade levels. Special activities and guest speakers can reach more than one class simultaneously. Students at different school sites can work on joint projects and share their experiences with students across the district. Student performances can be shared among school sites.
  4. Computers and Video in the Classroom
    Teachers will have access to video and laser on demand to enhance the educational program. They will be able to access prerecorded information (such as CNN Science, Technology Today, and the NASA channel) immediately. Teachers will have access to satellite.

Administrative

  1. Student Information Management
    School-to-school links within the Ten Schools via the electronic bulletin board will enable administrators to share records, planning materials, and other resource information for enrollment, registration, emergency and security purposes. Electronic and video links will also allow the Ten Schools to enter school business from their own schools more often.
  2. Calendar Planning
    Access to the calendars, via the electronic bulletin board, of all participating schools will allow us to plan more efficiently by avoiding scheduling conflicts and being able to participate in relevant activities at other schools.

Parent Education and Involvement

The parent involvement program will increase parent participation in the academic program through improved communication with advanced technologies including computerized telephone systems, multimedia computers at McKinley Avenue Elementary School, and parent education seminars in technology uses.

Implementation

We propose a four-phase approach to create a LAN system at McKinley Avenue Elementary School.

Phase 1 (July 2002 - June 2003)

Outfit each classroom with at least two multimedia computers
Install a multimedia workstation in the library
Purchase digital cameras, photo editing software, color inkjet printers, and color scanner
Acquire television monitor cards
Computer training for staff
Update Needs Assessment
Seek outside funding
Continue curriculum development and technology integration
Purchase router and hubs
Install an ISDN line and router

Status: At various stages of completion.

Phase 2 (July 2003 - June 2004)

Plan for resource training
Continue computer training for staff
Update Needs Assessment
Continue to seek outside funding
Continue curriculum development and technology integration

Status: Planning stage

Phase 3 (July 2004 - June 2005)

Network classroom computers with access to the Internet and Local Area Network (LAN)
Network classroom computers on local area network using Ethernet cards
Upgrade electrical wiring
Continue staff and curriculum development
Update needs assessment
Continue to write grants and proposals
Start parent training

Status: Planning stage

Phase 4 (July 2005 - June 2006)

Add multiple servers with minimum 20 gigabytes of memory linking classroom with software
Outfit each class with minimum of four computers
Continue staff training
Continue to write grants and proposals

Status: Planning stage