Technology Guiding Principles

At Marin Horizon School, we use technology as a tool to amplify student learning. Technology is not taught in isolation, but is integrated into the curriculum to create a real world and challenging learning environment for all.

Conscious of and intentional about its vast possibilities, our school sets high ethical standards for technology use and teaches students how to be responsible digital citizens.

We continually evaluate our use of technology to support exploration and innovation both within and beyond the classroom.


Digital Citizenship:

Marin Horizon School uses Common Sense Media as well as other resources to integrate the teaching of media literacy and digital citizenship. Broad-based rules the students hear repeatedly include:
  1. Be Kind.
  2. Nothing is truly deleted.
  3. What is your digital footprint and digital tattoo?
  4. Make good choices online!
  5. Do not do anything on a digital device that your parents, teachers, family, and friends would not be proud to see or hear.


Computer Science

At Marin Horizon we believe that students should not just be consumers of technology, but that they should become creators as well. Through our technology program, we hope to demystify the devices and technologies that students use at school and at home and empower children to make good choices and skilled digital designers. We want them to be prepared to be successful leaders in the technology-infused world that awaits them when they graduate from college. Through our integrated Technology Education program, we hope to lay a strong foundation through the thoughtfully crafted and carefully planned, units and lessons, both in technology class and in other classrooms and learning spaces across our campus.

Middle School Technology

1:1 Device Program 
  • MacBook Airs assigned to every student
  • Laptops are stored and charged in carts
  • Devices remain at school
  • Mosyle MDM ~ device management
  • Internet Filtering (Mosyle MDM + Cisco Meraki APs)


6th - 8th Grade Technology Education 
   
Rotating Topics include:
  • Computer Science (How the Internet Works, Cryptography, etc.)
  • Coding / Programming
  • Develop Typing Skills
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Video Editing 
  • Audio Production & Sound Design
  • Web Design
  • Creating Digital Portfiolios to document work
  • Digital Design ~ Newsletters, Pamphlets, Posters
  • 3D Modeling & Animation
  • Game Design
  • Mastering the use of Google's G-Suite Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sheets, etc.)
  • Most Importantly: Time for more advanced Project Work in Collaboration with other subjects (Spanish, Science, Art, Math, Social Studies)
 

4th & 5th Grade Technology

1:1 Device Program
  • MacBook Airs assigned to every student
  • Laptops stay at school
  • Mosyle MDM ~ device management & monitoring 


4th - 5th Grade Technology Program
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Rotating Topics include:
  • Digital Citizenship, including responsible use & good decision-making
  • Introduction to Google's G-Suite Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sheets, etc.)
  • Develop Typing Skills with Typing Pal
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Introduction to Computer Science (block-based coding)
  • Simple Video Editing (Quicktime & iMovie)
  • Creating Digital Portfolios to document exemplary work
  • Introduction Digital Design ~ Newsletters, Pamphlets, Posters
  • Simple 3D Modeling & Animation (TinkerCAD)
  • As needed: Additional Time for advanced Project Work that has Technology Components, in Collaboration with other subjects (Spanish, Science, Art, Math, Social Studies)