Academics

Technology

In today's world, technology and globalization create situations of constant innovation. The traditional school-taught skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic need supplementation with updated skills to prepare students engage and thrive in a connected, digital world. These skills, commonly referred to as 21st Century Skills, include technological literacy, digital leadership, computational thinking, collaboration, innovation, and creative communication. At Heritage, technology is never an end in itself. Instead, it is a means to an end, supporting our students by individualizing and accelerating their learning.

Here is a glimpse at some of the ways the Heritage educational experience is transformed through technology.

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  • Seventh through Twelfth Grade students take part in the Bring Your Own Technology program and regularly utilize their laptops or tablets in the classroom for critical research, assessment, and project design.

  • Middle and Upper School students submit papers via an online plagiarism checking website which helps students find their own words and know when to credit others.

  • Fifth and Sixth Grade students use iPads for coding and to deepen their understanding of topics covered in class.

  • Lower School students use laptops and iPads for coding, keyboarding, creation, and building computational thinking skills at an early age.

  • Early Learning Center students use iPad apps to individualize and accelerate their skills.

  • Computer Science students use their devices to learn how the Internet works, how and why data is digitized, and the tradeoffs between digital convenience and privacy – vital information for navigating life in an increasingly connected world.

  • Makerspace students research online tutorials, empowering themselves to innovate and create outside of their comfort zone.

  • Broadcasting students use a variety of devices and software to design effective audiovisual communication.

  • Selected teachers use "flipped" lessons, in which students watch an instructional video for homework, then work through problems that require higher-order thinking skills during class with the teacher present.

  • Foreign Language students are frequently seen practicing language on the go using a mobile app that shares recordings with the teacher.

  • Technology connects Heritage students with classrooms from other schools around the world to facilitate global awareness.

Bring Your Own Technology Initiative

Part of the mission of The Heritage School is to “develop the mind in preparation for college and later life.” The School is committed to that mission and technology is and will continue to be an integral part of our students' lives. Students at The Heritage School are currently using technology in a variety of ways in their classrooms, including research, reading, organizing, inventing, collaborating, and publishing. The use of technology in the classroom is continually expanding, in keeping with our Strategic Plan goal of implementing practical uses of technology within the curriculum to prepare students as lifelong learners. Seventh through Twelfth Grade students bring their own personal devices, including a laptop or a tablet with a keyboard, to school, following an initiative called “Bring Your Own Technology,” or BYOT.
If you have more questions about technology, feel welcome to ask the Director of Technology, Tina Abbott. Her direct telephone number is 678.423.5386. Her email address is tabbott@heritageschool.com.