Technology is a boon to teaching and learning, and we make daily use of it at IDS. Here, you will find not only computers in every classroom but also a fully equipped computer lab and a mobile lab that rolls information technology right to our students’ fingertips. Many classrooms are outfitted with projectors and interactive whiteboards. Each classroom is assigned its own digital camera. Camcorders, scanners, and laser printers are available to everyone. These tools and more demonstrate our commitment to keeping technology current and accessible to students and teachers while supporting them in their use of it.
But we don’t teach “computers” at IDS—we teach how to use computers as a transparent educational tool that enhances our school curriculum. We integrate technology into everyday classroom activities, when and where it is appropriate and effective. Our students learn to apply technology skills appropriately and responsibly in complex problem solving and productive research across the content areas. They learn how to analyze, organize and synthesize the information they find and then how to communicate it effectively through the written, visual, oral and multimedia projects they share. Hand in hand with digital literacy skills, students practice collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Our youngest children use age-appropriate software to exercise elementary skills and complete simple projects with their classmates and teachers. Our Kindergarteners, for example, manipulate virtual pattern blocks on an interactive website as they grapple with shape recognition and construction.