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.
While the Chromebooks are the clear favorites in the Middle and Senior Schools, other constellations of devices do shine bright. Peer into the new Fitness Area in the Senior School and see an iPad embedded in the HOIST, providing personalized training and support with that specialized workout machine. Also notice the Apple TV and monitor mounted on the wall for ease of sharing iPad screens with the class in the same space.
Peek into S12 in recent weeks and observe an installation of digital audio workstations for Grade 11 and 12 music students to work with digital audio and MIDI in Audacity and multi-tracking recording software such as Cubase. Gaze upon a Google Doc on any Chromebook screen in the entire school and you will see a small purple picture puzzle piece labelled Read & Write - an incredibly useful text plug-in assistant that is site licensed for every CDS student and faculty member throughout the school.
These are exciting times for students to be able to leverage such incredible tools to advance their personal learning!