Revised August, 2010
The use of computers is an important curricular component throughout the junior high school. Instruction is both formal and informal. Each home-base classroom and specialist classrooms have from one to four computers with Internet access. Many use Active Boards. Two of the home-base classrooms are piloting the use of a set of netbooks for a 1:1 program. Foreign language classes use laptop sets for practicing and reinforcing communication skills. Paideia uses a filter to restrict access to certain Internet sites. Many classes make frequent use of the school’s three computer labs located in the high school building, which have 18 computers each, all with Internet access and a library of educational software. Kathy Bailey is the director of technology and she supervises technology and its issues throughout the school.
The primary goal of the junior high technology curriculum is to ensure that students become comfortable with a wide range of applications that they will continue to refine as they progress through the school. Students use a variety of Web 2.0 tools including wikis, blogs and Skype for collaborative projects within our school and with classrooms in other parts of the world. Classes create podcasts and videos for oral history projects and for documentaries. The scope and sequence for Technology can be viewed within our main Technology section.
The computer labs are open after school until 4 p.m. The technology section on the Paideia home page offers a variety of parent resources including suggestions for software, purchasing a home computer, and keyboarding, as well as the guidelines outlined in our Acceptable Use Agreement.