Technology

Technology is one of many tools teachers use to help students grasp and retain information. Maret’s integration of technology in every subject is thoughtful and deliberate. Our faculty drives the technology program, keeping the focus on class content.


Goal

Technology education at Maret enhances the core curriculum through the effective and efficient use of computers, applications, and other resources. We believe that learning to harness the power of technology is one of the most important skills a student can master.

How We Teach

The Technology Department supports the development of technological literacy through the integration of projects into our core curriculum. Developing design and critical-thinking skills is a key tenet of our program with an emphasis on problem-solving and creating innovative solutions. Learning is enhanced by teaching students how to effectively use technology in their courses. From hands-on activities to complex coding programs, our students have the opportunity to learn how to interact with and manage their world.

Curriculum Snapshot

LOWER SCHOOL technology education focuses on discovery and exploration including the very basic tenets of computer coding.

MIDDLE SCHOOL students investigate the myriad ways in which technology enhances learning, including the fundamentals of computer programming.

UPPER SCHOOL sparks our students' imaginative approach to problem solving by encouraging boundary-pushing technological creativity.

BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD)

With technology immersed throughout Maret’s curriculum, students are bringing their own iPads, Kindles, laptops, and other devices to class, to better access academic materials. Next year, Maret will pilot a requisite Bring Your Own Device Program (BYOD) for upper school students to ensure that every high school student has equal access to technology that strengthens classroom experiences. Financial assistance will be available to families who need help in covering the cost of devices.

MARET'S MAKERSPACE

MakerSpace is a creative cauldron for computer education. Here students let their imaginations, technical skills, and problem-solving abilities soar. 3D printers, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, soldering equipment, LittleBits electronics, Tesla electronics kit, Spheros, a Raspberry Pi programmable computer, Makey-Makey, Kibos, Cubetto, and various other tools and materials are catalysts for tackling challenges with out-of-the-box thinking. MakerSpace is also well suited for the small group discussions and projects that are the cornerstone of Maret’s curriculum in every department.

Faculty and Technology

The pace with which new, game changing, education-altering technology enters the market doesn’t faze Maret’s faculty. Two Instructional Technologists support teachers as they work to integrate technology into their curricula, helping them acquire the aptitude they need to incorporate the latest apps that benefit students. Regular after-school technology training sessions for teachers are voluntary, but well attended.

Large-scale conferences and 15-minute Lunchtime Lightning sessions focus on technology topics and questions raised by teachers. The School’s technology staff also oversees a 9-month mentoring program, pairing a knowledgeable and skilled staff member skill with a colleague who wants to become more proficient in a specific area. These teams meet once a month over the course of the school year, but can address pressing questions as they arise.

Lower School

Program Overview

Lower school technology education focuses on discovery and exploration including the very basic tenets of computer coding.

Middle School

5th Grade Computers

In a dedicated weekly computer period, the math and science teacher introduces graphing skills and a programming language. In the second semester, students learn how to research online and graph and analyze data as an aid in the presentation of science fair projects. Fifth graders participate in a variety of Internet projects looking at inventions, invertebrates, probability, and other searches linked to their math/science studies. Students are introduced to their first programming language, Logo, through Microworld’s Project Builder, and they produce designs incorporating symmetry, proportion, and geometric shapes. Throughout the course of the year, they also use PowerPoint, Inspiration, Geosketchpad, and Math Arena. In keyboarding class, students practice their typing skills, striving to achieve or surpass the goal of 25 words-per-minute with greater than 90 percent accuracy.

6th Grade Computers

In this course, taught by the technology education teacher, sixth graders develop computer skills that enable them to be more productive and that enhance their work. They learn word processing, computer graphics, layout, video editing, animation, and Internet research. The class also focuses on computer ethics and appropriate use of technology; students take part in monthly discussions on topics ranging from cyber-bullying to copyright laws.

7th Grade Technology

Meeting once a week and coordinated by a dedicated technology teacher, this course first reviews issues of cyber-ethics, keyboarding, and word processing skills. Students then embark on a collection of projects that touch on nearly all of their academic subjects. Throughout the year, seventh graders integrate technology with their academic curriculum as they focus on learning skills such as layout, video editing, animation, music creation, graphic design, and podcasting.

8th Grade Technology

Students dive deeper into computer science and program design. Students are assigned multiple projects which require HTML and other coding languages. Students complete an original movie project that incorporates several pieces of software and technological equipment and requires ongoing collaboration. The movies are presented at a middle school assembly.

Upper School

Technology Courses and Requirements

ELECTIVE: All courses are one credit
  • Programming and Design Fundamentals
  • Computer Science and Programming in Java
  • Advanced Computer Programming (MSON)
  • Computer Graphics, Game Design and Animation (MSON)
  • App Design (MSON)
  • Independent Study: Special Topics in Computer Science

The purpose of technology education is to teach students the academic use of computers to improve writing and research skills, to develop and reinforce programming aptitude, and to express creativity. The Technology Department offers courses in programming languages from introductory to advanced levels. Additionally the department supports the development of computer skills necessary for other department courses.

A computer literate Maret student achieves competence in word processing, spreadsheet calculations, multimedia, web-based research, and presentation software. The emphasis on teaching programming languages exposes interested students to computer science. Students come to understand a computer’s strengths and limitations and, at the same time, learn the computer skills they will need at college and beyond.

A fully-equipped laboratory with twenty computers is open for academic use from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Computers are also available in the library, science lab and many other locations around campus. There is a campus-wide wireless network enabling access from any wireless-capable device, as well as several laptop and tablet carts supporting computer use in the classroom. Each student receives a Maret email account, which is accessible from anywhere through the Internet. Extracurricular use of computers include publications of the newspaper, yearbook, Literary and Visual Arts Magazine, and projects of the Engineering Team.

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