Technology use at Duke School is always done in the most active and creative ways possible.
Technology use is an integral part of the curriculum, student project work, and representation. Students use a variety of technology tools at Duke School. These tools range from desktops, laptops, and iPads to 3D printing, programming, physical computing, and robotics. We are constantly exploring and updating our technology so that students always have the best tools available for any given project.
In light of COVID-19, technology use has increased at Duke School. All students received personal school MacBooks or iPads and device accessories for the 2020-21 school year. Furthermore, Duke School provides hotspots for those in need. An enhanced-use of technology allows Duke School to offer its synchronous Bridged Distance Learning program to families. Our technology team provides support to the entire school community! The Tech Support Helpdesk is a community portal to connect with our tech team for assistance, as well as explore specific knowledge base resources.
Students at all levels learn how to create with technology. An emphasis is always put on using the best tool for the representation. We also encourage students to create their own images, photos, and text for use in their projects. Students at lower grades co-create with their teachers, while students at upper grades learn how to create on their own and in groups. Creativity, collaboration, and sharing are always encouraged.
The interactivity of technology media is used at all levels to help students extend their learning. Students have access to a wide range of information available online. Teachers use technology in many ways to enhance classroom learning. Virtual field trips, video conferencing, and using technology to differentiate new content and skills are commonly seen in a Duke School classroom. Digital citizenship is taught within the curriculum as students are learning. Our social curriculum extends to the online world as students are taught how to be caring and ethical citizens.
Students learn that technology is a great tool to document their learning and experiences. iPads and cameras are commonly taken on field work to record visual and audio notes that can be used back in the classroom. Students at the middle school have access to Google Apps and create an online resource and record of their learning while at Duke School.
Many student created representations for project work include a technology component. These amazing products are then shared with the Duke School community on our intranet DragonConnect. Parents, teachers, and students are able to watch movies and presentations, read student created eBooks, and more. In this way, the community is able to celebrate the learning and experiences of our students.
Duke School Spotlight
In 2013, Duke School implemented its first Maker program. Kids & Books editor Kathy Steward visited Duke School and interviewed Elaine Cameron, Middle School media specialist about the program. Check out the article, "Makerspaces Make Sense," originally published in the March 2014 issue of Kids & Books!