"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards." — Anatole France
Technology at the Green Vale School is not just something we inject, infuse or integrate into our curriculum. It is a campus-wide journey of digital learning via the tenets of exploration, creativity and collaboration. Our curiosity to know and do more drives our foray into technology.
Students in our Early Childhood Center get bitten by the curiosity bug at an early stage. We introduce them to both iPads and desktop computers as different and unique ways to interact and learn. In Lower School, 2nd and 3rd grade students are exposed to Google Chromebook laptops and our 5th graders participate in an exciting 1:1 iPad program. Students in our Upper School are permitted to bring their own devices for educational use on campus. Our students benefit from all the exposure to different devices – they develop an amazing technological fluency at an early age. They quickly understand that the the technology that is de rigueur today may not be around tomorrow – many of our students were born before iPads or Chromebooks existed. They inquire about programming, tinkering and networking. They want to be a part of the movement to create the next great technological innovation.
Our faculty are curious, too. They strive to enhance their existing curricula with visually stimulating lessons. They use iPads and online resources to support differentiated learning and they push our students to collaborate more using social educational tools. They implement different forms of pedagogy provided by universal access to iPads and SMARTBoards. They connect with other curious learners from all corners of the globe. They openly question and experiment with the use of digital readers, in the classroom and libraries. The Green Vale School helps fuel this curiosity by providing an online learning management system (LMS) that allows for students to be more organized and our faculty to be more engaged in the creation of online content.
As a school, we embrace the challenges that the ever-changing world of technology presents the learning community but we strive to meet those challenges with patience, gusto and open minds. We will continue to use technology as one of the pathways by which we explore, create, collaborate – and most importantly, learn.