Technology class provides students with opportunities to build critical thinking and problem-solving skills that translate to all areas of academic work, to increase proficiency in computer skills, and to build speed and accuracy in typing. The program is structured to help children learn to become innovative using different types of technology. It is our hope that with these skills, children will be able to use technology effectively while at Kew-Forest and throughout their lives.
Students from ECD to second grade participate in Tinker Time programming. Tinker Time is an opportunity for students to do hands-on activities that relate to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). They are encouraged during Tinker Time to work independently and collaboratively to answer questions about how things work, how materials work together to build things, and how to use elements of Design Thinking to solve problems. During Maker Morning assemblies, students have the opportunity to share their experiences in Tinker Time with the Lower School community.
Third to fifth graders study typing and digital citizenship. In digital citizenship lessons, four units are discussed: digital information, which introduces technology by showing and explaining how computers and tablets are used; digital protection, which explains access and boundaries of technology for personal, home, and school use; digital consideration, in which students learn how to respect the work and words that belong to others and to use respectful words in your own work; and digital communication, which teaches students about different ways to communicate and how to choose the best way for different situations. Each lesson covers one or more of the four areas of digital citizenship: information, protection, consideration, and communication. The lessons rotate throughout the four areas to give students exposure to all areas simultaneously.
During the yearly Hour of Code event during national Computer Science Week, students have the opportunity to share experiences at as a Lower School at a cross-grade level to learn more about coding and explore how computer science can be used to solve problems.