Campus Life

Technology

Teachers at every level at All Saints’ utilize technology as a pivotal part of their instruction. Our goal is to balance the School’s traditional exemplary educational standards with up-to-date technology integration that enhances the classroom learning experience. We aim to empower our students to be creative communicators, computational thinkers, innovative designers, constructors of knowledge, digital citizens, global collaborators, and empowered learners. “It’s not about how many apps we integrate, but about providing our students with the best access and opportunities to contemporary learning resources. As educators, we must prepare our students for their future, not ours.” -Andrew Marcinek

Vision
Students and educators will use technology to enhance and expand the traditional role of education in the All Saints’ community. We will develop curriculum and apply instructional methods enriched with technology to increase collaborative opportunities, engage in authentic learning, enhance STEAM experiences, and improve assessment practices schoolwide. All Saints’ classroom technology integration and Digital Citizenship curriculum will prepare students to succeed as global citizens in the 21st century.

High Tech/High Touch
The dizzying speed with which technology has advanced is remarkable and disruptive. We must successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities that such diverse technologies present.  In education, part of this is realizing the human elements involved, especially given our unique spiritual development component as a strong college preparatory Episcopal school.

For us, the term High Tech/High Touch means that we value the interpersonal relationships among students, faculty and administration while recognizing the need to exercise best practices of using technology to improve our instruction.  For example, we see the benefit of using iPads in certain cases, but do not view our school as solely an “iPad school.” We encourage our faculty to use updated technologies to elevate their teaching and learning practices and employ a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in the upper grades.  Another factor we take into consideration is whether or not certain technologies are developmentally appropriate.
 

Division Integrations

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Early Childhood

    Technology instruction begins in the Early Childhood program, where students learn basic computer skills such as using a mouse and introduction to the keyboard. Early Childhood students also utilize Smart Tables and iPads to practice fine motor skills as well as academic skills such as handwriting, letter recognition and sounds, counting, shapes, and more.
     
  • Lower School

    More robust computer literacy courses begin in the Lower School, where students attend a Technology course in the computer lab once per week. Lower School students practice keyboarding, learn to use programs such as the Microsoft Office suite, participate in introductory coding, and engage in Digital Citizenship lessons.

    In addition to the Technology Lab, Lower School students have access to iPads and ChromeBooks. These are used for station work, collaboration, digital manipulatives, digital games, formative assessment, research and digital presentations. Teachers utilize interactive whiteboards and document cameras throughout their instruction.

    A Maker cart called the “Exploratorium” started in the Lower School this year and is being used by every class. This innovative STEAM program focuses on making, hands-on activities, project-based learning, and technology exploration. The Lower School also has an after-school STEM Club that students can participate in.
     
  • Middle School

    The Middle School folds technology skills into the larger curriculum, and by Middle School all students will purchase a Chromebook through the School as part of their school supplies to allow technology integration in every course. Devices are used for research, digital project-based learning, Google Apps for Education, collaboration, and formative assessment. Middle school math students have 1:1 iPads to use for TI-Inspire, interactive math games and math projects.

    A new required technology course called “Computer Science Discoveries” has also been developed for the Middle School and started this year. The course allows students to build on the technology skills they learned in Lower School while learning the basics of programming, physical computing, HTML/CCS, and data. This course is housed in the brand-new STEM Lab makerspace in the new student union.
     
  • Upper School

    By the time students are in the Upper School, much of their educational experience takes place in digital spaces. All students bring a laptop to class daily to use for note-taking, collaboration, engaging with online content, blended learning, digital project-based learning, and sharing their work with authentic audiences.

    Instructional technology benefits the School’s Fine Arts program through courses such as digital photography, digital journalism, and film-making. Upper School Technology course offerings include Digital Literacy, 3D Design & Fabrication, Introduction to Robotics, Engineering, Computer Science & Coding, the Solar Car program, and a pilot computer program that allows students to build and program their own laptops.

    In addition to courses throughout the year, All Saints’ Upper School students can participate in “Saints L.I.V.E.” (Learning in a Virtual Environment) online courses over the summer. The Upper School also boasts an “IDEA Lab” makerspace that includes two 3D printers, Virtual Reality headsets, Makey Makey kits, Spheros, and 3D pens.

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