The goal of the digital literacy program is to provide students with the library and technology skills they need to be successful in their current and future classes.
Students learn library and technology skills in designated digital literacy classes; these skills are also an integral part of the reading, English, science, social studies and math curricula. Students leave the Lower School having explored a variety of library resources and technologies they may use both in school and at home. Whenever students use the Internet, they learn how to be safe online and become familiar with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Students have access to computers in the library and in the PC and Mac labs, as well as a mobile lab of networked, wireless laptop computers that can be wheeled into any classroom.
Lower School students use a variety of library and technology resources and tools that may vary from year to year but primarily include:
• Nonfiction books
• Reference works
• Online encyclopedias and magazine databases
• Dictionaries, almanacs, and atlases
• Word processing software
• Graphic organizing software
• Presentation software
• Web browsers
• Keyboarding software
Third graders learn to use the library’s web site to locate print and online information independently as well as study the organization of the library. Third graders also build information literacy and technology skills, such as taking good notes and citing sources in their classroom projects. Students further their keyboarding skills and learn how to use the Fay network for saving, retrieving, and printing files.
Students who successfully complete the grade three digital literacy program will be able to:
- Use the library and its resources on a regular basis to find a book to read for pleasure or to search for information
- Access a variety of research sources and technology tools including books, websites, subscription databases, word processing software, presentation software and communication software
- Demonstrate the importance of citing all research sources and use information and technology ethically