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The Ancona Technology Department provides thoughtful, appropriate, and innovative technology that integrates with the student-centered curriculum to prepare students for digital citizenship in the 21st Century. Technological literacy is an important element in fulfilling the school’s mission of providing authentic educational experiences for all students and helping them become life-long learners. Ancona’s technology program is integrated into the curriculum and not treated as a stand-alone subject. The aim is to allow students to first learn tasks without technology, and later to harness technology’s ability to empower learning, problem solving, and creativity. Students learn to be critical users and creators of digital content rather than just passive consumers. To accomplish this, our program aims to develop a deep understanding of technology as well as the responsible, context-based application of specific tools and software. By utilizing technology in their project-based work in one or more subjects, students gain an appreciation of and fluency in the various tools available to them.

Our philosophy is to give students a safety net, yet to allow them to learn technology by actually using it. For example, students 3rd grade and up are given email accounts which can send and receive email only inside Ancona. Students begin by exchanging email with their teachers, and are allowed to do things such as email each other only after they have been taught about digital citizenship. Similarly, our web filter always prevents students from accessing adult and explicit content, but allows teachers to override certain blocked sites if they are being used for bona fide research. Each year, students sign a “Technology use agreement” that serves to reinforce the guidelines we abide by.

The program is designed to be largely platform-independent and relies on cloud-based technologies to allow students to use the same technology applications at home as they do at school, and to make the transfer of files from home to school seamless. While at school, students use a variety of shared devices that are designed to be available on demand. Devices include Mac laptops on mobile carts, Mac Desktop computers, ChromeBooks, iPads and other devices. We believe that for technology hardware and software to be useful in the classroom, teacher training and support are crucial. Our Director of Technology and Technology Manager make sure that technology is reliable and take the time to train teachers and administrators to harness it.

Each classroom has its own website available to both the students enrolled in the class and their parents. All homework is shared through this website, allowing students to see a combined list of their assignments in one place. Teachers also post enrichment materials, classroom resources, and of course photos and videos of students on these pages. There is also a page that links to our robust collection of subscription sites such as online encyclopedias, math, and reading programs that can be accessed from home or school.
The Ancona Technology Department provides thoughtful, appropriate, and innovative technology that integrates with the student-centered curriculum to prepare students for digital citizenship in the 21st Century. Technological literacy is an important element in fulfilling the school’s mission of providing authentic educational experiences for all students and helping them become life-long learners. Ancona’s technology program is…
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