The primary goal of the Churchill School technology curriculum is to provide students with the skills to be digitally literate: to gather and organize information and material thoughtfully and efficiently in a networked and internet environment, to organize, store and retrieve that information, to communicate effectively in a variety of digital and print media, and to be a responsible digital citizen. Technology changes quickly, so our program has never focused on particular software packages, but instead tries to create a familiarity with particular types of software (word-processing, desktop publishing, video and music editing), their uses and common features, while developing a basic technology vocabulary.
When working on a project, students are encouraged to experiment and find the best way to achieve the result they seek, rather than copy a template created by the teacher. This process begins with the youngest classes in the elementary school, who learn age appropriate navigation of a computer through the use of basic computer programs and commands and culminates with electives in the high school where students design and publish the school yearbook, compose music and direct and edit movies.
Student learning is supported by various forms of technology, from hardware like Smart Boards, iPads, and laptops, to assistive technology software. Additionally, students are able to participate in computer science-related classes, giving them the opportunity to learn how to program, work with electronics, 3-D print, and learn about the history of computers. We aim to provide students with a broad overview of technology and how technology impacts their lives.