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Technology at Rowland Hall


Technology Philosophy

Technology at Rowland Hall is intentionally integrated into our first through twelfth grade classrooms and curriculum to enhance teaching and learning. We believe technology offers platforms for research, communication, and expression to complement other more traditional methods. Technology, in many ways, is now the bedrock for achieving competency in 21st century skills including critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, character, and cross cultural competency. Our vision is to enhance education by making it more engaging and immersive. We also view technology as a means of reaching all learners at a level, pace, and method best suited to each student’s needs. As we integrate technology more fully, we strive to make technology blend seamlessly into the fabric of our classroom cultures.

Enhanced Student Learning

We believe strongly that access to technology enhances the student learning experience and allows teachers the ability to differentiate their lessons to target the needs and challenges of each student. With technology in the hands of our students, teachers have the ability to create projects and problem sets tailored to each student’s level. We also employ a variety of adaptive learning websites such as IXL, Khan Academy, Scootpad that empower students to focus on the topics they need the most help with. Language teachers utilize apps such as Brainscape that allow students to create lists of their vocabulary words to study and share back and forth with the teacher and other students. And perhaps most importantly, the use of iPads and laptops as a creation tool gives students and teachers a host of options for expression and creation. Students can create multi-media videos, presentations, graphs, and iBooks that show evidence of their learning and allow them to become publishers and curators of their knowledge.

Applying Student Technology: iPads and Laptops

Since the introduction of the 1:1 laptop program in the Upper School in 2007 and the launch of the iPad program in 2011, we have seen strong objective evidence that technology, when used as a learning tool, increases test scores, improves reading comprehension, and provides a rise in overall student engagement.

Students in grades one through twelve use iPads and laptops to enhance classroom learning.

Grades one and two participate in a 2:1 iPad program*
Grades three through eight participate in a 1:1 iPad program *
Grades nine through twelve participate in a 1:1 laptop program

*iPads for grades one though five are provided by the school. Devices for grades six through twelve may be purchased through Rowland Hall or directly from Apple.

We continuously seek to improve our practices by collecting feedback from our parents, teachers, and students. We are always assessing the benefit to teaching and learning that technology can provide. During monthly meetings with the Director of Technology Integration, teachers share feedback about their successes and challenges incorporating technology into a lesson or unit. That feedback then informs future lessons and is shared with other teams and faculty members.

Technology Literacy Skills in the Lower School

We have created technology literacy skills scope and sequence guidelines to ensure that basic fluency and digital competency skills are taught in context within classrooms.

Grade 1
  • How to name a file, find It, and open it again
  • How to take pictures and include them in your projects
  • Using Book Creator to write an authentic work of literature
  • How to draw with Sketches
  • Narrate about your work with Explain Everything, Screenchomp or ShowMe
  • Research on Kidrex.org (Possible Topics: Dr. Seuss)
  • Typing with TapTyping
  • Math practice with IXL
  • Coding - Tynker and Lightbot to learn about sequence, and loops
  • Digital Citizenship - Learn About Balance, Privacy, Trust Your Gut to Avoid Strange Material, Be Supportive of Others Online
Grade 2
  • Saving your work in folders in each app and sending work to other apps.
  • Writing a story in Pages, Book Creator
  • Creating presentations with Keynote or Telegami
  • Taking photos or videos and using them in Projects
  • Creating authentic art student with Sketches
  • Reading digital literature in centers with Storyonline, or One More Story
  • Explaining about your work with ShowMe or EduCreations
  • Math practice with IXL
  • Typing with TapTyping
  • Internet Research on topics like weather using KidRex.org
  • Coding - Learn about sequence, loops and logic (Code.org, Daisy the Dinosaur, Lightbot)
  • Digital Citizenship - Balance, Privacy, Appropriate Material, Be Kind Online, Help Others
Grade 3
  • Create authentic works of literature or reports with Pages or Book CreatorPresentations (Slides, Animations, Transitions, Images) with KeynoteVideo projects including editing, camera work, audio with iMovie and Green Screen
  • Screencasting - Sharing what you know with Explain Everything
  • Creating tables and graphs to analyze data with Numbers
  • Math practice with Khan Academy and Motion Math Fractions
  • Internet Research: countries and biomes with KidRex.org
  • Creating authentic art student with Sketches
  • Coding - Learning variables and loops with code.org, hopscotch and Move the Turtle
  • Keyboarding with TapTyping
  • Digital Citizenship - Balance, privacy, appropriate material, working together, and cooperation online
Grade 4
  • Papers written using Pages (formatting, shapes, bullets, images, charts, images, bibliography)
  • Presentations using Keynote (animations, transitions, slides to organize, images, etc.)
  • Talk about your work with Explain Everything
  • Coding with Code.org, Hopscotch
  • Saving, sharing files with iTunesU and Drive.
  • Math practice with Khan Academy, Motion Math Fractions and MathBoard
  • Alternative Assessments with videos (iMovie, Green Screen, Explain Everything)
  • Using Inspiration to create an outline for written papers
  • Research (Analyzing Sites, Search Terms, Citations)
  • Typing with TapTyping
  • Digital Citizenship - Messaging, Email, Balance, Privacy, Appropriate Material, Help Others in Need, Digital Footprint, Copyright and Fair Use
Grade 5
  • Research papers using Pages (formatting, bullets, images, shapes, lines, charts, tables)
  • Presentations using Keynote (slides, transitions, animations, slide-to-slide Navigation)
  • Spreadsheets using Numbers (create examples of column charts, pie charts, line graphs, and scatter plots from a table of values)
  • Saving, sharing files with Drive, eBackpack and email
  • Research (analyzing sites, citations)
  • Alternative Assessments with videos (iMovie, Green Screen, Explain Everything)
  • Coding with Scratch, Code.org, and Hopscotch
  • iTunesU, eBackpack, and Reminders for organization
  • Math practice with Khan Academy, Motion Math Fractions and MathBoard
  • Using Inspiration to create an outline for papers
  • TapTyping

Digital Citizenship - Messaging, Email, Balance, Privacy, Appropriate Material, Help Others in Need, Digital Footprint, Tone of Messages and Emails, Copyright and Fair Use

General Themes for Technology Grades 1-5

File Management (iOS and Mac)

  • Saving files in folders and opening files
  • Saving and moving files within cloud environments (dropbox, drive, icloud)
  • Using Camera Roll to save and open
  • Moving files from device to device, sharing and collaboration

Operating systems (iOS and Mac)

  • Force quit, multi tasking gestures, copy, paste, screenshot

Computer Science

  • Programming/ coding
  • electrical engineering
  • networking
  • graphic design

Planners/calendars

  • Calendar and Google Calendar
  • iTunesU
  • Reminders, Notes, Evernote

Communication

  • Mail, Messaging, FaceTime, Skype, Google Docs (Drive)
  • send and receive email and messages with attachments
  • CC, BCC, Reply
  • Proper message etiquette and grammar
  • FaceTime or Skype account login and troubleshooting

Page Layout

  • Adding text, shapes, word art, images, and background color.
  • Design matches purpose and audience
  • Pages, Comic Life, Moodboard, MyStory, DesignPad
  • Presentations
  • Keynote, HaikuDeck, Prezi, Telegami
  • Slide themes
  • adding images and text
  • transitions and animation
  • audio and video

Typing

  • TapTyping, Typinggame, TypingJR, English Typing Class, Ghost Type, Type Racer, F.O.T. Free
  • 2 times a week
  • skills? Use sheri as a resource
  • Plug in keyboards

Word Processing

  • Pages, Google Docs
  • margins, fonts, spacing, headers, paragraphs
  • inserting images, tables, graphs and shapes


Video editing

  • iMovie, iStopMotion, etc.
  • slide show, video project, or trailer
  • importing photos or video
  • edit clips
  • transitions
  • Stop Motion Animation


Research

  • Safari, Chrome, Puffin
  • How to search
  • Safe sites
  • trusted content
  • Citing the source
  • saving images


Camera and photography skills

  • Hold camera sideways most often (especially video)
  • focus
  • Zoom
  • lighting
  • altering photos
  • photo editing

Audio Recorder

  • Record voice for stories, music, and notes
  • saving, importing moving audio files

Screen Casting

  • Explain Everything, Educreations, Screenchomp
  • Record clear audio, bring in images

Drawing, annotating, and marking PDFs and photos

  • Notability, Upad, Remarks
  • Drawing, Text, Shapes
  • Saving, opening and sending

Care and maintenance

  • Charging
  • Cases and desks
  • Storage

Digital Citizenship

  • privacy
  • copyright & fair use
  • digital footprint
  • internet safety and appropriate content
  • digital & real life balance
  • healthy relationships


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