compassion. curiousity integrity respect



Renee' Kropff

Mrs. Kropff, who also serves as an assistant head of school, has been teaching at Bright School since 1999. Her son, Mac, is a current student

School-Wide Technology Integration

The Bright School teaches children to use technology creatively, flexibly, and purposefully. Our vision is to instill in students, faculty, and staff the skills and motivation to thrive in the technology-rich environment in which we live. We are committed to seamlessly integrating the best learning and productivity tools into our programs and curriculum. Students utilize technology resources to analyze, synthesize, create, and communicate information. This prepares them to collaborate effectively with others and become critical thinkers.

While dedicated technology instruction occurs in kindergarten through fifth grades in the computer lab, technology is also integrated into the school’s curriculum through classroom activities and daily instruction. Interactive whiteboards are used in all classrooms to enhance learning. Students in fifth grade utilize netbooks to facilitate independent and cooperative learning. IPads for teachers and students in grades 1-4 are used for exploration and discovery in the classroom learning environment.

Technology Classes

Using the National Educational Technology Standards as our framework, Bright School’s technology curriculum builds a comprehensive set of computing skills for students and prepares them to use technology effectively in order to live, learn, and work in the 21st Century. Multimedia and Web 2.0 tools are used to engage students in creativity and collaboration. Basic keyboarding skills, software use, and research skills are practiced and complement the classroom curriculum. Students learn how to be responsible digital citizens as they evaluate information, cite online sources, respect copyright and fair use laws, and safely use the Internet. Technology empowers our students and facilitates the learning process at Bright School.


• Practices responsible use of technology systems and software
• Explores technology in small groups and through teacher modeling
• Utilizes software applications using an interactive whiteboard and desktop stations


• Communicates about technology using developmentally appropriate terminology
• Examines various age-appropriate hardware and software applications
• Utilizes input and output devices to successfully operate technology
• Demonstrates positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology

First Grade

• Works cooperatively and collaboratively with peers and others when using technology
• Uses a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities
• Recognizes and follows directions in a menu-driven program
• Utilizes a web browser to access age-appropriate web pages and resources
• Uses developmentally appropriate multimedia resources (interactive books and educational software) to support learning

Second Grade

• Understands the components of the desktop: icons, menu, toolbars
• Demonstrates the proper use of a web browser (hyperlinks, forward, back, home, entering URLs, using and adding bookmarks)
• Practices word processing by creating simple documents with limited formatting (changing font styles and sizes, using cut/copy/paste, tabbing, saving, printing, and utilizing quit shortcuts)
• Examines and locates placement of letters and characters on the keyboard
• Develops multimedia authoring

Third Grade

• Identifies the difference between Internet, email, and other technologies
• Evaluates appropriate use of Internet sources versus traditional sources, such as books and magazines
• Begins to use touch-typing technique with left hand/right hand awareness and recognition of home row keys
• Uses various age-appropriate Web 2.0 tools to create multimedia projects
• Locates and accesses computer and network directories

Fourth Grade

• Uses special keys on keyboard (shift, tab, spacebar, return, delete, caps lock, arrow keys, command, keyboard shortcuts, control, option, escape, machine-specific keys)
• Utilizes a web browser independently to navigate and access educational resources on the Internet
• Evaluates Internet information for credibility and accuracy, both independently and with teacher guidance
• Develops web search strategies to gather relevant information, including key words and delimiters (quotation marks and commas)
• Acknowledges and references the work of others with appropriate web source citations
• Selects the appropriate program and computer tools to create a finished product
• Uses the QWERTY touch-typing technique

Fifth Grade

• Applies audio and video devices with teacher supervision
• Demonstrates Internet search strategies for finding information (key words, topic listings, Internet search resources)
• Evaluates Internet information for accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, date of posting, and bias
• Applies knowledge of applications to classroom learning activities (both independently and in cooperative groups)
• Demonstrates mastery of the QWERTY touch-typing technique
• Uses technology tools (multimedia authoring, presentations, and web tools) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing