Preparing students for full citizenship in a rapidly changing world is an important part of our mission, and technology is an important part of how we relate to the world around us. Over the last several years, we have been moving towards greater incorporation of technology into everyday teaching and learning.
Since September 2006, we have had a one-to-one laptop program at the Middle School. The laptops function like textbooks and notebooks combined, and allow teachers to make full use of the pedagogical possibilities of electronic textbooks and the internet (especially French-language sites) without needing to schedule their time around computer lab availability. The one-to-one laptop program also empowers different learning styles (for example, a mediocre writer may be a fine filmmaker), fosters active involvement in learning, and allows children to learn digital ethics at an early age.
Technology is fully integrated into the curriculum at the elementary level as well. Teachers frequently integrate online educational resources (images, film shorts, music, etc.) into their presentations, and almost all classrooms are equipped with smart boards. From Kindergarten on, students spend time gradually becoming familiar with a computer, learning guidelines for appropriate use, and learning how to evaluate the information they find.
Our program educates students to be critical thinkers who are well-versed in technology and aware of responsible practices.