Technology is integrated in our program through a variety of teachable opportunities and through documentation.
We engage with families in an entirely new way by sharing timely, visual photos and videos with parents. Our technology and school app dramatically strengthens the bond between home and school, allowing parents to feel connected to their child throughout the day, bringing the classroom to life.
Our software program allows families to receive live-time updates from their child and teacher. All videos, photos, messages, and notes are sent via email, text, or through our app.
In transitional kindergarten and kindergarten, we introduce computer literacy in the form of developmentally appropriate coding games and computer adaptive programs. We have Ipads in the class and classroom technology centers. Using whole group instruction and rotating centers, students have the opportunity to learn beginning coding skills and track their math and logic comprehension through ST Math, JiJi program.
From a development perspective, the type of thinking that goes into learning to code is very sophisticated. It’s complex, multifaceted, and requires children to think deeply, not just recite back rote information. It’s the kind of thinking we want our kids to be doing to develop their brains. Students are not simply in front of screens for hours at a time, most coding and math technology centers have a time limit of 20-25 minutes.
Providing children developmentally appropriate digital programs allows exploration in the concepts of programming languages and mathematical logic. This process sets the stage for success in learning to code in later years and increases processing speed for sequencing, patterns, logic, and computation.
For more information on the importance on teaching coding early, please read our blog on the topic.
Our school also participates in the Hour To Code program. For more details you may follow this link.