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.