Our 6th graders ventured to the Marine Science Institute in Redwood City for the Canoes in Sloughs field trip, where they learned paddling techniques, canoe safety, and did chemistry experiments on the water quality.
Our goal is to utilize technology to personalize and deepen the educational experience of our students by developing critical thinking and problem solving skills. We aim to enhance the way students learn, communicate, and connect with the world around them, by promoting innovation, creativity, and collaboration.
At Lower Campus, technology is readily available for teacher and student use and is woven throughout the curriculum as developmentally appropriate. AppleTVs help enrich our curriculum, as do Smartboards in the first- and second-grade classrooms. At the kindergarten level, the primary modality of instruction focuses on invaluable kinesthetic and tangible experiences. All of our students work with iPads as tools to deepen understanding, reinforce course content, explore topics through a new lens, and to record and share work and performances.
We embrace our responsibility to educate our students to be life-long learners as well as safe and responsible digital citizens. The role that critical thinking skills and technology play in that success is extremely important. Technology at Middle Campus is readily available for teacher and student use. Applications for technology are woven throughout the curriculum to enrich the learning environment as our teachers actively pursue new 21st century strategies for increasing student engagement and enhancing learning outcomes. All 3rd- through 6th-grade students work with iPads as tools, have access to Apple laptops, and classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and AppleTVs.
When Pinewood's Middle Campus underwent a full renovation in 2016, we were able to create new spaces that expanded what we could offer our students. This expansion, which added significant square footage to our campus with no additional enrollment, was simply about improving the Pinewood experience for our students. It gave us an opportunity to explore enhanced learning experiences that are both connected to our roots as well as supporting a 21st century learning environment in the heart of Silicon Valley. This expansion resulted in the creation of our iMaginarium, a makerspace designed to be flexible and promote creativity.
At Upper Campus, technology is a tool not a focus. In every department, teachers blend technology with traditional teaching strategies to create a vital, innovative and engaging learning environment. Through our 1:1 iPad program, technology use deepens understanding and expands course content, as students explore topics from varied perspectives, and create, curate, collaborate and share ideas. Specific computer science curriculum, including required courses in grades 7–9 and optional advanced electives for upperclassmen, equips students to become responsible members of our global digital community.