The Lower School uses technology to build digital literacy, encourage problem solving, foster collaboration and innovation, and introduce the idea of global citizenship. Teachers collaborate with STEAM integrators to plan interdisciplinary projects that involve digital tools and software.

In first and second grade, students begin to establish themselves as digital citizens, using iPads and learning programs such as Pebble Go and Scratch Jr. Robotics is introduced. The 1:1 Chromebook program begins in third grade. Students use digital platforms such as Google Drive to create and share multi-media projects within their classroom space. In fourth grade, students receive internal email addresses, allowing them to communicate with their teachers and peers. Fifth graders prepare for their transition to Middle School by using Schoology, a learning management system used in grades 6 to 12 to distribute course material and collaborate with classmates.  Fourth and fifth graders participate in the annual Hour of Code. Fifth graders complete a project on disability, using iPads and 3D printers to brainstorm and prototype design ideas that might help people with problems related to their disabilities. 

Technology is also used to extend the reach of the classroom. Using FaceTime, students share culture and school experiences throughout the year with the Malawi Children's Mission. We use Google Hangouts to allow absent students to participate in important class activities.

A Sandbox for the X-Box Generation

Based on a design concept and code provided by the U.C. Davis W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences, the Riverdale Country School faculty and staff built an augmented reality sandbox to create dynamic lessons in math, geography, and earth science.

For a recent kindergarten class who was studying the nearby Hudson River, the augmented reality sandbox provided a cool demonstration of how rivers are made. Using their hands, the children created hills and valleys. The computer projected a contour map that showed variations in elevation. When the rains came, the water flowed down from the higher elevations. The children oohed with delight.

Riverdale Country School

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1 Spaulding Lane
Bronx, NY 10471
LS: (718) 549-7780

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5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

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