Technology, Media, Coding/Computer Science, Robotics, 3D Printing
We believe that all children need to be connected in order to learn the valuable skills necessary for success. Students from Grades 4 to 8 are given school iPads to use throughout the year. iPads are not used as a replacement for paper and books, but as a learning tool to engage students in critical thinking and creativity on a deeper level. Students in Grades 1 to 3 have access to classroom laptops and iPads, and every classroom is equipped with an electronic whiteboard and/or Apple TV.
Our school media suites are equipped with a Chroma Key Green wall for Green Screen filming, bean bag chairs, a podcasting/voice over station and space for filming and movement.
In September 2016, we introducedcoding and computer science into the curriculum from Grade 1 to 8. Coding and computer science provides students with the essential skills needed for creative expression and problem solving. as well as preparing them for future career opportunities which will require these skills.
We were also the first Private School in Markham to write S.T.E.A.M directly into our timetable and to introduce it school wide in September 2016. Our S.T.E.A.M. lessons combine science, technology, engineering, arts and math into a project based learning opportunity where children use varied skills and the engineering design process to create a product. This cross-curricular approach to learning increases productivity and engagement, while allowing children to hone their skills of collaboration and critical problem solving.
In 2018 we introduced 3D printing and students are able to intricately code their print during their project based learning.
As our students become increasingly adept at coding, they are now able to apply their knowledge with skill outside of a coding lesson. We have integrated robotics into our coding program and use it as a cross-curricular project based learning opportunity for students to apply content knowledge from other subjects to solve problems using robotics and 3D Print.
In 2019 we are introducing drones and students will be coding drones for a series of specific, problem based tasks.
Most importantly, as a project based learning school, the skills of coding are not exclusive to a coding lesson. The skills must be transferable to other subjects and coding is used with fluency and meaningful purpose by our students.