Technology in the Classroom
At St. David’s school, we embrace the great potential of personal computing devices in an intellectual community.
Our classrooms and libraries are technology enabled, transforming them into collaborative learning environments. Both of our libraries have iMac labs with dual-operating systems (Windows and Mac), wireless infrastructure, and print services. Additionally, all students have access to up to five licenses/downloads of Microsoft Office at no cost, through the school’s agreement with Microsoft. All Middle and Upper School students are provided with a school email address and a 30 GB cloud-storage account.
Technology is the tool that is enhancing an already strong curriculum. We want extremely well-rounded students--students who are just as equipped to function in a world with technology as without it. It's important they be fluid technology users, but also problem solvers in non-technology settings."caitie anderson,
lower school STeam teacher
We encourage students and faculty to harness the full power of digital technologies and at the same time to build good habits for responsible use in a range of contexts and spaces. We appreciate that use of technology varies for each student and teacher.
At St. David’s, technology is a learning tool in the classroom at an early age. Students in grades Pre-K through 4 utilize school-owned Apple iPads and MacBookPro laptops throughout the curriculum. Additionally, all Lower School classrooms are equipped with 70-inch interactive displays.
Throughout Lower School, the STEAM program gives students opportunities to learn problem solving, sequencing and programming through a variety of technologies. They are exposed to Apple and Microsoft Office software, as well as basic internet use for research and learning. Students finish Lower School with the ability to touch type without looking at their fingers. Every grade also does a unit of coding, developing their knowledge so that by 4th grade they are building their own robots.
In Middle School, the integration of technology into the learning process continues. Fifth graders learn digital note-taking, as well as time management using an online agenda. Students get more exposure to coding and robotics, as well as film producing and editing.
Students in grade 7 are required to own an iPad. As 8th grade students prepare for the transition to Upper School, they may choose an iPad or a laptop running Mac or Windows operating system.
By the time students reach Upper School, technology is not so much taught in the classroom as it is utilized as a tool for advanced learning. Students use computers in doing their homework, and the school’s library offers college-caliber digital research tools. Upper students also have the opportunity to take the Innovation & Design elective course.
In the Upper School, students in grades 9 through 12 are required to have an iPad or a laptop running Mac or Windows operating system.