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 the 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, equipped with interactive panels, TVs utilizing AirPlay software for collaboration, Logitech cameras utilizing Zoom, Chromebook carts, and iPad carts.
STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is fostered in the Martin Science Exploration Center. Students use laptops, iPads, 3D printers, Vernier science probes, high-resolution USB microscopes, and graphing software to more fully understand the scientific 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.
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 Educators, TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association), and biweekly lab time with their students (Tech Academy).