Technology plays a critical role in the learning process throughout all grades. In the lower form teachers utilize computers in the classrooms where students have the opportunity to explore through software programs in centers-based learning. They also access a computer lab once a cycle where students learn age appropriate technology skills on laptops to ensure that students will be technologically savvy for their current world. As students move into grades 2 and 3, teachers begin to integrate technology into writing lessons for different subject areas, peer editing and conferencing, as well as utilizing technology to skype, or to put a web-cam on a celery worm so students can watch its metamorphosis 24/7 online, or to tape and post a video of a dissection from science class, or to create a digital story for social studies class. By the time the students move on from the lower form, they are well versed in many forms of technology and ready to move to the middle form where technology is completely integrated into the program.
With an integrated approach in grades 4-8, students use laptops in multiple ways, such as writing, researching, investigating, creating, and exploring. They create podcasts, build wiki spaces, read blog entries, and develop videos and digital stories to enhance learning. With a fully integrated technology program, students will learn how to use technology through the content areas. For example, MS Excel spreadsheets may be taught keeping statistics on a favorite athlete in Math class, or tracking results from a science lab. Those charts may be taught how to be put into an MS Word document that may be a science lab report. Students will learn how to create presentations in PowerPoint and how to conduct reliable Internet research. Enrichment offerings give students the opportunity to explore the film, TV, and desktop publishing arenas to provide further exposure to technology and areas of interest. In 2011, the Academy is implementing a one-to-one iPad 2 initiative for sixth to eighth graders. The iPads will enrich the Academy's curriculum and serve as a learning tool and device in most subject areas. By the time our students graduate, they will have truly explored, invented, built, and discovered numerous aspects and components of technology, which is critical, given that technology is and will continue to be a huge component of our world.