At Rowntree Montessori Schools, students are introduced to computers and technology at an early age. Starting in Kindergarten, students are given the opportunity to operate laptops and tablets to learn about coding and robotics. From this foundation, students in Grade 1 and up are exposed to more complex machinery in order to deepen their understanding of technology.
Fundamentals: Students learn the basics of how computers work. They also become aware of the importance of internet safety and practicing good digital citizenship. Core skills such as keyboarding are developed in conjunction with knowledge of how to navigate an operating system.
Curriculum Integration: Students learn research and citation skills and are expected to use word processors, spreadsheets, and other digital tools regularly. Students apply these skills to produce high quality presentations in all curriculum areas. Additionally, students are encouraged to include rich digital content such as videos and animations in their slide presentations.
Enrichment: Students learn to create digital storyboards and artwork as a means of expressing themselves. Building on this foundation, students then learn to use 3D modeling Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs to create new and exciting digital imagery. In Grade 4 and up, students delve deeper into their computer programming skills, transitioning away from purely block-based coding languages to written code. Students develop their problem solving, critical thinking, and communications skills while gaining a better understanding of how computers can be used to solve complex problems.
Our independent private school is continually evolving its teaching practices to integrate new and impactful technology into our students’ daily learning experience. All teachers recognize that the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR) model is the backbone to offering a state of the art 21st Century curriculum. It is with great pride that Rowntree Montessori Schools considers itself STEM-focused and on the leading edge of teaching computers and technology each and every day.