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Welcome to the Computer Lab

"Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important." - Bill Gates

Welcome to the Monroe Computer Lab! The goal of our lab is to give all students equal access to the latest computer technology in safe and secure environment.

The world of technology is fast paced and constantly changing. Here at Monroe Elementary our students will have the incredible opportunity to learn how to type with programs such as Type To Learn, Dance Mat Typing and Keyboard Climber. The ability of being able to type at a consistent level is crucial as students move on into Junior High and High School. Not only is this a Common Core staple, but a majority of what students learn is computer based and typing is the key to unlocking a student's potential with a computer.

Programs like DreamBox Math and Imagine Learning will also supplement a student’s Math and Language Arts requirement. These interactive programs help reinforce the learning concepts that go on in the classroom. I’ve seen tremendous growth from students who use these programs on a consistent basis in the classroom and at home.

We will also be learning how to code from websites like Code.org, Scratch.mit.edu and Khan Academy. Jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are some of the fastest growing careers in the world. Companies like Google, Facebook, Intel, Microsoft and Amazon are always looking for the best talent and it begins here at school. By 2020 the demand for STEM Professionals will add over 1 Million new STEM jobs to the U.S. workforce. Imagine your student being able to read and write their own code by the time they reach high school! Wouldn’t that be a an awesome skill to have?

Technology has always been my passion. It is something that I truly cherish being involved with. It is an exciting time to be a professional in this field and my hope is that I can inspire the students at Monroe.

-Mr. Estrada