Lower School (K-5)
Grades K-5 take regular Tech classes where they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, work collaboratively and stay persistent in the face of difficulty. Beyond basic computer usage skills, students build programming, investigation and critical thinking skills by exploring computational concepts (e.g. algorithms, sequence, loops, conditionals and operators) as well as engineering design concepts (e.g. experimenting, iterating, testing, debugging, reusing and remixing, abstracting and modularizing). Resources used across the grades include: ScratchJr, Scratch, Tynker, Xcode-Apple Swift Playgrounds and Code Monkey.
In Grades 3-5, each student is issued their own iPad for use in all subjects. Students learn to leverage their iPad for academic research, presentations and much more. Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship curriculum begins in Grade 4 and carries through to the Middles School.
Upper School (GRs 6-8)
Students have a wide choice of technology electives, with new courses often added to keep pace with new technology and with our students’ specific interests. Popular courses include: robotics, 3D printing, website design, app design and video editing.
Students use personal iPads that they bring to school every day. The devices are used heavily in Language Arts, allowing students to write, confer with teachers, and to make edits to their work in “real time.” They are also used for research in all subjects, in science and math. In Spanish, they allow students to not only write, but also listen and record themselves speaking.
Common Sense Media
At Old Orchard School technology is an important and engaging educational tool. Students’ use of technology is a privilege. Old Orchard trusts and expects students to be good “digital citizens.” Being a good digital citizen isn’t very different from being a good citizen: Always treat others and their devices the way you want to be treated. Take good care of your device. Respect your privacy and the privacy of others. Never share your personal information or other people’s personal information. Students, parents, faculty, and staff use the Common Sense Digital Citizenship curriculum to create a safe online environment for our community.