We live in a rapidly changing world virtually dominated by advances in technology. Mobile technology is taking over many of the tasks we do on a day-to-day basis. Computing devices have shrunk from the desktop to fit into the palm of your hand. Communication and collaboration are cornerstones of education today. Our technology program recognizes these changes and has adapted to expose our students to the most current technology while reinforcing and expanding classroom instruction and enhancing the overall school curriculum.
Students learn to use technology as a tool for accessing, organizing and presenting information. Students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve everyday problems.
Students in Kindergarten through second grades have computer instruction once a week with the classroom teacher and the computer instructor. Third, fourth, and fifth graders have computer instruction twice a week, and practice touch-typing skills in every class.
The program offers a balanced, flexible curriculum that provides a firm foundation in computer basics and literacy. Essential skills in reading, language arts, mathematics and the sciences are reinforced and learning strategies are explored in an innovative environment. Technology has moved from the “computer lab” to the classroom. Each subject and grade have built in to the regular curriculum a variety of technology related projects that allow the use of the latest technology while still meeting traditional academic standards.
The school has many mobile class sets of laptops, as well as 10 desktops and 8 laptops in the Library. There are also additional laptops dedicated to Lower School classrooms, science and Spanish. Two carts of 40 iPod Touch devices are used by even our very youngest pupils, and two carts of 20 iPads bridges the gap between the iPod and laptop.
In Fall 2016, we are launching a 1:1 laptop initative in grades 6-8, making technology integration even more seamless.
All these devices provide access to the Internet through the wireless school-wide network, offering many opportunities for collaboration and communication both within the school community and the world at large.