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Friends Academy Celebrates Unity Day with First Community Group Meetings

On Thursday, October 10, the Friends Academy community wore orange to honor Unity Day, part of Bullying Prevention Month. The day was also marked with the first meetings of all-school Community Groups, which bring together students and adults in all divisions to strengthen bonds across campus.

Technology

Academic Technology Specialist

Rob Grella

Learning 21st-century skills and beyond... today.

From interactive SmartBoards to computer classes in 5th grade, students explore hardware, software, internet safety, and work on individual and collaborative projects tied to the curriculum.

Technology permeates the Lower School. All Lower School classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art interactive whiteboards and our faculty receive regular training on the best ways to integrate them into the classroom.

iPad Sets

Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 classrooms are equipped with iPad sets to allow the teachers to include technology projects whenever deemed appropriate.

1:1 Chromebooks

Grades 3, 4, and 5 all have full class sets of Chromebooks to allow one-to-one computer use on a variety of lessons. Each student in these grades is assigned a Chromebook which lives in their classroom. Chromebooks remain at school so that they are always available when the teacher determines that their use will enrich an activity. The students are responsible for keeping their Chromebook charged and making sure it is properly put away each night.

Students receive Google Apps For Education (GAFE) accounts beginning in 3rd Grade. Students learn to use Google Docs for both individual and collaborative work, and, having their work on Google's servers means that they can continue work begun at school on any home computer on the internet. The Lower School Library also has a class set of Chromebooks which the Librarian uses to teach research and keyboarding skills.

Computer Science

For the past two years, students in Grade 3-5 have participated in the Code.org "Hour of Code". This year, upper school students in the Introduction to Computer Science course visited lower school classrooms and supported the Hour of Code classes. Everyone had a terrific time. We encourage all students to continue their learning about coding and are excited that afterschool programs in Scratch and Robotics are quite popular.