Technology

One-to-One

Westchester's one-to-one Chromebook program for students in Grade 5-12 began in the fall of 2015. The model supports our goals to cultivate informed citizens who are ready for a rapidly changing world and to offer a challenging academic program that enriches the acquisition of knowledge with opportunities for independent critical thought. These opportunities include:

  • communication and collaboration with others
  • creativity and innovation
  • information fluency
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving
  • understanding of digital citizenship

We believe students beginning in grade 5 need ready access to a tool for many of their classroom, group, and independent projects. It is a developmentally appropriate time to actively teach responsible use. Providing this tool for every student allows the teacher to organize lessons and homework based on equitable access. Students will be able to continue learning by having access to the tool at home as well as at school.

Integrated Curriculum

The goal of the Technology Department at Westchester is for students to become self-sufficient technology users. We believe technology is best learned when integrated into the curriculum within the classroom and offer tech support in this area. In addition, we offer direct instruction to develop a comprehensive technology curriculum in both the Lower and Middle schools.

Lower School

Students in grades K-5 enjoy weekly tech classes in which they progress from grade to grade studying the basics of computer use: computer hardware, online use and safety, coding, keyboarding, research and reference, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, Google Apps, gaming and animation, and multimedia.

Middle School

Students in grades 6 and 7 take a semester of technology class. The same basic skills are advanced using project based learning and more software is added such as Scratch and Minecraft. Design thinking elements are introduced. A robotics elective is also offered to Middle School students.

Upper School

Elective opportunities for Upper School students include: Technology Integration and 3D Printing, Computer Science and Robotics, Photography, Film and Media and AP Computer Science.