Technology At Hill

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In 2009, Hill School began its 1:1 Technology Initiative to equip its students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.  Today, Hill School students in grades 7 – 12 utilize Microsoft Surface Pro slate technology at school and home and students in grades K-6 have access to touch screen laptops during the school day.

Digital tools can provide assistance and accommodation for many of the struggles encountered by students with learning differences from the use of text-to-speech programs, to remedial apps for learning foundational skills and organizational tools for assignments and projects.  This digital edge for different learners can level the playing field as a student progresses through the Hill School program, transitions to other settings, or graduates and pursues post-secondary schooling.  Digital learning captures students’ attention through a culturally relevant framework and helps engage them more successfully in the academic setting.

Our Technology Goals:

Hill School technology is used by faculty to foster collaboration, develop critical thinking skills, encourage oral and written communication, and provide a framework for global citizenship.  Hill School faculty and students are critical and ethical users of technology and address societal issues through current and future technologies.

  1. Hill School students are empowered to take charge of their learning through virtual project and problem-based, multi-disciplinary activities.
  2. Hill School technology integration promotes student engagement and knowledge acquisition; computers are almost invisible in support of lesson objectives.
  3. Hill School technology integration promotes student engagement and knowledge acquisition; computers are almost invisible in support of lesson objectives.

Hill School aspires to develop teachers and students who are adaptable to the changing technologies of the future. Students are guided to use technology thoughtfully to best address their personal learning needs. In support of critical thinking and problem-solving opportunities, appropriate digital tools and resources can help students address authentic problems and practice project management skills.

The benefits of technology can be particularly important to students with learning differences, and research has demonstrated that thoughtfully implemented technology:

  • increases the frequency and quality of assignment completion
  • improves motivation
  • eases frustration with the mechanics of reading, writing, and organization
  • improves overall productivity

Because of the dramatic changes in communication and technology in the last twenty years, it is no wonder that our expectations regarding student instruction continue to advance.  Technology is just the latest tool to make this happen.  The real “magic” in the classroom originates with the learning relationship between teacher and student.   A combination of digital engagement with experts who understand the learning process creates an optimal educational setting for our students.  In these ways, Hill School’s technology initiative truly supports our vision to give students with learning differences the skills and strategies they need to succeed on their own.

Student Tablet Program

 

Instructional Technology Includes

  • Wireless technology has been installed throughout campus to facilitate use of technology.
  • Three mobile labs (60 laptops) are available for check-out for classroom use, along with the existing four standard computer labs.
  • All classrooms have LCD projectors, and Mimio or SMART Boards have been installed for enhanced interactive instruction.
  • Thinkpad tablet computers for interactive teaching and learning have been purchased for faculty, which allows teachers to write with a stylus directly on the computer screen and project it for instruction, or post on RenWeb for student access.
  • The majority of teachers have attended training at the Lausanne Summer Laptop Institute to prepare for transition to a 1:1 computer classroom.
  • Phillip Howley is our Director of Technology Integration, with responsibility for assisting teachers and students with making effective use of technology a key element in the Student Success Pathway.
  • A wide variety of software for student use, including traditional learning games, Accelerated Reader (AR) and Rosetta Stone language-learning software.