While NPS is committed to preparing students for a future
in our dynamic, information-based society, the school carefully considers the implications of technology use on the young brain.
At National Presbyterian School, technology is used as a learning tool to enrich the core curriculum in all grades.
In Kindergarten and First Grade, iPads are used within the classroom for students to engage in math and reading practice in small centers. Students in Second through Sixth Grade attend classes with the Education Technology Specialist to learn fundamental technology skills, which in turn are integrated into classroom activities throughout the day.
NPS thus chooses to enhance curriculum with technology in measured steps, allowing best practices in child development to dictate use, rather than current trends.
Students learn proper research skills and abide by the acceptable use and safety policies when using computer equipment and the internet. Emphasis is placed on helping students become safe, ethical, and educated consumers of electronic media both within the school’s walls and beyond. Specific subject-related software and relevant internet websites reinforce concepts in language arts, math, science, social studies, Spanish, music, art, and drama. Assistive technology is also utilized to support varying learning styles within the classroom.
NPS students excel at:
- Technology Lab with Microsoft Surface Pros
- Makerbot Replicator 2x 3D Printer
- Glowforge 3D Laser Printer
- Dash and Dot Robots
- Interactive whiteboards in every classroom
- Education Technology Specialist is a SMART Notebook Certified Trainer and Google Certified Educator
- Portable laptop cart
- One-to-one devices (5–6)
- iPads with learning applications in all K-6 classrooms
- Dreambox subscriptions
- Typing.com and Keyboarding Without Tears accounts for keyboard instruction
- Digital and video cameras
- Google Classroom (4–6)