A K-8 Blue Ribbon School in Vienna, VA

Be who you are and be that well

Welcome to Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School which has a long standing reputation for academic excellence and a caring environment which facilitates learning and spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth.

Technology

Thank you for the blessing of teaching your children. I have enjoyed teaching critical technology skills (computer applications and computer science) to OLGC students for the last two decades. Our aim is to teach relevant 21st century skills such as the "4 Cs" to Create, Critically Think, Collaborate, and Communicate within a faith-based context. The focus of our technology program is based upon NCEA's concept of STREAM - not only in the Computer lab, but throughout the school we are using an integrated approach to Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. ~Mrs. Briody


Instructional Technologist: Mrs. Briody

K-8 Technology Teacher: Mr. Zambito

Curriculum Highlights:

Kindergarten

Thinkin' Things 1 - builds critical thinking skills, pattern recognition, listening skills, visual skills
Kid Pix Studio Deluxe 3 - creation and communication tool in a painter studio format to express ideas and thoughts using keyboarding, word processing, and graphics creation skills
Jumpstart Kindergarten - curriculum reinforcement of content area, as well as navigation skills within software program
Storybook Weaver Deluxe- creation and communication tool in a storybook format to express ideas and thoughts using keyboarding, word processing, and graphics creation skills
LiteracyCenter.Net
Northpole.Com
Starfall.Com

1st - 2nd Grade Projects

1st Grade

Kid Pix Studio Deluxe 3
Jumpstart 1st Grade
Storybook Weaver Deluxe
Trudy's Time & Place House
Northpole.Com
ABCya.com
Magic School Bus - Dinosaurs

2nd Grade

Storybook Weaver Deluxe
Jumpstart 2nd Grade
Microsoft Word
Northpole.Com
Friends of National Zoo

Second Graders create multimedia stories using graphics, text, music, and sound effects with the Storybook Weaver program. Their stories centered on their favorite things including vacations, animals, parties, sports, movies, books, etc. They then present their stories in front of their computer classmates using the interactive whiteboard.

3rd Grade Projects

3rd Grade

Type to Learn
Jump Start 3rd Grade
Math Blaster
Thinkin' Things 3
Microsoft Word

Kindergarten through Sixth grade work on keyboarding. A vast majority of our students exceed the Diocesan goal of 30 wpm with 95 % accuracy by the time they graduate.

4th - 5th Grade Projects

4th Grade

Typing Web - student username is: olgcjdoe (where "j" is first initial and "doe" is last name); password is given in class.
Microsoft Word
PowerPoint
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
SCRATCH Programming Language

Fourth Grade learns to introduce clip art into their documents
. They created a wonderful Halloween poem with a beautiful pumpkin clipart as the background.

Kindergarten through Eighth grade work on keyboarding. A vast majority of our students exceed the Diocesan goal of 30 wpm with 95 % accuracy by the time they graduate. Students are asked to practice on Typing Web 5-10 minutes every week. Practice, practice, practice! Most importantly, please make sure students are not looking down when they are practicing at home. Keyboarding articles: Teaching Keyboarding (Education World), Out of Touch with Typing (MIT Tech Review)

5th Grade

Typing Web - student username is: olgcjdoe (where "j" is first initial and "doe" is last name); password is: jd#### (where "jd" are initials and #### is the same as Pearson student ID)
Microsoft Word - Intermediate Skills
Microsoft Excel - Beginning Skills - Picnic budget
Microsoft PowerPoint - Intermediate Skills - Biography, International Day research and presentation - collaboration, creativity, communication skills
File Management

6th - 8th Grade

6th-8th Grade

Microsoft Word
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Publisher
PhotoStory 3
Typing Web - student username is: olgcjdoe (where "j" is first initial and "doe" is last name); password is: jd###### (where "jd" are initials and ###### is the locker combo). Students are asked to practice on Typing Web 5-10 minutes every week. Practice, practice, practice! Most importantly, please make sure students are not looking down when they are practicing at home.

Seventh Graders work on a stock market project, students form investment groups, research stock’s past and projected performance. They create spreadsheets, using Microsoft Excel, and track their profits or losses.

Eighth Graders chose a country they would like to visit, write a simple business letter to the Embassies. Research foods, transportation and other interesting facts about their country to create a brochure about their country using Microsoft Publisher. They will create an expense spreadsheet using Microsoft Excel and track their travel expenses. Several paststudents have reported helping their family with travel plans for their vacations and using the skills they have learned during this travel project!

The OLGC Technology Curriculum follows the guidelines set forth by the

Arlington Diocese Office of Catholic Schools.