Curriculum

Vision Statement

The cornerstone of lifelong learning is the ability to find and use information. The vision of the Information and Technology Literacy Curriculum is to ensure that all students in the Southington Public Schools are effective users and producers of ideas and information. Students will become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information. All students will be literate in a manner that will support their futures as independent, lifelong learners and as productive, well-informed citizens.

Our Goals Are:

  1. Identify information needs and determine possible resources for conducting research, communicating ideas, and producing works creatively and accurately.
  2. Brainstorm sources by recognizing appropriate resources and technologies through the working knowledge of the library media center.
  3. Gather and select appropriate resources to acquire information for the purpose of curricular and personal needs.
  4. Employ legal principles and ethical conduct related to information technology.
  5. Organize, interpret, analyze, and access information from a variety of sources and formats.
  6. Apply information technology to create original works to effectively share or present information.
  7. Judge the effectiveness and efficiency of the process and the product in communicating ideas.
  8. Recognize appreciate that contemporary and classical literature have shaped human thought.



Sample of Skills:

Students in all grades are learning the skill of touch typing through various websites and the online keyboarding program Type to Learn 4. Please visit the home page for links to these resources.

Kindergarten

  • create literature-related projects using graphic art software
  • locate and select books from different sections of the library media center

Grade 1

  • find information in a database and present facts using a word-processing program
  • locate and select appropriate resources in the library media center when seeking information on a topic

Grade 2

  • navigate to a variety of websites for a virtual field trip
  • search the online catalog to discover library resources including e-books

Grade 3

  • create an audio visual project using presentation software
  • evaluate the quality of resources for meeting information needs

Grade 4

  • use Web 2.0 tools to develop a collaborative research presentation
  • understand and practice the ethical use of information to avoid plagiarism

Grade 5

  • understand and employ safe strategies for using the Internet
  • evaluate websites using the criteria of relevance, readability, and reliability
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