School Technology

Mr. Michael McCarthy

 Technology Teacher & Coordinator



Welcome to the Vaughn Road Elementary School Technology page. This page is intended to provide you with a brief overview of the Technology equipment that is used regularly at Vaughn Road as well as information about the Alabama Technology Courses of Study.

Classroom Technology:

Each classroom at Vaughn Road is equipped with multiple desktop computer work stations for the children’s use.  Each teacher selects age appropriate and subject specific activities for the students to complete while on the computers.  Stride Academy is one program that is available to all grade levels and provides the children with extra Math, Reading, Language, and Science help utilizing an adaptive, coin based platform.  When a child answers a question correctly, coins are earned.  Earned coins are used to purchase game time within the program.  The children really enjoy Stride Academy!

Another program that is frequently used, especially in grades K – 2 is the “More Starfall” website.  The More Starfall website license is purchased by the school each year to expand the content of the basic Starfall website.  More Starfall provides children in primary grades Phonics, Reading, Language, and Math support through games, stories and songs.  The site includes a teachers’ resource area which our teachers access regularly.  The More Starfall site is easily navigated by young children independently and the activities are also suited to hands on instruction with the whole class using the Smart Board. 

Smart Boards:
Every classroom at Vaughn Road is equipped with an interactive Smart Board and digital projector.  Teachers utilize the Smart Boards for hands on, interactive activities frequently.  In addition, the Smart Boards allow teachers to display digital resources to the students during the course of instruction.  Many of the textbook publishers provide digital content that can be used to enhance instruction.  Our teachers also frequently seek out additional resources.  Online journals and publications, videos, and websites are just a mouse click away and can easily be displayed for the entire class on the Smart Board.

Mobile Technology:
Many of Vaughn Road’s classrooms have an I-Pad available as well.  Students often use the I-Pads during “Center Time” to access learning applications just as if they were on a computer.  The I-pads are also frequently used during Small Group instruction to provide access to digital instructional resources needed for a specific group of students.

Additional I-Pads are available in the Computer Lab for teachers to check out for group activities that require students to have individual access to technology.  This year, Vaughn Road is also extremely excited to have a mobile computer lab comprised of Chromebooks available for teachers to check out for projects and lessons requiring individual student access to a computer. 

Technology For Assessments:
Once again, for the 2018 - 2019 school year Vaughn Road will be completing the required yearly State Assessments on computer. This is a shift from the traditional paper and pencil testing forms from years past.  The mobile Chromebook lab allows us to set up a second testing location in addition to the Computer Lab which will allow us to complete the testing in a timely manner.  The regular Computer Lab is comprised of 30 desktop work stations.  Our mobile Chromebook lab has a total of 29 Chromebooks, nearly doubling the number of children who can be tested during a testing session.

Contingent upon availability of funding, Vaughn Road will offer After-School tutoring to children in 3rd – 5th grades.  Participants in the After-School tutoring program work in the Compass Learning computer program focusing on Math, Reading, or Both.  Placement in the program is based off beginning of the year baseline testing scores.

Technology For Communication:
Technology plays an important role during the instructional day at Vaughn Road.  In addition to the ways previously mentioned, teachers routinely use email or text to communicate with parents.  Each teacher also utilizes Class Dojo or Remind 101 as a means of communicating with parents.  Dr. Lindsey is able to send out group calls to all the parents to provide necessary information in a timely manner. 

The school’s webpage is also a valuable resource for important information about the school as well as upcoming events.  The webpage also provides MANY pictures capturing the wonderful things that take place here at Vaughn Road.  Webpage updates are made frequently, often multiple times per week.  As the Technology Coordinator, I am responsible for keeping the page maintained and up to date.  If you take a picture with your phone while attending a Vaughn Road event, feel free to send it to my email:  I will try to include it on the website.  Be sure to include a brief description so I can share information about the picture on the site.

Technology Instruction:
At Vaughn Road we strive to fully address the standards of the Alabama Technology Course of Study.  This Course of Study is broken down into two grade bands – K thru 2 and 3 thru 5, meaning the same course of study standards apply to all students in Kindergarten, First, and Second grades.  Likewise, the standards for Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students are the same.  Computer lab activities cover many of the standards; however some are more easily covered in the general classroom during the course of regular instruction or with special projects assigned by the core subject teacher.

Provide below are links to the Alabama Technology Courses of Study for both K-2 and 3-5.

                                 K-2 Technology COS.pdf           3-5 Technology COS.pdf

Check out some of the fun and educational websites that Vaughn Road Students often use for class activities and skills review.  Click on the the subject tabs to display website links for each tab.

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