Students at General Greene experience technology in a variety of ways.
Students come to the technology lab to explore a variety of technology. The lab instructor is a full time, certified teacher. For fifty minutes students receive instruction on a variety of lessons ranging from the Microsoft Office Suite, video production with iPad apps, computer science, safe internet practices and using a variety of web tools to publish projects related to their classroom curriculum.
Beginning in 2017 the lab instructor introduced the flexible instruction model in which teachers can sign up for small group time for students to receive focused instruction on integrating technology projects with their classroom projects.
Beginning in 2015 General Greene with support of the PTA began installing mounted interactive projectors in all Kindergarten through Fifth Grade classrooms. Currently all K-5 classroom are equipped with Epson Brightlink interactive projectors which allow teachers to turn their whiteboard into an interactive resource. Students and teachers can draw out math problems, annotate text and interact with any website without using the computer.
Lenovo Laptop Carts
Currently General Greene and the PTA are focusing on expanding laptop availability to all students. There is currently one laptop cart that houses fourteen Lenovo Thinkpads. These devices are 2 in 1 laptops that can be used as a tablet or as a laptop. Teacher are able to check out the cart in order to work on technology projects in their classrooms. All laptops are equipped with the latest Microsoft Office suite.
Beginning in 2015 students began receiving basic computer programming lessons during their technology lab time. The lab instructor utilizes curriculum from Code.org. The mission of this program is to provide every child the opportunity to learn about computer science. This curriculum helps students explore coding through the use of block coding games such as Coding with Angry Birds. Students explore the basic principles of computer programming by becoming familiar with algorithms, loops, debugging, conditional and more. Students can even begin to see the lines of code they've written.
Each spring General Greene hosts the annual Technology Fair which is better known as Tech Fair. During Tech Fair students have the opportunity to hear from members of the community regarding how technology is used in their career. Some past presenters include HAECO Americas, UNCG Makerspace, NCA&T Animal Science, Mad Ones Films, Withers Ravenel Civil Engineering, Greensboro Police Department, Burlington Police Department, Cobb Animal Clinic, First Lego League and many others. Recently Tech Fair has also included a "playroom" that gives students an opportunity to explore a variety of hands-on technology. Previously there have been stations that showcase virtual reality, Dot and Dash robots, Osmo kits, Hexbugs, 3D printer and Little Bits. This is a fun-filled day in which students can see technology in action