Dear Parents, 

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. The PS 131 Technology program strives to help students develop and maintain a healthy relationship with using technology. Students learn about their responsibilities as Digital Citizens in the 21st Century. Students are engaged in discussions and activities that help them see technology as a tool they can use to expand their learning. They are also introduced to some basic concepts in Computer Science at all grade levels. I look forward to working with you and your child.

Ms. Carolyn Harvey - Instructional Technology Teacher



Scratch - Coding

Immersive Reader

Lightbot - Coding

Maker Space STEM

Starfall and Pixie 4

During our first unit, Kindergarten and First Grade students focused on the first 9 letters of the alphabet,  A - I.   Using an online website, Starfall, and Pixie 4,
a creative software program  The students first practiced writing the letter,  then the sound it makes, and finally, picture recognition. The students also had an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic abilities using Pixie 4.  Students chose one of the focus letters and then drew a picture of something that begins with that letter. Here are samples of the work our youngest artists have created.

Creative Assessment - (Grades K and 1)

Microsoft Word Online / Google Forms

To help us get a better understanding of our schoolwide monthly theme, "Persistence Pays Off!",  5th grade students read the article, "What is a Growth Mindset?" using Microsoft Word Online. It allowed students to customize the article to fit their reading preferences.  For example, students were able to change the background color, text color, language, and line focus to meet their learning needs. Students then used a Google Form to share their thoughts on the Persistence theme. They were asked to answer this question "How has being persistent helped you in your life?".   Read some some of their great responses below.

How has persistence helped you in your life?

PS 131 Is Fostering



ISTE Standards



Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

Digital Citizen

Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

Knowledge Constructor

Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.

Creative Communicator

Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

Computational Thinker

Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.

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