The primary goal of the Churchill School technology curiculum 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 rather 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 effect they seek, not to 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 the use of smartboards in every classroom, laptop carts on every classroom floor and in the library, desktop computers in every room, two computer labs, a variety of digital cameras, and an array of software. Individual accounts for all students and faculty allow them to access their personal files on any computer in the building. Our school network provides wired and wireless access to the internet and printer network school-wide.