Technology in the Classroom
While laptops are certainly the star of the show in the modern classroom, there are a multitude of peripheral devices and software platforms that have become invaluable assistants to the individual learner at CDS. Technology with balance means considering and applying the most appropriate tools for the task at hand in support of student learning. This approach may, or may not, include the use of digital hardware platforms, specific software applications and/or web-based resources during the academic day. Most importantly, this cultivated mindset ensures that specific learning outcomes remain the focused objective in the classroom, and not the technology itself.
It is becoming more apparent in our computerized world that cultivating literacy in programming and logic is as vital and necessary as developing language and math skills. One such recent development initiated by our Junior School Technology Integrator, Lara Gee, is our participation in the global phenomenon known as Hour of Code. This well crafted introduction to design thinking and coding is in addition to the better known and long established robotics programming opportunities present in the Junior School.