In this age of technological advances, reading and watching are just the beginning.
We integrate technology into everyday classroom experiences so students enjoy real interaction in real time. Our Educational Technology program allows students to explore beyond the classroom as they experiment with the latest programs, devices, online resources, and more. The Educational Technology Department works with our students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to help them develop strategies which leverage technology to achieve their learning goals.
Technology in the learning environment
- Kindergarten - 2nd Grade shares iPads for daily use (one iPad for every two students)
- 3rd - 5th Grade has 1:1 Chromebooks in every class
- 6th Grade has 1:1 MacBooks in every class
- 7th - 12th Grade students each bring their own MacBook
- Full IT support at all grade levels through our robust infrastructure
In the Lower School, we empower our students to explore the various areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) through hands-on activities. The STEAM curriculum fosters creative, outside-of-the box thinking and encourages students to ask questions, problem solve, think creatively, design courageously, and reflect thoughtfully.
From their very first year, students become inventors, creators, designers, programmers, and engineers. Kindergarteners program a robot, design and build a maze, and invent a new toy. As they go up through the grade levels, students work with 3D printing, circuitry, Scratch programming, and more. By Grades 3-5, students also focus on software applications such as Google Drive, Docs, Slides, and Spreadsheets, as well as other online production software.
EdTech classes meet once a week for each grade level, either in the computer lab (K-3) or the students' homeroom class (4-5).
For all of their projects, students follow the Engineering & Design process to provide structure for their thinking. They learn to:
- Ask questions
- Imagine and brainstorm the possibilities
- Plan an idea, sketch a design, select materials
- Create their prototype
- Test their prototype
- Improve, modify, or upgrade their prototype
- Share with others
- Reflect on the process
Middle School students foster the 21st century skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Teachers utilize a wide variety of education technology tools and concepts, meaningfully integrated into subject area classes. Through our 1:1 MacBook program, technology both compliments and extends the teaching and learning environment, as students mature in the key areas of digital communication, digital citizenship, and digital literacy. With Google Tools or our learning management system, Schoology, our students are connecting and collaborating daily.
In the Upper School, we build on the wide exposure and use of digital tools that students gained in middle school by guiding them to choose the appropriate tool for a given situation. Teachers work toward higher order thinking skills, encouraging students to analyze, evaluate, and create with new technologies and their existing knowledge.
Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.
Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
Our K-12 Educational Technology program goals are drawn from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).