The Technology Program at Chapin School aims to achieve three primary goals:
1) To prepare students for the future consisting of four main areas – technology literacy, core application proficiency, technology design experiences, such as programming and web page design, and digital citizenship.
2) To integrate the use of computers and computer-related technology into the curriculum.
3) To provide additional resources for facilitating learning especially through targeted apps and applications, and the use of mobile devices.
The educational technology program addresses the developmental progression of students and try to provide an appropriate amount of exposure to computers and mobile devices.
In prekindergarten and kindergarten, first exposure and developing familiarity are priorities. In grades two, three, and four the program introduces the most important computer skills and aim towards achieving a high degree of comfort for students. In the upper grades of five, six, seven and eighth, the students will build on previously introduced skills and achieve an intermediate level of mastery. The students will also learn less commonly used skills and programs. In the upper grades students will have increasingly greater opportunities to use technology to design whether it be a webpage, a program, or an actual product. This should encourage a more sophisticated use of technology, and a greater level of creativity.
Overall, it is the firm belief of Chapin School that while many students may become computer literate on a basic level without a technology program, the school has an obligation to take them beyond that basic level and to teach them to use computers thoughtfully in substantive ways, and not to use computers just because they are available.
For more information, please contact the Technology Coordinator Mark Lederer.