Ancona students learn to consume and create online information safely and intelligently rather than as passive consumers. In order to provide real-world context to our lessons on digital citizenship, we provide tools such as secure email accounts and collaborative document editing tools. Lessons on digital literacy are integrated seamlessly with other subjects as students perform online research. We teach coding starting in 1st grade because it not only helps to give a deeper understanding of digital technology but also empowers students to create and innovate.
We take a balanced approach to introducing technology; we would rather see a five-year-old draw with a crayon on paper than with a mouse on a screen. One way that we limit screen time is by introducing an “offline” activity involving students giving directions (code) to a peer who pretends to be a robot. As students get older, technology is harnessed to enable them to do things such as create multimedia presentations with embedded recordings of themselves speaking Spanish.