The Frances Xavier Warde School integrates up-to-date technology resources in relevant and meaningful ways to help students expand and apply their knowledge. Faculty and students work together to answer big questions, try out new ideas, test and verify hypothesis, produce original and creative work, and demonstrate concept mastery. Our devices are used in a hybrid environment in relevant and meaningful ways to provide a foundation that will allow students to choose the appropriate tools to accomplish a task or create original work. We want our classrooms and lessons to engage and inspire students while preparing them to be creative and critical thinkers in the world they will soon enter.
Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students use technology in developmentally appropriate ways to expand and demonstrate their understanding of new concepts. The classrooms follow a 2:1 shared iPad model, allowing students to collaborate and extend their experiences through various tablet applications. They use integrated learning systems in the form of applications such as Dreambox (Math), Lexia (Language Arts), IXL (Language Arts) as both remediation and extension activities to meet individual student needs. Students also participate in short mini-lessons related to safe and responsible technology and media use.
In our 3rd and 4th grade classrooms 1:1 access to a classroom iPad gives students a powerful tool for writing, drawing and project creation. Teachers and students work on creating, saving, collaborating, revising, and sharing their projects. Whole class discussions continue to focus on safe and appropriate use in addition to intentional use.
FXW 5th graders create videos, presentations, and written work within our 1:1 iPad program. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning and mastery of concepts and ideas though a hybrid approach that allows them to use the iPad and its apps as one of many options. At this stage, we support students in navigating online communication with peers and teachers, being kind and empathetic to classmates both in face-to-face interactions and in the digital realm, and working on intentional use of technology to achieve learning goals.
Our 6th-8th grade students use the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 as a tool in all curricular areas. Students are encouraged to use the device when it meets the needs and learning objectives of their classes or for them individually. More of their workflow occurs on the devices during these junior high years, but continued emphasis is placed on hybrid and intentional use. Navigating relationships both on and off line becomes an additional part of our safe and responsible use conversations.