Technology skills range from basic to advanced word processing, working with digital images, desktop publishing, keyboarding, paint programs, creating spreadsheets and graphs, pursuing online encyclopedia and Internet research, and creating multi-media presentations. Particular emphasis is placed on new and emerging 21st Century communication opportunities for building communities of learners in collaborative environments.
Montgomery School has a dedicated Computer Lab with 20 Mac workstations as well as computers and SMARTboards in all classrooms. The Library is equipped with 20 Chromebooks and five Linux workstations and the library catalog is online. Classrooms are equipped with SMART boards, computers, and teachers and students have access to additional laptops as needed. The campus is equipped with wireless internet service, filtered using OpenDNS (CIPA compliant). Various tablets, digital cameras, scanners, and laser printers also support student work. In the Lower School, the objective of technology use and instruction focuses on the responsible development of skills and processes that will help children use technology to support their curricular learning and work. In the Middle School, the purpose of technology education is to make it relevant for students by integrating technology through the curriculum. The goal is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to utilize technology properly to further their creativity, productivity, and to collaborate responsibly in the digital world.
Students in prekindergarten through second grade use the computer lab for direct instruction. Further experience is provided in the classroom as might be appropriate within a project or unit of study.
In third through fifth grades, emphasis is placed on research and communication skills as technology instruction is integrated and presented within the regular classroom using classroom computers and laptops. Finding, evaluating, and responsibly using reliable resources to gather information is a high priority. Project and presentation skills are integrated, enabling students to share the results of their individual or group research. Students are guided through opportunities to experience collaborative projects using appropriate, online communication tools, such as Imovie, Twiducate, Photo Story, Google Presentation,collaborative work with Google Docs, blogging, Wikispaces and more.
In sixth through eighth grades, technology is fully and completely integrated into all aspects of the curriculum. Relevant technology skills become tools for gathering and managing information and for creating and sharing meaningful projects. Teachers work diligently to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge to use technology responsibly, communicate thoughtfully, and collaborate respectfully in the digital world.