Technology is a large component of preparing students to be 21st century learners. Students at NDA remain competitive with their exposure to technology through both device use and curriculum-based technology coursework. Technology is used every day at NDA for every subject matter by both students and the educators who work with them. Teachers also stay up-to-date with their own device availability as well as ongoing professional development aimed towards classroom technology use.
Lower School Technology
Students in transitional kindergarten to first grade use technology through a shared iPad cart utilized during small group instruction and rotations. Rotations also take place in our lower school computer room where students get exposure to computer use through peripherals. Technology at this level is used both for exposure, knowing how to physically handle devices, and learning how machines operate all the while being exposed to grade-level curricular content. In grades two to five, each classroom is equipped with its own iPad cart so each student has access to his or her own device. This allows teachers to use the iPad for whole class activities, all the while still having access to in-class Mac computers stations. In fifth grade technology, as part of a middle school transition program, students are taught the skills in programs and applications needed to be independent as they move beyond lower school.
Middle School Technology
Middle school students are very technology driven with their 1:1 iPad program, in which each student has an iPad used in every class that goes home with them for homework and studying. Students have the option of taking a one-trimester long technology elective as part of the electives program. Two courses are taught, one focused on coding and another focused on broadcasting & podcasting. In coding, students learn multiple coding languages to build programs and their own website. In broadcasting & podcasting, students take on projects where they make their own films and audio recordings, both through use of their iPads and our very own NDAE broadcast studio! There is also an opportunity for students to be a part of the NDAE Film Crew, a club devoted to filming school-wide events for our video channels.