Technology is integrated into the curriculum across all disciplines. Students are taught to use the most appropriate tools to achieve their educational goals. The new Technology Center was built in 2006.
Technology is available in the computer lab, in the Library, in classrooms, and on laptop carts throughout the school. All students have access to WiFi and email, which means that students can bring their own devices and connect to our network when appropriate. Student email accounts are provided through Microsoft, using Office 365, which gives each student the ability to install the latest version of Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) on up to five devices. Students have access to the computer lab and library during free periods, and can always come for help with assignments or using technology at home. Most classrooms have interactive whiteboards (SMART), which teachers use to create engaging lessons, and teachers post a great deal of the content they create to their teacher pages, which are online and accessible from home.
The Educational Technology Coordinator works closely with Middle School teachers to create technology-based assignments and projects. He coaches students in PowerPoint presentations and multimedia and video productions. His goal is to ensure that Middle Schoolers can use technology with ease and confidence to enhance their own learning. Students have remote access to their files at any time, and the Educational Technology Coordinator is available to answer technology questions from parents.
Ethical behavior and internet safety are repeatedly emphasized throughout all grade levels at The Northwest School. Our Educational Technology Coordinator meets with students throughout the year to teach concepts such as digital citizenship, netiquette, and the importance of being intentional when creating your digital footprint.