At Echo Horizon, technology helps us connect, create, and further our learning. We support students in mindful technology use from the earliest days of Pre-K through Grade 6. Our technology always serves a curricular purpose—whether it’s to help students record data, present research findings, share information, or deepen their understanding.
When students learn programs in the Technology Center, they go on to use them in classroom projects. Teachers create a safe space for children to explore technology and try programs that allow for further engagement and differentiated learning. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the classroom use of technology--it’s integral to the learning and specific to the needs of each student.
Our youngest Pre-K students may begin by exploring coding through simple games, learning how to use software to trace letters and record data for their parents. As they get older, they gain more autonomy and self-direction in their technology use. Students communicate digitally with other classrooms around the world, choose the technology they use for classroom projects, and bring in their favorite programs to share with the class. They learn about online safety, digital citizenship, and best practices for research. At Echo Horizon, technology is a tool that helps us communicate and express ourselves. We build the skill set and students go forth with the knowledge.
Students from Pre-K–6th grade have 1:1 access to iPads in the classroom and laptops in our Technology Center. Children in G4–6 also take their devices home to allow them to work on long term projects and assignments issued through Google Classroom. The students are taught how to be good digital citizens and use their technology responsibly. From vetting their sources to engaging with classrooms and students around the world, there are so many learning opportunities brought to life by our purposeful tech integration.