Technology

Technology is one of many tools students and faculty use to foster learning at The Northwest School. Teachers and the Educational Technology Department collaborate to create meaningful technology-rich learning.

Technology in the Classroom

The Northwest School has a 1:1 Program. All Upper School students are required to bring a computing device to school. Students on financial aid are provided a device by the school. The program reflects our Strategic Framework, which strives to empower all students to foster their creativity, and to build their capacity for complex problem-solving, through technology integration.

Technology is available in the computer lab, library, classrooms, and on laptop carts throughout the school. All students have access to WiFi and email. 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 we provide a helpdesk service for assisting students with the use of technology both at school and at home. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards (SMART), and teachers use Canvas as an online learning platform to distribute content, assignments, and individualized feedback.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can take Computer Science Principles, a course that will teach students about the fundamental topics of computational thinking, programming, big data, privacy and security, and the social impacts of computing. Students will learn the general principles of program design and algorithmic thinking applicable to any program language and create their own applications to highlight learned concepts. Current events will be used to prompt questions about policy, ethics and their effect on society

Seniors are also offered Intro to Coding, a course in which students will develop their problem-solving and computational thinking skills by studying web development, simple game design, and analyzing big data.

The Educational Technology Coordinators provide broad technical support to faculty and students. They coach students in PowerPoint presentations and multimedia and video productions. Their goal is to ensure that Upper Schoolers can use technology with ease and confidence and enhance their own learning. Students have remote access to their files at any time, and the Educational Technology Coordinators are available to answer technology questions from parents. 

Ethical behavior and internet safety are repeatedly emphasized throughout a student's years at The Northwest School.