Technology in Education
When KAS opened its new campus in 2015, among its many features was the emphasis on technology integration. Our campus features all the tools needed in the modern classroom, while still providing open, beautiful spaces for children to learn.
Introduction to these devices happens at developmentally appropriate levels. Our 1st and 2nd-grade students explore the world around them on a 1:1 iPad program, so that each student can retain their own personal experience, including reading, math, and handwriting progress. They use the built-in camera functions to securely record reflection pieces about the work they do in class, starting a digital portfolio of their work. In our Intermediate Elementary years, students move to a versatile Chromebook – a convertible device that operates like a laptop or a tablet as the need dictates.
There Are No Digital Natives
It’s true that most technology becomes easier to use over time, but no child is born Internet-savvy. There’s a distinction between being able to do something and doing something correctly and safely. We recognize our duty to guide, and we take this responsibility seriously. Student safety and identity are paramount, and methods are implemented by combining proactively and preventatively. The curriculum produced by Common Sense Media helps students make informed and safe decisions about their online behavior, and security systems and walled garden policies ensure that our learners stay on task and limit their sharing.
For the Classroom and Beyond
Technology fuels our education at KAS, taking us beyond the traditional school day and beyond the boundaries of traditional tools. Our future automation engineers are spending their afternoons designing robots in our afterschool LEGO robotics club. Future film makers take advantage of the advanced filming, lighting, and production equipment available for student loan to create art they can be proud of. The next generation of physicists, biologists, and chemists can explore the macro- and microworlds too small to see or too vast to comprehend through the use of virtual and augmented reality. Take a trip to another planet, or into the nucleus of a white blood cell. Our faculty and students are limited only by their imagination.