Technology at DCD
A Way to Learn, A Way of Life
Children are growing up in a world where technology is part of everything they do. It’s part of how they learn, play, and relate. At DCD we look beyond technology as learning support and recognize its role in developing life skills. That holistic view drives how much we focus on technology at any given point in a student’s DCD experience.
Technology is an integral part of our curriculum in each grade. It supports and augments learning, fosters innovative thinking, and becomes a focal point when students are developing skills in digital literacy, computational thinking, and digital citizenship.
We start our youngest students off by helping to build the beginnings of their digital footprints. Then we foster citizenship and respect for themselves and others while inspiring them to develop their individual voices, collaborate with one another and communicate ideas responsibly.
To support the curriculum, we equip children with the following digital resources:
- Pre-K through grade 3 have one to one access to iPads
- Grades four and five students each have a Chromebook
- Middle school students each get a laptop, which they keep after graduation
Creation & Innovation
With its interactive walls, tables to write on, Legos to build with, midi keyboards, and 3D printers to create with, the Adams lab is an ideal space to teach the design thinking process through tinkering and collaborating.
Students in pre-kindergarten have scheduled visits to the Adams Labs, while students in kindergarten, lower school, and middle school have regular access to this maker/tech space.
Primary School Tech Focus
- Computational thinking with an emphasis on sequencing and patterns
- Understanding technology as a learning tool
- Building digital literacy skills through exploration with DCD’s technology tools such as iPads and robots, and through a variety of “unplugged” activities
Lower School Tech Focus
- Building on the foundation of computational thinking from sequencing to basic programming and recognition of coding languages
- Continuing to grow digital literacy through the use of a variety of technology tools
- Understanding digital citizenship and encouraging students to consider who they are as individuals and a community both online and off-line
Middle School Tech Focus
- Learning about more advanced coding languages
- Developing skills in a wide range of digital arts including film editing, music composition, 3D printing, web design and virtual worlds
- Empowering students to use technology responsibly to connect with people beyond our campus for a broader perspective and positive impact on their world