Library + Technology
The library at National Presbyterian School is the heart of the school. Every child at NPS visits the library weekly. Here they learn to enjoy literature and to use the library as a tool for research and learning. NPS believes that books are a window to learning about our Core Values, ourselves and our world. Our growing collection of over 13,000 books supports a love of literature and the research needs of students, staff and parents. A brand new, state of the art library space provides an age-appropriate atmosphere for all students. Children learn to use a web-based library catalog to locate books for independent reading and research needs. Through collaboration with the Education Technology Specialist, children learn to evaluate the relative merits of print and online sources to prepare them for a complex and diverse information landscape.
At National Presbyterian School, technology is used as a learning tool to enrich the core curriculum in all grades. 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. 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 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. 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.