How Technology Supports Learning

Technology with Balance

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!

Technology in the News

List of 4 news stories.

  • New Innovations in the Junior School

    Lara Gee, Techonology Integration Specialist: Junior School
    The Junior School is off to an innovative start to the school year and our Grade 6 Robotics program is leading the way. Mr. Rafferty’s class began a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) unit recently and is utilizing our LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits.
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  • Digital Citizenship

    What is Digital Citizenship? How is this addressed in school? What should I do as a parent? Digital Citizenship is the concept of developing foundational habits of mind to use technology safely, responsibly and ethically, while still leveraging the benefits of collaborating and communicating in a globally connected world.
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  • Breakout EDU: Immersive Learning Games

    The Breakout EDU immersive learning games platform was introduced to the CDS faculty this past June at our custom Google Apps for Education professional development summit. It consists of a combination of physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a race against the clock. Players are challenged to open the locked Breakout EDU box using their powers of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
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  • Reminder of CDS Cell Phone Policy

    Recently, there has been increased media attention on “the problem with cell phones” in schools. It is surely common knowledge today that digital mobile phones which offer global connectivity, high-res cameras and instant messaging, are a massively disruptive technology which is almost impossible to resist (and not just for students!). Therefore, in the interests of protecting the learning environment and focusing our students’ academic efforts, CDS does not permit cell phones to be used during the academic or extra-curricular portions of the school day.
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Technology with balance means considering and applying the most appropriate digital hardware or software for the tasks at hand in support of student learning, while recognizing when the absence of technology is the preferred approach.
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.

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Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.