Technology is used age-appropriately in our preschool program because we believe a focus on social skills is critical in these early years.
Our smallest Rams engage with technology in a way that is carefully designed by the classroom teacher. For example, students use programmable robots to learn the very basic fundamentals of computer programming. Preschool students also contribute to a classroom blog with the guided support of their classroom teacher.
With the mindful guidance of their classroom teacher, our Preschool students are empowered to be global collaborators and creative communicators.
Elementary SchoolOur Innovation Initiative is rooted in the theory that students learn best by creating things which demonstrate their learning. Nowhere is this more evident than in our elementary school, where students routinely create, innovate, make, and share across all grade levels.
We use technology within the IBPYP inquiry model to enhance the transdisciplinary learning that takes place within classrooms.
Students learn coding, a precursor to computer science, by programming robots that are suited to their specific grade level. 82 robots of various types, plus controllers are used for computational thinking activities throughout the Elementary School.
Our Innovation and Technology Coach works with teachers to integrate technology and innovative teaching strategies into classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to try new things and embrace a maker mindset. Because of this, students are given choice and agency over their learning.
Our teachers guide students to use blogging applications to ideate, reflect, and share what they are doing in class every day. When students share their learning beyond classroom walls to authentic audiences they are making connections with the real world. By sharing their work, they gain confidence and see that their work is relevant and valued in the real world.