Chisholm Trail campus technology provides a rich and challenging environment where students are encouraged to be creative. Instructor-led computer classes are directed weekly in a state-of-the-art iMac lab complemented with software tools that enrich grade-level curriculum. The computer lab syllabus offers a stimulating curriculum aligned to state standards that encompasses diverse skills—from word-processing and spreadsheets to graphic organizers and video-editing. Keyboarding is introduced in Third Grade.
Technology, however, is not limited to a computer lab. The elementary classroom is a model for technology integration, each equipped with 4 iMac computers, Elmo document camera, SMART interactive whiteboard, projector and speakers with subwoofer. A SMART interactive table rotates among Early Childhood, Kindergarten and First Grade.
STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is fostered in the elementary science lab. Students use MacBook Pro laptops, Vernier science probes, high-resolution USB microscopes and graphing software to more fully understand the science principles being taught.
Acting as a central hub for students and parents, the elementary library offers a mini computer lab to facilitate research and provide access to Accelerated Reader, the Internet and online database subscriptions. Wireless network is available throughout the campus.
Mobile devices in education take learning in a new direction. Reluctant learners can be engaged, gifted students challenged and teachers inspired. The elementary iPad initiative embraces this concept by providing each teacher with an iPad. Class sets of iPads for student use are available for teachers and students, and Chromebook class sets are available for students and teachers to support regular classroom instruction, research or project based learning.
Ongoing technology professional development is supported through partnerships with Region XI Education Service Center, Apple Computer, TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) and biweekly lab time with their students (Tech Academy).