"Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things." – Theodore Levitt
Barnesville students become proficient using TECHNOLOGY in meaningful ways. Middle School is a 1:1 iPad environment, and Apple TV is integrated into every learning space. Digital literacy classes teach students practical, responsible, and safe use of technology.
At Barnesville, we see great value in teaching our students to use technology in meaningful ways. We believe that technology is an essential component of our students’ education, and we are careful to balance “screen time” with “green time” (opportunities for students to be directly engaged with the outdoors) and “face time” (opportunities for students to collaborate and work together). Note that the technology initiatives listed here are part of this careful balance. Our Teaching & Learning Coordinator reviews current research to ensure that our teachers are utilizing technology in the most effective manner. Most importantly, we recognize the need for each student to find the best tool to meet his or her learning style, whether that means using an iPad or a paper notebook.
Students in our Lower School begin by using technology for extension and reinforcement as directed by the faculty. They learn how to use and care for their tech tools, and they begin teacher-led inquiry-based research. As they progress, they learn to use technology to record information, develop study tools, type assignments, and practice key concepts. By the end of Lower School, in fourth grade, students learn how to create a major presentation, develop creative materials such as brochures and flyers, and compose a research paper. This prepares them for entry into Middle School, where they will take part in digital literacy courses and utilize iPads on a daily basis for note taking, Internet research, composition, and homework completion. Students graduate in eighth grade knowing how to use technology to create presentations, spreadsheets, and research papers.
In order to support our technology initiatives, the School provides the following tools for students and teachers:
- iPads – for all faculty for daily use and instruction
- Apple TVs and LCD projectors – for instant streaming from student and faculty iPads throughout the campus
- SMART Board interactive whiteboards – for collaborative instruction
- Two computer labs – for full-class instruction
- Email accounts – for students to use for collaborative document creation
- Digital “green” photocopiers – for wireless solid-ink printing with minimal waste