Little River Elementary has over 200 networked computer workstations designated for instructional use by students: four in each classroom and three in the libary in addition to a lab and 2 carts of 11 wirelessly-networked laptops.
All students are given a unique login and password so as to access 1) age-appropriate software tools 2) personal folders to build an electronic portfolio of individual work and 3) shared folders with various workgroup combinations to build collaborative portfolios of work. Because all folders reside on a LAN server, students and teachers can access their work and, in the case of teachers, Internet preferences (email, bookmarks, etc.) from any computer in the building.
Instruction in the use of computers is embedded in the regular academic curricular instruction and follows an age-appropriate sequence of skills. In this way, for example, kindergartners may become familiar with the keyboard keys as they explore the letters of the alphabet in Bailey's Bookhouse. Or fourth graders might learn how to create charts in a spreadsheet as they explore statistical data from the 1790 census.