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Technology at Rowland Hall


Technology Philosophy

Technology at Rowland Hall is integrated into our first- through twelfth-grade classrooms and curriculum to enhance teaching and learning. It offers platforms for research, communication, and expression to complement traditional methods. Technology is now the bedrock for achieving competency in 21st-century skills including critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, character, and cross-cultural competency. Thus, we 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 it blend seamlessly into the fabric of our classroom cultures.

Enhanced Student Learning

Access to technology enhances student learning 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 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

We continuously seek to improve our practices by collecting feedback from our parents, teachers, and students. We're 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
  • 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
Screencasting
  • 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 and fair use
  • Digital footprint
  • Internet safety and appropriate content
  • Digital and real life balance
  • Healthy relationships

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