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Welcome to the John D. Runkle School Educational Technology Wiki


The purpose of this wiki is to serve as a showcase of technology integration throughout the curriculum in grades K-8.


The Public Schools of Brookline Educational Technology Program presents technology as a resource to access, reinforce, and extend content-area lessons; as students use computers within language arts, math, science, social studies, etc., they also develop valuable technological skills. These skills permit students to think, research and present in an enriched and more powerful way; one that is similar to what they will encounter in the real world.

A primary goal of K-8 Instructional Technology is to ensure that technology literacy skills that students learn are embedded in their curriculum. In this world of emerging technologies, it is imperative that students learn these skills in order to succeed as 21st century learners. Through Instructional Technology, students will learn the 4 C's to help them succeed as lifelong learners:techlit_11.png
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Big Ideas

Some of the topics or "big ideas" include:
  • Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations (Communication, Collaboration)
  • Keyboarding (Communication)
  • Internet Safety (Communication, Critical Thinking)
  • Research and Media Literacy (Communication, Critical Thinking)
  • Animation using Scratch (Creativity, Critical Thinking)
  • Digital Storytelling using iMovie and VoiceThread (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)
  • Web 2.0 Tools: Wikis, Blogs, Glogster, WallWisher (Communication, Collaboration)


NET•S (ISTE), Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and Public Schools of Brookline Learning Expectations

National Educational Technology Standards (NETS•S) and Performance Indicators for Students

1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.

Massachusetts Technology Literacy Standards and Expectations

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

Public Schools of Brookline -- Instructional Technology Learning Expectations

Policy on the Use of Information Technology Resources

Created and maintained by:
Jenny Murphy, Educational Technology Teacher
John D. Runkle School, Brookline, Massachusetts

Project and Lessons have been created by myself and the teachers I work with. Please let me know if you're using any material from this site.