Technology enhances the learning experience at Heschel and offers students new ways to communicate, collaborate, and create. Integrating technology into the curriculum provides opportunities for augmenting and enriching every subject. As digital technology continues to rapidly increase in power and versatility, we adapt to the host of new technological possibilities as they arise. Creating a culture of responsible use and a continuous awareness of the positive (or negative) role technology can play in our lives is a foundation of our programs. Our Innovation Center and Maker/Tech Space provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent as they deeply engage in the arts, science, technology, and engineering. Learning to tackle real world challenges and developing a wide skill set, prepares Heschel students for the expectations of the future.
IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Primary grade students use computers to enhance and enrich the classroom curriculum through carefully planned integration with each teacher’s instructional program. In addition to keyboarding skills, students use computers for beginning word processing, graphics applications, and for carefully guided internet research to enrich their classroom activities. Students also learn how to navigate the internet, Google Apps for Education, and how to use name and password security features as part of their routine work with technology. Heschel students are taught the principles of computer safety and etiquette early on and this learning is reinforced throughout their Heschel years. In first and second grades, the students have Chromebook carts in the classrooms, and in third through fifth grade, students are assigned one-to-one Chromebooks for the year in their classrooms.
IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Heschel’s Middle School program provides students access to technology while being mindful of the need to balance screen time and promote unplugged learning and student interactions.
As part of our technology program, every sixth grader's first trimester schedule includes a course that introduces skills and applications that they will need throughout middle school and beyond. As students progress, they continually refine their abilities and move toward independence in the identification and utilization of multiple software and hardware programs. Our goal is to help students become self-sufficient, productive, and thoughtful digital citizens in their academic work, extracurricular activities, and in their daily lives. We prepare students for their future by cultivating critical thinking, creativity, and analytical thinking and the ability to use technology in support of these higher cognitive skills.