Academics
Upper School

Technology

BUILDING FLUENCIES WITH TECHNOLOGY

SCH Academy uses technology across all divisions to foster critical thinking and problem solving, to build competence, to connect people and communities, to solve problems by tapping into our students’ creativity, and to personalize learning, all combined with ongoing conversations about growing up digital and the implications for being a digital citizen.
Every student in Upper School is issued a MacBook Air pre-loaded with professional-level apps, a Google Apps for Education account, and access to additional technology in our VidCast Studio and highest-end robotics labs. Throughout the Upper School years, students are encouraged to use technology in deeper and more advanced levels across the disciplines and in their areas of deepest interest.

In the classroom:

  • An original interactive performance in collaboration with the Drexel University ExCITe Center and in partnership with Boys Latin of Philadelphia, String Theory Schools and Play on, Philly! for the 2015 ISTE conference. This includes designing an app that translates music into colors.
  • Working on a variety of design, including 3D modeling and CAD software supported projects, digital fabrication, architecture projects
  • Programming and coding with MIT-based software in our youngest grades, advanced self-paced coding in grades 7-12, and to help control our robots
  • Continued support for all professional-level new media software in VidCast Studios (projects include videos, multimedia projects, and podcasts),
  • In biology:
    • after learning about DNA, mutations, genetics and cancer, students design public service announcements using Pages or iMovie and present their work to a panel of American Cancer Society health care worker, nurses, and doctors. Students use components of designing thinking in helping to hone in on their focus age group and type of cancer.
    • students use SMART NoteBook to create manipulative review activities for classmates in order to help learn complex processes like protein synthesis and gene regulation.
  • 9th grade physics: Students are asked to choose a computer game, movie, etc., to capture screen clips using Quick Time, then import these captured videos into iMovie, where they use text and voiceover to explain what physics is occurring in each shot. The end product is a 3-5 minute video explaining the concepts of work, power, and energy using their chosen medium. Students showcase their creativity in the choices they make; for example, students have taken videos of themselves ice skating, created their own claymation, sketched unique characters using a tablet, taken videos of pets or siblings, and used their favorite athletes highlight reels from YouTube.