Friends of Third provides computers throughout the Third Street campus as well as the technology center classroom. Every K-through-5 classroom has at least two desktop computers, and over two-thirds of teachers employ a laptop for enrichment of lessons during class. and in the dedicated technology center. FOT also provides a full-time instructor to support weekly technology classes for all students in all grades. Friends of Third-funded technology staff provides ongoing professional development for faculty through in-service trainings and technology workshops. Through the use of technology, Third Street School will continue to support connection, communication, and environmental responsibility.

Technology Center

Third Street Elementary School boasts a state-of-the-art fully equipped Mac Lab that includes 34 new iMac computers (purchased by Friends of Third in 2014), laser printers, laptop and iPad carts, and various multi-media equipment for student use and production. Students in Kindergarten receive 30 minutes of technology instruction each week, and students in Grades 1-5 receive 45 minutes of instruction weekly. Classroom instruction is multi-disciplinary and comprehensive as our technology department works to align all lessons to California standards and provide differentiated instruction in the lab.

Classes are taught by Planet Bravo. For more information on week-to-week lessons, visit the Third Street Tech Lessons page. To see year-long curriculum goals for each grade, visit the Planet Bravo website.

Goals

Friends of Third also helps Third Street's technology program through involvement in the school's Technology Committee (comprised of faculty, parents, and administrators) to oversee curriculum goals and overall growth of our technology program.

Grade levels receive instruction directed to their unique needs, capabilities and applications of technology.

By the completion of grade 5 at Third Street, students will learn technology skills that range from the following: buiding typing skills; gathering information from electronic sources; internet ethics and online safety; creating tables, charts, and matrices; utilizing freeware and online testing; developing presentations and documents; responsible online communications; gathering text and image resources; and using technology to complete tasks in faster, more efficient, and more productive ways.