Whether it’s filming each other narrating original TED talks in Sixth Grade or making a stop-motion animation film in Spanish, students at SFS use technology in creative and imaginative ways.
All Middle School and Elementary School classrooms are equipped with projectors, document cameras, and wireless access, allowing teachers to show content that brings concepts to life and deepens understanding. Teachers use iPads to project and markup lessons, and students can project their work to share in class.
Our 1-to-1 iPad program in the Middle School provides an iPad, keyboard case, and stylus for each student to use at school and at home. They might type poems and essays in Humanities, create spreadsheets and charts in Math and Science, or create presentations to illustrate their ideas and conclusions. Our Learning Management System allows teachers to post interactive assignments, helps students track and submit their assignments, and facilitates teacher/student communication. Parents/guardians can also track student assignments as needed.
In Elementary, iPads are introduced as learning tools in Fourth Grade, and students have an iPad and keyboard case to use at school. Along with writing and research, students in Fourth Grade might have collaborative online discussion groups to discuss the books they’re reading, or might use the Learning Ally app and access audiobooks as a learning accommodation. A typical Fifth Grade project might involve students using Seesaw to create a learning portfolio and share their work with parents/guardians, or Dreambox to allow students to work at their own pace and receive individualized assignments.
iPads are available to teachers and students in lower Elementary grades for projects as needed. For example, students in First Grade might use an iPad to take a photograph of their work and record their thoughts about it, creating a digital portfolio.