Our mission calls us to innovative academics, something we take very seriously. All schools know that our twenty-first century society demands technologically literate adults, but at the same time, our belief statements are also crystal clear about technology: we believe in the moral and instructionally effective use of technology.
As parents, we know that technology offers a great deal of good to our world and can help foster great learning, but without guidance, also could open young children to social media and other online portals that are not developmentally appropriate or safe. Our program and our teachers know how to guide children along both sides of this reality.
Students in Pre-kindergarten through Second Grade use classroom-based stations of iPad mini 2’s, engaging in a diverse array of learning applications and educational websites to support the instructional objectives of that day’s lessons. Teachers plan for the learning goals of those applications and monitor students’ use of these device. Students in Third through Eighth Grade carry an HP Chromebook with them throughout the day. The school owns these devices, and students do not take them home; rather, they save their work online and can access that work from home as well. Students in our primary and intermediate program also come to our computer lab as a specials area class each week, to learn key skills for computer literacy: most especially keyboarding, and core skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Additionally, all classrooms are equipped with a Smart Board and projector, allowing on-screen presentations to become interactive. Students can come to the board and activate the computer interface by physically touching the surface. A great manner of interactive software is in place, allowing children to solve problems, analyze questions, and work collaboratively, while the teacher can choose the base platform and guide their work.
We maintain a filter to block any inappropriate content. Through centralized device management, the school has the ability to limit access to certain sites if needed, turn off internet access in specific areas, limit downloads to appropriate applications or remotely install apps that a teacher may want to use. All of these efforts ensure that the technology our students use remains a learning tool only, and never an opportunity for distraction. With this, students are able to engage in meaningful learning activities that engage diverse learning styles and can be a great deal of fun as well, and we make our belief statement a tangible, living belief guiding our daily work.