Technology in the Classroom
Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum at the Junior School in many meaningful ways.
As 21st century learners we focus on:
- Technology Operations and Concepts - by developing age appropriate mouse and keyboarding skills.
- Creativity and Innovation - by publishing, writing, illustrating, storyboarding, producing video and photographing with digital cameras, just to name a few.
- Communication and Collaboration - by being part of a global community as we participate in projects locally, nationally and internationally via wikis, blogging and Skyping.
- Research and Information Fluency - by thoughtfully searching for relevant sources to prepare for multimedia and graphical poster presentations, as well as evaluating websites and comparing search engines.
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making - by programming, troubleshooting and designing interactive stories, animations, games, music and art.
- Digital Citizenship - by participation in ongoing, developmentally appropriate discussions and activities to reinforce computer ethics and safety.
To help meet these goals, we provide:
- Two fully equipped PC desktop computer labs to accommodate both regularly scheduled computer classes as well as supplemental experiences as needed.
- Classrooms equipped with SMART Boards (interactive whiteboards) which teachers use daily to reinforce lessons and activities.
- A mobile PC laptop cart which enables seamless technology integration by both classroom and specialist teachers for use with their students.
- A 1:1 iPad program in the fifth grade to provide a daily technology rich environment for these student school leaders, as well as a mobile iPad lab to be utilized by the rest of the school.
- A computer specialist who instructs students at all grade levels, as well as collaborates with classroom and specialist teachers to integrate technology in a variety of interdisciplinary projects. View more details of the Computer Science Curriculum.